The Age of Digital Diplomacy

The Age of Digital Diplomacy
European Parliament at dusk - Strasbourg, France. Long exposure, motion blurred cars

Portland’s Jimmy Leach joined a distinguished panel at Georgetown University in Washington, DC to discuss Digital Diplomacy – the use of digital platforms by non-state actors to achieve strategic policy goals by building relationships and creating communities.

With the creation of these communities, governments are directly engaging the public on critical policy issues, benefiting both diplomats and citizens alike. In a digital world the size of your country matters less than the impact of your digital engagement. The panel explored what’s working, what’s not, and lessons learned.

Jimmy was joined in the panel discussion by:

  • Gokhan Yucel — Co-founder & President of
  • Joakim Edvardsson Reimar — Head of Digital Diplomacy for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Petrit Selimi — Deputy Foreign Minister, Government of Kosovo

Moderator:  James Barbour – Minister Counselor, Press and Public Diplomacy at the European Union Delegation to the United States

The event, hosted by The Digital Diplomacy Coalition and the British Council, took place on Thursday October 9. Watch the entire event below:

Read Jimmy Leach’s article on the continuing evolution of Digital Diplomacy

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