The iGeneration has more opportunity than any generation before to understand their world, to engage with their world and to shape their world. In the ten years since 9/11 that world has been changed more by American geeks in dorms than Al Qaeda operatives in caves. The most powerful weapon in the Middle East is now the smartphone.
Diplomacy now faces unprecedented challenges and opportunities, with digital technology unleashing dangerous forces, which are better able to mobilise and terrorise. But it also allows those promoting community and coexistence to work around traditional elites, and to build new alliances. We need new rules to help manage global affairs. Diplomacy matters more than ever in the Digital Century. Bit it is too important to leave to diplomats.
About the speakers
Tom Fletcher CMG is a Visiting Professor of International Relations at New York University, teaching foreign policy and global citizenship. He was British Ambassador to Lebanon, 2011-15, and the Downing Street foreign policy adviser to three Prime Ministers. He is an Honorary Fellow of Oxford University, and the Global Strategy Director for the Global Business Coalition for Education, which seeks to harness private sector efforts to get 59 million children into school. He blogs as the Naked Diplomat, and chairs the International Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation, promoting Britain’s most dynamic and magnetic sector overseas. Tom is leading a review of British diplomacy for the Foreign Office, and a report on the future of the United Nations for the next UN Secretary General.