Diplomacy forced to go virtual (and adapt to modern times) during the spread of Coronavirus

Jovan Kurbalija, Diplo Foundation


Reno Laithienne on Unsplash
Reno Laithienne on Unsplash

Going virtual, Virtual Diplomacy faces three main challenges: the failures in technology and online platforms & access to the internet for all, the fundamental dynamics of human interaction, and new uncertain protocol. Diplomats need to adopt “hybrid diplomacy” which combines both face-to-face and online meetings, USA-Taliban negotiation showed the need for hybrid diplomacy as opposed to just Virtual.



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