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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media

Over the past decade, social media has become a key form of communications around the globe.  This was particularly seen during the Arab Spring of 2010, where protestors used social media to organize. In response to this shift in communications, last summer the Aspen Institute and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies partnered to convene the Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology. Participants, including Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, answered the question "how can the diplomatic realm better utilize new communications technologies?"

Recently, the report from the dialogue, co-authored by Josef Korbel School students and Nathanson Fellows Clifton Martin and Laura Jagla, was published by the Aspen Institute.  A free download of the document is available on the Aspen Institute's website.

The 2013 Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology will be held July 24-26, 2013 in Aspen, Colorado. The Dialogue will explore the technological aspects of the diplomatic race for the hearts and minds of Southeast Asians, particularly contrasting the approaches of the U.S. and China.


About the Nathanson Fellowship

The Nathanson Fellowship is a selective diplomacy fellowship in partnership with the Aspen Institute.  The Nathanson Fellows prepare for the Aspen Institute's annual Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology and coordinate the Josef Korbel School's Public Diplomacy Speaker Series (PDSS).  Over the past two years the PDSS has reached thousands of students, faculty, and members of the DU and the broader Denver community with speakers including former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice, General George Casey, and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns among other notable speakers.