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[ecrea] Foreign Policy Strategies in a Networked World: Governance After Brexit
Wed Aug 01 09:05:02 GMT 2018
*Foreign Policy Strategies in a Networked World: Governance After Brexit
Workshop Convened by the Centre for Politics and Media Research
21 September 2018, Bournemouth University
Venue: Talbot Campus, BH12 5BB, Poole, Fusion Building, Room: FG 04
*Conveners: *Dr Paweł Surowiec and Dr Alina Dolea (Bournemouth University)
*Outline of the Workshop *
Is Networks Building the Answer to Britain’s Foreign Policy Issues in
European Politics in the Post-Brexit Governance Era?
The aim of this workshop, targeting scholars of foreign policy, media
and communication studies as well as practitioners working in the field
of diplomacy, is to explore strategies required for building, managing
and maintaining diplomatic networks for the conduct of foreign policy in
European politics. The central premise and rationale for the discussion
about networked approaches to foreign policy stems from the scale of
changes brought about and facilitated by a new emerging logic in the
field of foreign policy and a political event such as Brexit, which will
have long lasting effects on the practice of diplomacy and the conduct
of foreign policy. In the field of diplomacy and statecraft,
particularly in its sub-field of public diplomacy, the logic of
networks, underpinned by the adaption of, and practices associated with
social media platforms and hybridisation of soft power statecraft, has
been gaining prominence for quite some time. It is only in the recent
years when the logic of networks has been gaining prominence in the
foreign policy and diplomatic circles beyond the realm of public
diplomacy, and it has been developed into a measure for a real
alternative to institutional governance solutions.
*Practical Considerations: From EU Multi-Governmentality to Strategic
For example, since the Brexit referendum, the United Kingdom’s diplomacy
and soft power statecraft have been focusing on building closer
bilateral and trilateral diplomatic relations with European states. At
the same time, in this turbulent period for British foreign policy, the
UK Government attempts to lay ground for governance after ‘Brexit’, and
to develop and advance capabilities to meet the requirement for building
sustainable networks outside of the frameworks of the European Union.
Therefore, this workshop takes the United Kingdom and its European
allies (e.g. Poland) as proponents of networked approached to foreign
policy, and explores how the digitalisation of diplomacy extends to the
advancement of governance solutions through: leadership issues,
institutional practices and resilience strategies, allocation of
resources, media strategies, policy making and how it can and should aid
the development of diplomatic networks, particularly in the settings of
a ‘strategic bilateral rapprochement’ emerging between the United
Kingdom’s and its European allies such as Poland. This workshop will
focus on the challenges to the participatory foreign policy making, the
orderly execution of Brexit as a foreign policy orientation, and the
requirement for empirical examination of ways in which: 1) conditions
and resources which are required for the formation of sustained networks
serving the foreign policy interests; 2) diplomats and public diplomats
approach building and maintaining networks; 3) political and business
leaders and citizens are being engaged with foreign policy issues; 4)
digital media technologies aid the formation of networks; 5) finally,
diasporic communities and their role in networks serving foreign policy
*Theoretical Considerations: Power of Networks and Power in Networks*
Defining and measuring the power of a network is another way of
investigating what networks are good for as foreign policy tools. What
attributes do networks have that make them particularly sustainable and
effective in particular circumstances, relative to institutional
hierarchies or markets? When, for instance, would we strive to create a
network of states or web actors rather than a more formal organisation
or simply an informal coalition or club?
Making sense of power /in /networks, by contrast, means theorising where
and how the United Kingdom’s, strategic European partners, and web
allies should position themselves within the existing or new networks to
be able to advance their own interests. These two types of power are
interlinked and as participants understand that the network’s structure
can enhance its power, it is likely to influence the overall structure
as well as improve its position within it. This workshop aims to
problematise both types of power as drivers of foreign policy.
*Themes For Presentations/Themes We Are Interested In*
1. In what ways does British foreign policy set the priorities for the
governance after Brexit?
2. What are the characteristics of diplomacy and statecraft in the
3. How does, if at all, the logic of digital networks apply to the
conduct of foreign policy?
4. What architectures are needed for sustainable human and
institutional networks for the conduct of foreign policy?
5. Can digital media technologies be used as sustainable platforms for
the conduct of foreign policy making and, if so, in what capacities
can digital media organisations facilitate it?
6. Issues-based or actors-based networks – what might work best for the
United Kingdom in the post-Brexit European politics?
7. What are the challenges and solutions to statecraft in the networked
8. What are challenges and solutions to diplomacy in the networked
*Expression of Interest and Submission of Abstracts:*
Abstracts of 250 words outlining presentation title, spelling out key
points, methods - if relevant -, and the line of argumentation are to be
submitted to (psurowiec /at/ bouremouth.ac.uk)
<mailto:(psurowiec /at/ bouremouth.ac.uk)> by 27 August, 2017, 5.00 pm. Please
add all relevant names, affiliation and email address(es).
*Targeted Participants: *scholars of foreign policy; diplomatic studies;
media and communication studies; public diplomacy and cultural
diplomacy; practitioners of public diplomacy and digital diplomacy;
public relations and nation brand consultancies; public relations for
diplomatic institutions; representative from digital media
organisations; foreign correspondents; diplomatic correspondents;
leaders of diasporic organisations; leaders of academic institutions and
courses; think-tanks; and research organisations.
*Targeted Audience(s): *See above. In addition, the event is likely to
be attended by a group of students taking journalism and politics courses.
*We anticipate 15 presentations (15 min. each); informal participation
*Please note that limited spaces are available. *
Programme details to follow.
*Informal inquiries: *(psurowiec /at/ bournemouth.ac.uk)
Dr. Pawel Surowiec
Senior Lecturer in Propaganda Studies
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