TITLE

VIRTUALITY, DIPLOMACY, AND THE FOREIGN MINISTRY: DOES FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE CANADA NEED A "V TOWER"?

AUTHOR(S)
Copeland, Daryl
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Canadian Foreign Policy (CFP);2009, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
For at least the past decade, diplomats and foreign ministries have been grappling with the objective of harnessing the potential of the new media to the ends of diplomacy. Yet the record suggests that the promise of digital, wireless, and internet-based communications has yet to be fully realized. In considering the merits of establishing a V, or Virtual, Tower, this paper examines the efforts to date of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and attempts to contextualize several core issues within a broader historical and philosophical setting. It is argued that if networking and connectivity are to become central elements of Canadian international policy, then a variety of obstacles and constraints will have to be overcome. These challenges are assessed, along with some of the implications for DFAIT's organizational design, bureaucratic structure, and corporate culture. The author concludes that the new media afford much scope for performance improvement through the achievement of new efficiencies, effectiveness, and leverage, both in the workplace and in diplomatic practice.
ACCESSION #
47878146

 

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