- Exploring the Metaverse and Its Implications for Digital Diplomacy Feb 27, 2023
- Public Diplomacy and the Next Digital Disruption: Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) Mar 1, 2022
- Digital Diplomacy and International Organizations Mar 11, 2021
- Digital Diplomacy in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic Mar 31, 2020
- How to Use Social Media to Make Sense of International Crises? Jan 17, 2020
Corneliu Bjola is Associate Professor in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford and Head of the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group. He also serves as a Faculty Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and as a Professorial Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defense Force Academy (2012) and China Foreign Affairs University (2016).
He has published on issues related to the impact of digital technology on the conduct of diplomacy with a recent focus on public diplomacy, international negotiations and methods for countering digital propaganda. He has conducted research and delivered training in three key areas of expertise:
- the use of digital tools to enhance diplomatic activities pertaining to public diplomacy, consular affairs, and crisis communication;
- the impact of algorithms, disinformation and echo chambers on diplomatic activity;
- the role of the next generation of digital technologies in diplomacy, including virtual; and
- augmented reality, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.
He has authored or co-edited seven volumes, including Digital Diplomacy and International Organizations: Autonomy, Legitimacy and Contestation (with R Zaiotti, 2020), Countering Online Propaganda and Violent Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy (with J. Pamment, 2018), and Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (with M Holmes, 2015). His work has been published in the European Journal of International Relations, Review of International Studies, Ethics and International Affairs, International Negotiation, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Global Policy, Journal of Global Ethics and the Hague Journal of Diplomacy.
He has served as a consultant or trainer for Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Academies in U.K., Germany, Spain, Israel, Lithuania, UAE, Armenia, Romania as well as for international organizations (UN Geneva, the Commonwealth, European External Action Service).
He is currently working on a new book project “Diplomacy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” examining the potential transformative impact of AI in consular affairs, crisis communication, public diplomacy and international negotiations. He can be reached by Twitter at @cbjola.