Naked diplomacy power and statecraft in the digital age

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naked diplomacy power and statecraft in the digital age

The Naked Diplomat: Understanding Power and Politics in the Digital Age by Tom Fletcher

Who will be in power in the 21st century? Governments? Big business? Internet titans? And how do we influence the future?

Digital technology is changing power at a faster rate than any time in history. Distrust and inequality are fuelling political and economic uncertainty. The scaffolding built around the global order is fragile, and the checks and balances created over centuries to protect liberty are being tested, maybe to destruction. Tom Fletcher, the youngest senior British ambassador for two hundred years, considers how we – as governments, businesses, individuals – can survive and thrive in the twenty first century. And how we can ensure that technology can make it easier of citizens truly to take back control.

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The Naked Diplomat and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age Hardcover – 2 Jun Tom Fletcher CMG is Visiting Professor of International Relations at New York University, and the UK's former.
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This idea — that we, the public and the press, should not be told the truth — runs contrary to our understanding of open, democratic government, and yet a growing number of us have a sense that we are being deceived by our politicians. And yet in this, his first book, he does not see it as a crisis. At least, not yet. He was also one of the youngest ambassadors to be appointed to represent our Britannic Majesty for some years, the first western diplomat to be retweeted by the Iranian president, to have a tweetup with a diva, etc. Before Lebanon he served for four years as political secretary under Blair, Brown and Cameron.

What is the role of the diplomat in the digital age? Tom Fletcher. William Collins. Find this book:. What are diplomats for?

Pre-digital diplomacy: the Congress of Vienna divides up the globe, as seen by the artist August Friedrich Andreas Campe. Of all the impressive officials with whom I worked during my two happy years as a foreign office minister, Tom Fletcher was among the best and the brightest. After running my private office, he went on to greater things: four years as a foreign policy adviser to three prime ministers — Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron — before being appointed, in his mids, as ambassador to Lebanon. Fletcher is a diplomat in a somewhat different mould from the traditional image of a British ambassador. Youthful, energetic, optimistic, he embraced the digital world with enthusiasm, blogging and tweeting with gusto, and soon endeared himself to at leastthe younger generation of Lebanese. So much so that when he left Lebanon his valedictory letter went viral. His book is in three parts.

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Who will be in power in the 21st century? Big business? Internet titans? And how do we influence the future? Digital technology is changing power at a faster rate than any time in history.

As diplomacy, alongside the wider world of politics, becomes more available for scrutiny, he explores the geopolitical impacts this could have, and tries to imagine the heavily digital life of a diplomat a decade from now. We are treated to a brief history of diplomacy, where he laments the penny-pinching modern diplomatic service, wistfully recalling the days when alliances were forged between nations over copious amounts of alcohol. There is also a gentle regret over the modern influence of the media and its ability to undermine official diplomatic proceedings. Churchill never had to stand for this, seems to be his constant gripe. Next, he looks to our tech-centric future. The next generation of diplomats will need to understand this seismic shift, he claims, or else risk falling behind the times.

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