Diplomacy & Beyond

The blog Diplomacy and Beyond examines the recent developments in Digital Diplomacy, eDiplomacy, and more generally the use of social media and digital tools in diplomacy and foreign policy. It is curated by Andreas Sandre, author of the book "Twitter for Diplomats, and a Press and Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC. The views expressed in this blog are the author's only and do not necessarily reflect those of the Embassy of Italy. On Twitter: @andreas212nyc
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Social media has changed the way we see the world. It has changed the way we communicate and interact at all levels. Tools like Twitter and Facebook now allow global interconnectivity that goes far beyond countries borders, political systems, and ideologies. But social media is only the most visible part of the shift currently weaving into the fabric of foreign policy.

Governments are now looking for a higher level of engagement that goes beyond social media and at the same time harnesses the power of digital tools to open a dialogue with more than just official entities and diplomatic elites. It is a phenomenon that has brought to the international stage new non-state actors, including citizens, networks, government agencies, regional entities, businesses, foundations, non-governmental organizations… and the list goes on.

Read Andreas Sandre’s article on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andreas-sandre/global-interconnectivity-_b_3071557.html