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Gettysburg College

Publication Date

Spring 2017

Program Name

Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy

Abstract

Digital technology has undoubtedly shaped the way in which the modern world works, going so far as to create a new form of diplomacy known as digital diplomacy. This paper seeks to explore the evolving nature of digital diplomacy and determine its effect on international relations. Four in-person interviews and 20 academic sources were used in order to assess the advantages and challenges that digital diplomacy presents. Acknowledging the way in which diplomats have been able to utilize social media to further the interests of their nations, this paper argues that digital diplomacy is a positive tool that can be used by governments in modern day statecraft. However, traditional methods of diplomacy still remain relevant.

Disciplines

Communication | Communication Technology and New Media | Community-Based Research | Digital Humanities | International and Area Studies