Figure from the paper "Why Countries Cut Ties in Peacetime by Aila Lonka

Why Countries Cut Ties in Peacetime

Why do states formally sever diplomatic relations with other states, when there is no recent history of military conflict or threat thereof between them? In this paper, I argue that before the 1960’s diplomatic sanctions were a prelude to war,

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Figure from the paper "Why Countries Cut Ties in Peacetime by Aila Lonka

Why Countries Cut Ties in Peacetime

Why do states formally sever diplomatic relations with other states, when there is no recent history of military conflict or threat thereof between them? In this paper, I argue that before the 1960’s diplomatic sanctions were a prelude to war,

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[VIDEO] Traditional Diplomacy Not Doing the Job

This photo essay introduces the field of citizen diplomacy and explores the crossroad between international relations and computer science. It explains the motivation and the vision behind starting this website.

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[VIDEO] Traditional Diplomacy Not Doing the Job

This photo essay introduces the field of citizen diplomacy and explores the crossroad between international relations and computer science. It explains the motivation and the vision behind starting this website.

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Photo of the book "The Leaderless Revolution"

Diplomat Carne Ross: an Anarchist? The Leaderless Revolution [Book Review]

A lot of old-truths/hippie-Gandhi-kind-of-stuff in an unexpected wrapping: a nice suit. Carne Ross, the author of “the Leaderless Revolution” was an insider of the political elite, the tip of power, but resigned after critically testifying about the British involvement in

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Photo of the book "The Leaderless Revolution"

Diplomat Carne Ross: an Anarchist? The Leaderless Revolution [Book Review]

A lot of old-truths/hippie-Gandhi-kind-of-stuff in an unexpected wrapping: a nice suit. Carne Ross, the author of “the Leaderless Revolution” was an insider of the political elite, the tip of power, but resigned after critically testifying about the British involvement in

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Syria shuts down the Internet

Several news sources today report that the entire country of Syria is experiencing an internet blackout. Experts and newspapers (The Guardian and the Huffington Post) accuse the government of Bashar al-Assad to be behind putting the country offline, while the

Syria shuts down the Internet

Several news sources today report that the entire country of Syria is experiencing an internet blackout. Experts and newspapers (The Guardian and the Huffington Post) accuse the government of Bashar al-Assad to be behind putting the country offline, while the

Graph digital diplomacy ranking

Why are US, UK and Australia Best at Digital Diplomacy?

The consultant firm Media Badger ranks governments’ digital diplomacy score, the U.S. takes the lead according to their research, the UK comes in second and third, Australia. There seems to be a language pattern: countries at the top of the

Graph digital diplomacy ranking

Why are US, UK and Australia Best at Digital Diplomacy?

The consultant firm Media Badger ranks governments’ digital diplomacy score, the U.S. takes the lead according to their research, the UK comes in second and third, Australia. There seems to be a language pattern: countries at the top of the

The difference between the terms “the Internet” and “the World Wide Web” visualized

The Difference Between Terms: “Internet” & “www”

This just goes to prove that it is important to define even the words we use in everyday speech. I did not realize the nuances between the two concepts “the Internet” and “the World Wide Web” before I started researching

The difference between the terms “the Internet” and “the World Wide Web” visualized

The Difference Between Terms: “Internet” & “www”

This just goes to prove that it is important to define even the words we use in everyday speech. I did not realize the nuances between the two concepts “the Internet” and “the World Wide Web” before I started researching

Sketch of Civil society going around governments in stead of through them

Open Source Diplomacy: Negotiations Between Humans Not Governments

Still trapped in the realm of imagination, I think about what it would be like to create a forum for open source diplomacy based on civil society rather than governments and diplomats. We know open source from things like: Wikipedia

Sketch of Civil society going around governments in stead of through them

Open Source Diplomacy: Negotiations Between Humans Not Governments

Still trapped in the realm of imagination, I think about what it would be like to create a forum for open source diplomacy based on civil society rather than governments and diplomats. We know open source from things like: Wikipedia

Using Facebook for International Relations

This is an interesting new tool that is actually really fun to play with: you can choose any country and then see where most of its foreign Facebook friends come from. Much of it is what you would expect: neighbors

Using Facebook for International Relations

This is an interesting new tool that is actually really fun to play with: you can choose any country and then see where most of its foreign Facebook friends come from. Much of it is what you would expect: neighbors

Picture of Julie Shackford-Bradley in her office at Berkeley

The Opposite Facebook [INTERVIEW]

Think about Facebook for a second… Facebook connects you with those you meet, and want to stay in touch with: Your best friends, acquaintances, and friends of your friends. With Facebook you can follow them in their lives, and stumble

Picture of Julie Shackford-Bradley in her office at Berkeley

The Opposite Facebook [INTERVIEW]

Think about Facebook for a second… Facebook connects you with those you meet, and want to stay in touch with: Your best friends, acquaintances, and friends of your friends. With Facebook you can follow them in their lives, and stumble

Sketch of Steven Weber

Solving human problems: a lot of long roads, dead ends [INTERVIEW]

I feel like my mind is glowing like a lightning bug. Ideas are circling around my head, close enough that I can almost grasp them, only just out of reach, which makes them all the more exciting. Professor Steven Weber,

Sketch of Steven Weber

Solving human problems: a lot of long roads, dead ends [INTERVIEW]

I feel like my mind is glowing like a lightning bug. Ideas are circling around my head, close enough that I can almost grasp them, only just out of reach, which makes them all the more exciting. Professor Steven Weber,