The Future of Diplomacy

New Tools for a New Global Order
The international environment is changing rapidly as new technologies shape and enhance the engagement of both state and non-state actors. At the same time, the relative decline of US hegemony has driven instability and conflict, from which old geopolitical agendas have re-emerged. Diplomats and Diplomatic Services, under ever increasing budgetary pressures, risk being left behind in a world of new challenges and new capabilities.

How can diplomatic services identify the structures, skill-sets and knowledge bases they will need in 20 years and how can they innovate? What is the role of new diplomatic actors, including the EEAS, in developing new models?

Seeking an answer to these emerging queries, the European Council on Foreign Relations sought to bolster its work on Global Strategy by hosting a discussion exploring scenarios for the future diplomatic environment and their implications for the reform of diplomatic services.

In her capacity as Director of FromOverHere, Cat Tully joined with Shaun Riordan, Senior Visiting Fellow of the Clingendael Institute, Diplomat and former Counsellor at the European External Action Service Robert Cooper, and Susi Dennison, Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR, to analyse what the role of new diplomatic actors is. This conversation was released as a podcast and may be accessed here.

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