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21st Century Diplomats: How the Digital Age Powers Foreign Policy

2 June 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House London, UK


Tom Fletcher, UK Ambassador to Lebanon (2011-15); Author, Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in a Digital Age

Jeremy Bowen,
Middle East Editor, BBC
Sarah Brown, President, Theirworld; Executive Chair, Global Business Coalition for Education



Tom Fletcher, former British ambassador to Lebanon – the youngest appointed ambassador for 200 years – will speak about how social media has empowered diplomats to influence the countries in which they work in new and wide-ranging ways.

Offering real-world examples of how diplomacy continues to have a significant impact on people's lives, he will discuss what he sees as the core principles of a progressive 21st century foreign policy: how to balance interventionism and national interest, use global governance to achieve national objectives and set out an agenda for representative international systems.

The event will be followed by a reception.