The Norwegian Diplomatic Academy (UKS) started producing podcasts as part of its training catalogue in February 2020. When the pandemic forced everyone to work from home from mid March, this training format became more popular than we had imagined. We have recorded podcast series on multilateral negotiations, consular issues, trade promotion, as well as cross-cutting issues in development cooperation.
This fall, we are developing a podcast series on digital diplomacy to support a reflection within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the new demands of diplomacy. We invite experts from around the world to our studio, digitally or in person when possible, to help us better understand the concept of digital diplomacy. With this, we hope to provide colleagues and collaborators with insights into the skills needed by today's diplomats.
We were delighted to welcome Diplo's Director, Professor Jovan Kurbalija, as our inaugural guest for a historical perspective. He highlights how diplomacy adjusted through waves of new technology, from the telegraph to today's digital meeting platforms.
Professor Kurbalija outlines the concept of digital diplomacy as three pillars; digital as environment, referring to geopolitics, digital as issues, such as cyber, privacy, human rights and lastly digital as a tool, including meeting platforms such as Zoom and Teams, or social media. Digital multilateral diplomacy provides challenges and opportunities, he argues. Today's diplomats still need the classic skillsets for traditional diplomatic work, but also an understanding of the options represented by technology, such as the use of AI to help analyse data.
We wanted to share this first episode of our new podcast series with colleagues in the IFDT network, and we are equally curious to learn from our counterparts at other diplomatic academies.
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