Diplomacy in Cyberspace: The new battleground of geopolitics


The cyberspace is increasingly becoming the front line of our geopolitics in the 21st century. New actors are changing the very character of diplomacy. Our experts Shaun Riordan from the European Institute for International Studies and Dejan Dincic from the Diplo Foundation, discussed why digital diplomacy is too important to leave it to technicians (or intelligence officers) only. New technologies in politics need IT experts and most importantly diplomats as the major problems of cyberspace, including cybersecurity, are not technical but political and geopolitical. We also need to look atnNon-state actors who play an important role in shaping many spheres of our lives today. Some of them have become as powerful as nation states and take part in major negotiations. The fight over Huawei and 5G has shown, there are increasing risks of technological fragmentation – with damaging consequences for the global economy.


Dejan Dinčić

@ Diplo Foundation

Shaun Riordan

@ European Institute for International Studies