Dispersed Network Project

The project is seeks to better understand:

  • the power of the dispersed network in Public Diplomacy
  • how dispersed differs from other forms of networked Public Diplomacy and their relative strengths and weaknesses
  • the insights into the meaning of power which network analysis provides, for example how different measures of centrality can infer different meanings of importance.
  • the network analysis tools for measurement, particularly those that can be easily used by practitioners without a further maths degree.
  • when the more complex versions of network analysis are more appropriate and can add value to Public Diplomacy
  • how the measurement tools can be used to empower traditional or digital diplomacy. 

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Projection and Power: The Trials of Public Diplomacy

Public diplomacy is now a priority focus of diplomatic work in much of the global community, becoming part of the fabric of world politics. In view of the ongoing attempts to define the role of public diplomacy in contemporary foreign policy, this edited collection seeks to analyse the tensions which are central to this debate. The collection will go beyond the narrow focus of mechanics and implementation to engage with the broader questions about the relationship between Public Diplomacy and foreign policy, domestic policy, media, technology, and ‘values’. This collection seeks to identify international perspectives on the tensions and even contradictions which Public Diplomacy has to negotiate. It will engage in the analysis of these tensions in the community, national and international contexts while engaging with political, economic, and military factors. It does so through raising questions about the relationship between the ‘western’ and the ‘universal’ in the global projection of public diplomacy. read more about the Trials of Public Diplomacy


The Playbook

Based on contributions from an international network of practitioners and academics this large scale project has been initiated to collate experience in Cultural Relations and Public Diplomacy practice from around the world. It draws together past and present experience, and recognises the importance of recording programmes that were both successful and unsuccessful, to facilitate the sharing of that experience and good practice. This will provide examples upon which practitioners can draw in designing programmes in the future as well as create a resource for education about the discipline.

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