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Open door policy

In an article for's Argument section, Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson asks whether the State Department's ambitious new plan to subvert autocratic regimes online can actually succeed.The article can be read here

War tweets

In his latest column in American Review, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf looks at the growing use of twitter as a propaganda tool in warfare, from Afghanistan to Somalia.The column can be read here. 

Revolution@State: the spread of ediplomacy

This report is the first time the rapidly growing ediplomacy effort at the US State Department has been mapped. It reveals State now employs over 150 full-time ediplomacy personnel working in 25 different nodes at Headquarters. More than 900 people use ediplomacy at US missions abroad. The

The diplomatic tweet

In his latest column in the journal American Review, the Lowy Institute’s Rory Medcalf argues that diplomats, spies, journalists and analysts who shun social media are at risk of becoming the blacksmiths of the information age: quaint, heavy-handed and unviable. His column can be accessed here

Distinguished Speaker Series: Australian diplomacy in the 21st century - Dennis Richardson presentation

On 30 August 2011 in Canberra, at a special event in the Lowy Institute's Distinguished Speaker Series, Mr Dennis Richardson, AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, spoke on the topic 'DFAT: who are we, and what do we do?'Mr Richardson outlined the role of his department and

Diplomatic disrepair: rebuilding Australia international policy infrastructure

This comprehensive 2011 study revisits the influential 2009 Lowy Institute report Australia’s Diplomatic Deficit, and warns that Australia’s chronically underfunded and overstretched overseas diplomatic network risks Australia’s global security and standing. Despite some positive developments

Struggling to be heard: Australia international broadcasters fight for a voice in the region

In the Summer 2011 issue of Public Diplomacy magazine, Alex Oliver and Annmaree O’Keeffe describe the struggle by Australia’s international broadcasters for an effective voice in the Asia region, hampered by a volatile funding environment and government neglect of public diplomacy as a vital

Diplomacy, transparency and public opinion

In this article in leading Spanish-language international affairs journal Politica Exterior, Lowy Institute program director Rory Medcalf examines the consequences of the publication of thousands of classified diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks.The original article in Spanish can be accessed at: http://

Harnessing the power of social media in international relations

Lowy Institute Research Fellow Fergus Hanson writes for ISN Insights that Twitter may be just another way of sharing inane chatter, but if you have written the service off, think again. Social media has emerged as a powerful new tool in international relations, and it deserves closer attention.ISN

Wednesday Lunch at Lowy: E-diplomacy and why Australia needs to catch up, fast - Fergus Hanson presentation

Technology and the rapid spread of the internet and mobile phones are changing the way diplomacy is being conducted. Leading diplomatic services are adapting, but many are being left behind. New digital tools mean foreign ministries need to change the way they communicate, manage staff, pursue

International broadcasting and its contribution to public diplomacy

International broadcasting is one of the principal means of presenting a country’s perspective, views and values to foreign publics and their leaders, and a fundamental component of a nation’s public diplomacy. This study surveyed the international broadcasting operations of ten major

Diplomacy in ruins

In an article in The Weekend Australian, Lowy Institute Research Associate Alex Oliver and Senior Research Fellow Andrew Shearer write that Australia's ability to have its voice heard overseas has been dangerously compromised.The Australian, 27 March 2010, Inquirer p. 4