Dr Jérémie Cornut
This presentation will provide an overview on how new technologies of communication changes the repertoire of public diplomacy. Building on the practice turn in IR, it considers public diplomacy to be a practical activity performed by individuals embedded in webs of relations. Public diplomacy is analyzed not principally as a tool or instrument of states, but as an activity undertaken by agents selecting from repertoires of narrative practices. The use of Twitter by US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (2012-2014) and the Twitter war between Canada and Russia in August 2014 are taken as illustrations. This makes sense of how new technologies have transformed the way diplomats communicate and publicly engage with state and non-state actors. All this will contribute to theoretical discussions about narrative, agency and change in world politics and a better understanding of how diplomats promote their country's soft power using social media.
Dr Jérémie Cornut is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada. His teaching and research focus on diplomacy, International Relations theory, Canadian foreign policy, and the sociology of knowledge. His articles have notably been published in the European Journal of International Relations, the Review of International Studies, Cooperation and Conflict, Journal of International Relations and Development, International Studies Perspectives, International Journal, and Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. He is currently working on a project on the transformative impact of new technologies of communication on diplomacy.
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