Many ambitious students enroll in International Relations courses hoping to go on to a career as a Foreign Service Officer (also known as a diplomat). It’s easy to understand why. For anyone interested in traveling the world and immersing themselves into other cultures, having a tangible and direct influence on global affairs, and constantly being shaped by and learning from different international perspectives, diplomacy can be an ideal career path.
Digital technologies have transformed personal communication, connecting people around the world at a moment’s notice. On a larger scale, these platforms have also altered the behaviors and interactions of states, reworking long-held definitions of sovereignty and international community. An emerging paradigm, the ‘digital state’ helps explain how great technological progress has altered diplomacy, economics and communication in an increasingly online world.
Globalization has made business diplomacy essential in a variety of sectors, from world trade to sustainable development. Channelling private interests through geo-political insight, business diplomacy improves dialogue between companies, governments, and international organizations.