DIPLOFACE - Diplomatic Face-work: Between Confidential Negotiations and Public Display

The rise of social media, coupled with demands for more transparency and democracy in world politics, brings new challenges to international diplomacy. State leaders and diplomats continue to react to traditional media, but now also attempt to present themselves proactively through tweets and public diplomacy. These efforts often interfere directly with closed-door negotiations and its codes of restraint, discretion and secrecy.

The research project DIPLOFACE explores the relationship between diplomatic negotiations and the public, taking the concept of ