Trends and Innovation in Digital Diplomacy

APCD lecture

Event details

APCD Public Lecture

Date & time

Monday 30 October 2017


Lecture Theatre 2.02, Sir Roland Wilson Building (120), McCoy Circuit, ANU
ANU Canberra


Professor Jan Melissen, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute, The Netherlands


Bell School

There is now less euphoria about the impact of the digital age on diplomacy than some years ago, and as a result of fast-moving social and technological change there are more reasons to discuss the state of “digital diplomacy”. Jan Melissen interprets digital diplomacy in the context of wider innovation and change in diplomacy today. He is in Canberra because he is interested in learning more about diplomacy going digital in this part of the world.

Jan Melissen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ in The Hague, and Professor of Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp. He is a non-resident fellow with the Centre for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, and with the Charhar Institute in China. He has been a visiting scholar at China’s Foreign Affairs University in Beijing and in 2018 he will do research at the Korea Institute of Economic Policy (KIEP) in Seoul. Jan held various management positions at the Clingendael Institute (2001-12), including Director of Training and Director of Research, and he was previously Director of the Centre for the Study of Diplomacy at the University of Leicester (UK). In recent years he has worked with several governments in Europe and beyond on change and innovation in diplomatic practice, including digital diplomacy, MFA networking and public diplomacy. Jan Melissen is founding co-editor of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, the premier research journal on the study of diplomacy. He co-authored the Clingendael Diplomacy in the Digital Age (2015). His two latest co-edited books are Rethinking International Institutions (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2016) and Understanding Public Diplomacy in East Asia (Palgrave, 2015), the successor volume to Public Diplomacy and Soft Power in East Asia (Palgrave, 2011). His recent publications on digital diplomacy for academic journals include articles in Global Affairs (2016) and Global Policy (2017.In Asia some of his work has been published in Chinese and Korean.

Email: Twitter: @JanMDiplo

Please join us for light refreshments before the lecture at 5pm. The lecture will start at 5:30pm.

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