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How can we prepare diplomats for 2032 and beyond?

The Human Touch of Diplomacy and the Digital Trace of Technology

Amr Aljowaily
170 words

Junior diplomats of today Ambassadors of tomorrow. That is why adaptation to the new environment of the future starts with the recognition of indicators of change at the moment. Diplomacy’s traditional functions of representation, the channel of communication, reporting based on field information, and consular services provision will not only have to adjust each in form or content to a new ecosystem but will have to assume new relative weights towards each other. It will be both a competition and a relay race at the same time.

In short, diplomats would have to magnify what is human and capitalize on all what is machine. In doing so, they will benefit from the new digital tools and befit traditional human kits. As meetings become hybrid, so will diplomacy amalgamating human touch with digital trace to reach the same goal of a bilateral/multilateral relationship that aims to strike the balance of serving national interest while preserving a collective purpose. The methods will substantially change but the objectives remain essentially the same.

How can we prepare diplomats for 2032 and beyond?

Christopher Lamb

129 words

Recent changes in communication between heads of government, and the development of various internet programs such as TikTok and Instagram have changed forever the role of diplomats as the main contact and negotiation points for governments at all levels and populations.  By 2032 these changes will have introduced many analysis tasks in place of the more formal diplomacy tasks of the past.  

This panel is a good opportunity to open dialogue on these points and also to consider who the diplomats of the future will be. They will come from a set of diverse backgrounds and from organisations beyond foreign ministries and governments.  

This will deepen the differences now evident between bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and introduce fresh thinking about how best to manage a foreign ministry in 2032.

How can we prepare diplomats for 2032 and beyond?

Vlada Radunovic

143 words

Digital world is profoundly changing our society, and international relations…’ – that’s what we already know. But we can now say with certainty: there is no more cyberspace; it has become fully integrated with every segment of our real life. See: cyber-attacks can leave us without electricity or put hospitals to halt; personal data scattered around can irreversibly reveal our personalities, our secrets, hopes and desires; AI can decide on our bank loans and scholarships for our children…  

Can we turn back this tide of worries and risks – to make technology a good servant, rather than a bad master? Perhaps – if we now invest in the education of coming generations. The forthcoming Summit is a place to assemble bright and experienced minds to prepare the basis for the future of (digital-yet-real) diplomacy. Knowing Diplo ‘inside out’ for 20 years – I am eagerly looking forward! 

How can we prepare diplomats for 2032 and beyond?

How to make us close to both fellow humans and machines of the future?