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New Diplomacy: Evolution of Technology in 21st Century

by on March 19, 2013

Nobody can deny that, the diplomacy in 21st Century become wide different and more developed than the diplomacy in previous centuries. The communication in that time was very slow as the people normally use boats and ships across and behind sea and Camel or Fast human beings in some area in the world. For example news of the U.S. Declaration of Independence took the same amount of time to reach Great Britain by boat as it did to reach the southern United State by land, while Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence 5 years ago was heard almost instantly by governments and people across the world.


The governments in Modern world frequently use latest versions of communication Technology to communicate with their, Embassies, bases, counterparts and even enemy to create new or maintain existing relationships. Global leaders used to solve the diplomacy crisis via telegrams telephones and fax communication, however technology expansion led later leaders to use teleconferences, emails, Facebook, Twitter and other communication technology which made whole the Global in one village. 

ImagePresident Bush at Camp David in June during a teleconference on Iraq with Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Donald H. Rumsfeld..jpg

One of the latest and fast versions of communication is Twitter, where most of Global leaders uses and have a accounts. For example U.S. President Barak Obama have a 30-40 million followers to his account, some of them are world leaders like Royal family members, Presidents, Prime ministers, Diplomats, Politicians and ordinary people, so he use in daily routine and very often when he want to highlight some issues or influence in certain policies.



Email communication changed the traditional diplomacy way of communication, in 21st century when a country want to nominate a ambassador to another country the leaders exchange emails to give advanced information from the new ambassador before he/she finally went to the country and give official nomination letters. In contrast there are some negatives caused by new technology when it comes to leaked out. Good examples are U.S. cable break down and Wikileaks scandals, United Kingdom Ambassador to Chile’s leaked tweet about Falkland Islands in Chile and Argentine football game. Image


Furthermore cyber attack allegations in recent weeks between United States and China is result of technology evolution which can be used in both negative and positive ways. U.S. claims that china hacking sensitive governmental sites as well as public and private sites, however, China denied any involvement in such attacks as they are complaining in similar situation.   –Irans-Nuclear-Programme—Diplomatic-Solution-or-Military-Action


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  1. christianatham permalink

    Gone were the days in the 15th century when the dependence of communication were solely reliance on the services of the merchants caravans. Communication as at that period was slowing, insecure and unpredictable. But it was regarded as adequate at that time. Technological change has affected almost every profession in the world .Despite the fact that diplomacy has been described as the second oldest profession in the world, some academics believe diplomacy will never be the same again due to the changes in communication. The telegraphy, telephone, television including 24 hours news channel, internet and the new social media has each been heralded. The same high technological changes have empowered people who are able to learn to organise and express themselves in unprecedented way.
    I agree with you that the development of technology has to its disadvantages like whole episode with Wikileaks. I personally find is interesting as it brings forth the institution of diplomacy practically in our modern times (diplomatic conflic) .The Ecuadorian government and United Kingdom government are aiming for a solution that will respect the values of international human rights and the integrity of sovereign nations.
    While modern communication have eroded the assessment role performed by diplomats from most of small to large power, the old institution of diplomacy is still a critical player in key capitals. Government must encourage and adjust their embassies to response to these global demographics and technological phenomena.
    I.Barston, R.P (2006) Modern diplomacy Published by Pearson Longman.
    II.Stein, J G (2011) Diplomacy in the digital age: essays in honour of Ambassador Allan Published by McClelland & Stewart.
    III.Nowotny, Thomas (2011) Diplomacy and Global Governance. Transaction Publishers

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