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Digital Diplomacy and US Foreign Policy

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Author: Alec Ross1
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  • 1 US Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520, United States@Alecjross | facebook.com/alec.ross1
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We live in an era of pervasive connectivity. At an astonishing pace, much of the world’s population is joining a common network. The proliferation of communications and information technology creates very significant changes for statecraft. But we have to keep in mind that the Internet is not a magic potion for political and social progress. Technology by itself is agnostic. It simply amplifies the existing sociologies on the ground, for good or ill. And it is much better at organizing protest movements than organizing institutions to support new governments in place of those that have been toppled. Diplomacy in the twenty-first century must grapple with both the potential and the limits of technology in foreign policy, and respond to the disruptions that it causes in international relations.

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