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Hybrid Diplomacy:
How COVID-19 changes the way we negotiate

Jovan Kurbalija | Katharina Höne
April 2021; 4 pages


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In the second year after the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 has fundamentally changed international diplomacy. Negotiations continue across the world, but increasingly take place online, in video conferences, chats and breakout sessions. This affects the time and space dimensions of diplomatic interaction. What does that mean for transparency and inclusion? What effects do these changes have on developing countries? And do countries still need embassies all across the world, if meetings are taking place online anyway? Jovan Kurbalija and Katharina Höne address these and other questions in the Global Governance Spotlight 1|2021.

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