Prof Corneliu Bjola

Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies

Corneliu Bjola received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto (2007) and previously taught and conducted research at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. He was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defense Force Academy (2012) and China Foreign Affairs University (2016). 

His current research interests relate to the impact of digital technology on the conduct of diplomacy with a focus on strategic communication and digital influence as well as on theories and methods for countering disinformation and propaganda. 

He has authored or edited five books, including the co-edited volumes on Countering Online Propaganda and Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy (Routledge, forthcoming), and Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2015). His work has been published in Global AffairsEuropean Journal of International RelationsInternational NegotiationReview of International StudiesBritish Journal of Politics and International RelationsGlobal PolicyJournal of Global Ethics and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy.

Bjola is co-editor of the book series on 'New Diplomatic Studies' with Routledge, and Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Diplomacy and Foreign Policy. He is the recipient of the 2014 OxTALENT award for enhancing students' learning experience using social media apps awarded by the Oxford Committee on Teaching and Learning Enhanced with Technology.

In the media
Digital diaspora diplomacy
Managing societal threats in the digital age: the case of propaganda and violent extremism
Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group
Fracturing echo chambers of hate

Corneliu Bjola teaches the Foundation Course in International Diplomacy for the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy as well as offering options on Diplomatic Management of International Crises and Diplomacy and International Law.

Research Students supervised

Sabrina Brandt
Research Student
Jennifer Cassidy
Research Student
Ilan Manor
Research Student
Lucie Qian Xia
Research Student

Books and monographs

Bjola, Corneliu (with James Pamment) (eds) (forthcoming) 'Countering Online Propaganda and Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy', Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with Markus Kornprobst) (2018) 'Understanding International Diplomacy: Theory, Practice and Ethics (2nd ed)', Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with Stuart Murray) (eds) (2016) 'Secret Diplomacy: Concepts, Contexts and Cases', London: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with Marcus Holmes) (eds) (2015) 'Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice', London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with M Kornprobst) (2013) 'Understanding International Diplomacy: Theory, Practice and Ethics', London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with M Kornprobst) (eds) (2010) 'Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld, and Shared Reasoning', London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2009) 'Legitimising the Use of Force in International Politics: Kosovo, Iraq and the Ethics of Intervention', London and New York: Routledge (Monograph)

Journal articles and special issues

Bjola, Corneliu (with Ilan Manor) (2018) 'Revisiting Putnam’s Two-Level Game Theory in the Digital Age: Domestic Digital Diplomacy and the Iran Nuclear Deal', Cambridge Review of International Affairs 31 (2)
Bjola, Corneliu (2018) 'The Ethics of Countering Digital Propaganda', Ethics & International Affairs 32 (3)
Bjola, Corneliu (2016) 'Getting digital diplomacy right: What quantum theory can teach us about measuring impact?', C Bjola (ed) Forum on 'Digital Diplomacy: State of the Art' Global Affairs 2 (3)
Bjola, Corneliu (with J Pamment) (2016) 'Digital Containment: Revisting Containment Strategy in the Digital Age', Global Affairs 2 (2)
Bjola, Corneliu (2015) 'How to use Momentum Analysis to Explain and Forecast the Outcome of International Negotiations?', International Negotiation 20 (2) 319-49
Bjola, Corneliu (2015) 'Diplomacy as World Disclosure: A Fractal Theory of Crisis Management', British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Bjola, Corneliu (2014) 'Negotiation Breakthrough Analysis: The Case of Climate Negotiations', International Negotiation 19 (1) 127-53
Bjola, Corneliu (2014) 'Understanding Enmity and Friendship in World Politics: The Case for a Diplomatic Approach', The Hague Journal of Diplomacy 8 (1) 1-20
Bjola, Corneliu (2013) 'The Ethics of Secret Diplomacy: A Contextual Approach', Journal of Global Ethics 10 (1) 85-100
Bjola, Corneliu (2013) 'Keeping the Arctic 'Cold': The Rise of Plurilateral Diplomacy?', Global Policy 4 (4) 347-58
Bjola, Corneliu (2008) 'Legitimacy and the Use of Force: Bridging the Legal-Moral Divide', Review of International Studies 34(4) 627-44
Bjola, Corneliu (with M Kornprobst) (2007) 'Understanding Dissonance in Security Communities: Germany and the United States on Iraq', Review of International Studies 33(2) 285-305
Bjola, Corneliu (2005) 'Legitimating the Use of Force in International Relations: A Communicative Action Perspective', European Journal of International Relations 11(2) 266-303


