This shift to digital platforms has opened up new possibilities while highlighting distinct challenges. Digital diplomacy could end up creating a more inclusive and effective method of informing diplomatic decision making, or not. Respecting social distancing impedes development of the good working relationships necessary for success. At the same time, the spread of digital diplomacy is an opportunity to strengthen informal connections while maintaining our formal responsibilities.
Civil society, especially within global humanitarian disarmament coalitions, has worked for decades making decisions across continents without the benefit of frequent shuttle diplomacy. There is a breadth of knowledge in the community, from which "Digital Diplomacy Dos and Don'ts" were published* on May 26, 2020 and available here [link forthcoming].
These were created to make best use of the current situation and think about ways to build towards the future. We invite comments and discussion about these "Dos and Don'ts" which may be submitted below.
*Drafted by Susi Snyder of PAX and Erin Hunt of Mines Action Canada based on conversations with Bonnie Docherty of Harvard Law School’s ACCPI, Camilo Serna and Natalia Morales of the Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines, Jeff Abramson of the Forum on Arms Trade, Chris Loughran of The HALO Trust & Alma Al-Osta of Humanity and Inclusion.