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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
Abdul Raufu Mustapha
23 Jan, 2017

Exploring 15 years of Sharia implementation in northern Nigeria

In October 1999, Zamfara in the north became the first Nigerian state to reintroduce full Sharia law and by the end of 2001, 11 other northern states had followed suit.

By
Nikita Sud
17 Jan, 2017

The new superpowers in the global land grab and how they operate

Much of the global south – broadly comprising the continents of Asia, Africa, and Latin America – was shaped by colonialism. The so-called “great game” and the scrambles between Britain, Portugal, Belgium,...

By
Jörg Friedrichs
15 Jan, 2017

Learning tolerance from religion

Do you believe in democracy and gender equality? Even if you and I do, not everyone everywhere does.

By
Ilan Manor
06 Jan, 2017

10 tips to increase ROI on #DigitalDiplomacy

On Friday, 2 December, the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, and the Latvian Mission to Geneva, co-hosted a Digital Diplomacy event at the UN headquarters in Geneva. The purpose of the event was to...

By
Ivan Manokha
05 Jan, 2017

Why the rise of wearable tech to monitor employees is worrying

An increasing number of companies are beginning to digitally monitor their employees. While employers have always scrutinised their workers’ performance, the rise of wearable technology to keep tabs has...

By
Indrajit Roy
02 Dec, 2016

Trump and Modi: birds of the same feather, but with different world views

Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US president illustrates the global ascendance of the political right. Comparisons with Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, whose rise predates Trump’s by two years,...

By
11 Nov, 2016

Deporting ‘illegal’ migrants: an open letter to President-elect Trump

Dear Mr Trump,

The American people have voted and they voted for you. Although their choice has no easy explanation, the first analyses suggest that you may have reached an audience that has felt...

By
Nikita Sud
08 Nov, 2016

Why Indians aren't impressed with Theresa May's business offer

Theresa May’s three-day tour of India marks the start of her attempt to secure post-Brexit business with non-EU countries. Yet the message beginning to emanate from the UK government is: Indians, we want...

By
Indrajit Roy
27 Oct, 2016

India's slow-brewing political storm is steadily gathering strength

When Narendra Modi was elected as head of India’s BJP government in May 2014, he was expected to usher in a period of stability and development. But midway into his term, he and his party are lurching from...

By
Jo Boyden
12 Aug, 2016

How to stop the world’s 3.1 billion young people being left behind

There are more young people in the world than ever before. While some see the planet’s 3.1 billion under 25-year-olds as a threat, others see the true potential of this demographic dividend. On...

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