Bjola, Corneliu (forthcoming) 'Morality and Diplomacy'. In Gordon Martel (ed) Encyclopedia of Diplomacy , Wiley-Blackwell
Bjola, Corneliu (2016) 'The Theory and Practice of Secret Diplomacy'. In Corneliu Bjola & Stuart Murray (eds) Secret Diplomacy: Concepts, Contexts and Cases , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2016) 'Diplomatic Ethics'. In C Constantinou, P Kerr and P Sharp (eds) SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy , SAGE
Bjola, Corneliu (2015) 'Digital Diplomacy as Change Management'. In C Bjola, M Holmes (eds) Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (with Lu Jiang) (2015) 'Social Media and Public Diplomacy: A Comparative Analysis of the Digital Diplomatic Strategies of the EU, US and Japan in China'. In C Bjola, M Holmes (eds) Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2014) 'Global Governance'. In D Rowe (ed) Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices , New York: Macmillan Reference USA
Bjola, Corneliu (with M Kornprobst) (2010) 'Introduction: The Argumentative Deontology of Global Governance'. In C Bjola, M Kornprobst (eds) Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld, and Shared Reasoning pp 1-15 , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2010) 'The Power of the Public Sphere: (Anti)diplomacy and Crisis Management Within Security Communities'. In C Bjola, M Kornprobst (eds) Arguing Global Governance: Agency, Lifeworld, and Shared Reasoning pp 194-209 , London and New York: Routledge
Bjola, Corneliu (2005) 'European Integration and the Politics of Commitment: The Case of Romania'. In A Skuhra (ed) EU - Eastern Enlargement , Innsbruck: Studieverlag
Bjola, Corneliu (2004) 'Bringing Legitimacy Back in International Politics: The Use of Forced after the Cold War'. In A Howell (ed) Governance and Global (Dis)orders: Trends Transformations and Impasses , Toronto: York Centre for International Security Studies
Bjola, Corneliu (2001) 'Collective Identity, Irony, and European Integration'. In John Micgiel (ed) Democracy and Integration in an Enlarging Europe , New York: Institute for the Study of Europe at Columbia University

Working papers

11 June, 2018
New article by Corneliu Bjola, Ilan Manor explores impact of digitalisation on ‘two-level game theory’ of international negotiations
29 March, 2017
ODID's digital diplomacy researchers recognised in #SODD16 review
02 December, 2016
ODID researchers co-host workshop on Twitter diplomacy at UN Office in Geneva
01 November, 2016
New article by Corneliu Bjola examines how to measure impact of digital diplomacy
06 April, 2016
Secret diplomacy - concepts, contexts and cases: new book co-edited by Corneliu Bjola
07 April, 2015
New book: Digital Diplomacy Co-edited by Corneliu Bjola
11 June, 2014
Corneliu Bjola Wins OxTALENT Award for Use of Social Media in Teaching
06 June, 2014
New Blog Post: Corneliu Bjola on Secret Diplomacy
27 March, 2014
New Blog Post: Corneliu Bjola on Predicting Climate Change Negotiation Outcomes
01 November, 2013
Global Governance & Diplomacy Public Speaker Series - Peter Dauvergne Interview


15 Jun, 2018
'If you overuse memes (like the Russian embassy in London) you risk further controversy'. Corneliu Bjola cited in article in The Hill
06 Jun, 2018
'The idea is to provoke and in so doing to change the terms of the discussion in a manner that minimises online backlash'. Corneliu Bjola comments in Independent on tweet exchange between Israeli embassy in US and Iran
09 Apr, 2018
'Diplomacy has been "weaponized" with memes, trolling, online polls'. Corneliu Bjola cited in NBC news article 9 April
19 Dec, 2017
'Reaping the benefits of digital public diplomacy'. Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor write for the Jerusalem Post
12 Dec, 2017
'Emmanuel Macron a profité du vide laissé par les États-Unis depuis l’arrivée de Donald Trump'. Corneliu Bjola quoted by La Croix in article that explores how California is taking note of French leadership on the climate
05 Nov, 2017
'Digital diplomacy 2.0 pushes the boundary'. Corneliu Bjola writes for Global Times
22 Apr, 2017
'Re-crafting the Israeli digital narrative'. Corneliu Bjola, Ilan Manor write for Jerusalem Post
07 Apr, 2017
'Diplomacy in the digital age'. Corneliu Bjola interviewed by Lithuanian co-project with The Economist, IQ
09 Feb, 2017
'Why is Denmark creating the world's first digital embassy to deal with Google, Facebook and other technology giants?'. Corneliu Bjola comments for BBC Mundo
17 Jan, 2017
'Generous friend or reckless bully: Sushma Swaraj’s Twitter diplomacy is a dangerous tightrope walk'. Corneliu Bjola and Ilan Manor quoted in Quartz on Indian Foreign Minister's twiplomatic controversy over Amazon
Research interests:

Digital diplomacy; cultural diplomacy, secret/back-channel diplomacy; diplomatic crisis management; diplomatic ethics; negotiation breakthrough analysis; EU diplomacy.