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01 Dec, 2017
By Ilan Manor

Do MFAs really attract journalists on social media?

Some have traced the origins of digital diplomacy to America’s need to counter Al-Qaeda’s online narrative and recruitment efforts. As Ellen Hallams has written, already in 2008 it was estimated that the internet was responsible for 80% of the recruitment of Jihadi movements. In an attempt to stem the tide of recruitment, and counter Al-Qaeda’s narrative of holy Jihad against Western Imperialism, the State Department migrated online and began conversing with Muslim netiznes.

Yet nowadays, MFAs, embassies and diplomats are especially keen on attracting journalists, editors, news organizations and media outlets to their digital diplomacy accounts. Some hope to attract journalists as a means of increasing their online reach.

By
Jennifer Cassidy
29 Aug, 2017

Addressing gender disparity in the diplomatic sphere

It is beyond dispute that various sociocultural, ideological, economic, and institutional barriers have historically ensured the exclusion of women from the political arena: the professional space in which...

By
Robin Cohen
08 Aug, 2017

Refugia: a utopian solution to the crisis of mass displacement

And still they come. An apparently endless flotilla of rubber dinghies filled with migrants and refugees making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe. As the numbers and visibility of this migration...

By
Naohiko Omata
07 Aug, 2017

Promoting ‘self-reliance’ for refugees: what does it really mean?

Promotion of ‘self-reliance’ for refugees has occupied a central place in the policy arena of the international refugee regime in recent years. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)...

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Oliver Owen
Jan Beek
Mirco Göpfert
Jonny Steinberg
21 Jul, 2017

Why we need to rethink how we look at policing in Africa

Until recently, scholarly works on formal policing institutions in Africa were few and far between, despite the fact that in countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and others, there are very large...

By
Christopher Bredholt
12 Jul, 2017

Constructing development: financing the infrastructure gap in emerging and developing economies

Making up the shortfall between global infrastructure investment needs and actual spending is high on the agenda for policy-makers and investors. According to McKinsey Global Institute, the world needs to...

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07 Jul, 2017

On the margins: meetings to watch at the Hamburg G20

Summits are not just — or even mostly — about what happens in the formal leaders' meetings. What happens on the sidelines often has the largest impact on steering the course of international politics.

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07 Jul, 2017

The new role of the G20: safeguarding global governance from a revisionist America

Under the Trump administration, the United States has not only stepped back from its position of global leadership, but now actively plays a spoiler role in the governance agenda.

By
Carol Graham
29 Jun, 2017

Do aspirations and well-being matter for children’s outcomes? Lessons from Peru

The linkages between parent’s circumstances, well-being, and aspirations and their children’s outcomes is a fundamental question for social scientists and policymakers in countries at all levels of...

By
Emilio Travieso
23 Jun, 2017

Food sovereignty and beyond: an alternative from the Tseltal of Chiapas, Mexico

In response to the need for more sustainable, just and healthy food systems, social innovators are experimenting with alternative models, notably through initiatives that combine agroecology with social and...

By
Naohiko Omata
20 Jun, 2017

Who thrives, who struggles? Exploring the determinants of economic success among refugees

Today is the 16th United Nations' World Refugee Day, a day to recognize and honour refugees’ resilience, agency and capability.

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