Digital Diplomacy and Its Effect on International Relations

Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2017

Department 1

International Affairs

Department 2

Center for Global Education


Digital technology has undoubtedly shaped the way in which the modern world works, going so far as to create a new form of diplomacy known as digital diplomacy. This paper seeks to explore the evolving nature of digital diplomacy and determine its effect on international relations. Four in-person interviews and 20 academic sources were used in order to assess the advantages and challenges that digital diplomacy presents. Acknowledging the way in which diplomats have been able to utilize social media to further the interests of their nations, this paper argues that digital diplomacy is a positive tool that can be used by governments in modern day statecraft. However, traditional methods of diplomacy still remain relevant.


Written as part of the SIT Switzerland: Multilateral Diplomacy and International Relations program.

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