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Richard C. Holbrooke Forum

Digital Diplomacy Project

(October 14 – 16, 2018)

The Digital Diplomacy Project is a series of seminars initiated by the Richard C. Holbrooke Forum in 2017 to explore how the mega-trends of digitalization and globalization affect international relations. In the last year alone, the actions of determined national leaders such as Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have underscored the need for insights into new forms of state behavior enabled by digital technologies. Consequently, this seminar, the project’s third, will identify the major digital upheavals that have occurred over the past five years, and assess the dramatic effects they have had on traditional statecraft and diplomacy. How has digitalization impacted the global and national institutions of the postwar order? In what ways has the internet, despite the best intentions of its idealistic pioneers, become a tool for dictators and criminals? How has the definition of “value” changed and how does the evolution of digital networks affect the values of our societies? In particular, do we still share the fundamental values necessary to achieve broad social consensus or are we witnessing its collapse?

14 Oct 18
Foreign Policy
00:00 - 00:00
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