Written by: Roger Croix Webb Public Diplomacy Practitioner, on Leave of Absence from the United States Department of State.* *The views and opinions expressed in this essay are exclusively those of its author and are not in any way meant to reflect the opinions or policies of the US Government. “No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.” Michel de Montaigne There was a moment in history when the United States was desperate for a friend. The fledgling nation was a year into its war of independence and faced certain defeat [...]
About admin29This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far admin29 has created 39 blog entries.
36 Digital Diplomats from 11 countries gathered between 21 and 25 June 2021 in Bar, Montenegro for a five-day European Digital Diplomacy Exchange training, which was organized by the Centre for European Perspective together with the U.S. Department of State. Our first in-person training – after March 2020 – was a success. An amazing group of highly motivated individuals went through fully packed five-day training that consisted of many interesting lectures and workshops relating to the field of digital diplomacy. In the first three days, participants were able to listen to and participate in various sessions and workshops aimed to [...]
We have the pleasure to announce that the first fully in-person training after March 2020 will take place in the coastal town of Bar (Montenegro) between 21 and 25 June 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic also pushed our project into the grip of virtual activities that had a much lower impact in comparison to in-person activities. The training in Montenegro will be a perfect opportunity to gather government communicators, especially young individuals that did not have the opportunity to expand their knowledge yet. Throughout the training, which will be focused on practicality, we will cover general topics about digital diplomacy such as [...]
Written by: Miriam Možgan Former journalist, former Secretary-General of the Bled Strategic Forum, strategic communication advisor, digital diplomat, currently working at the Slovenian Diplomatic Academy. The digitalisation of diplomacy has been constantly shaped by offline events. From remote working to diplomacy, banking, and online retail, the pandemic has compressed a year’s worth of transformation into months, bringing with it a dramatic shake-up in how people live, where they work, and how they socialise, and in how governments communicate to each other and with their public. We have witnessed diplomats adopting Zoom and Webex technologies, dropping their risk-averse costumes and adopting [...]
Written by: Marina Marković Head of the Public Diplomacy Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia First of all, I hope that you are all well, that these strange, sometimes even scary times marked by COVID-19 have not been too harsh on you, that you and your close ones are all doing well, and that we shall soon have an opportunity to meet in person to do a proper EDDE (European Digital Diplomacy Exchange … I like all these words, but my favourite one has become exchange, in the sense of a proper, in-person chat—the EDDE has [...]
Each EDDE event is something special and this one was not an exception, particularly because it was done in a hybrid version - virtually and on the spot at Jable castle – together with the Diplomatic Academy of Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Despite having a positive nervousness before the start everything went well and the whole training turned out to be a success. In two days, 50 Slovenian diplomats, ambassadors, and embassy officials had a chance to listen and to participate in a variety of lectures about Digital Diplomacy. The training was launched by the introductory remarks by Ingrid [...]
ANNOUNCEMENT: European Digital Diplomacy Exchange is joining forces with Diplomatic Academy of Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairsadmin292021-04-01T13:04:56+00:00
We are back in action. This time we will organize training for the Diplomatic Academy of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Slovenia and abroad, we were forced to move the training to virtual space - the ZOOM platform. The training will take place on Tuesday, March 30, and Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The fully packed two-day training will cover a variety of topics such as the digital media information landscape, visual essentials, messaging campaigns, crisis communication, countering disinformation and propaganda, influencer marketing, lessons learned from the last decade, etc. The Training will be [...]
Written by: Ilija Zhupanoski Digital Communications Advisor to the Prime Minister of North Macedonia The use of information and communication technologies can be very helpful when it comes to attaining traditional diplomacy goals. The information shared on social media rapidly spreads across the globe, carrying messages, images or videos from one country to attract sympathies of citizens in another country. In the modern world of today, digital communications have allowed governments to significantly increase transparency of their institutions by regularly providing information to citizens and enhanced their openness, maintaining the citizens’ high level of trust in the authorities. The same [...]
Written by: Alex Roitman Moldovan career diplomat, a founding member of the European Digital Diplomacy Board. Audio-only social media app. My morning started unusually. I was listening to what seemed to be a phone conversation between Russian bloggers (Ilya Varlamov), civil activists, lawyers (Ilya Novikov), and participants all the way from Moscow and Saint Petersburg down to Rostov. They were sharing their thoughts on coronavirus restrictions and vaccination, politics in Russia and worldwide, or weather, as if they are gathered in a room, to which I was also invited, better said, to which I got by mistake. I kept my [...]
Written by: Mykolas Mazolevskis Chief Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Communication and Cultural Diplomacy Department Public Information Division, who is responsible for MFA’s digital communication on different social media platforms. At the beginning of 2021, when we talk about the year 2020, when we even (dare to) remember the year that passed not so long ago we tend to think about it in a bad way. Well apparently most of us do. We watch video reviews about how the year was the worst in a century or spend an evening sitting on a [...]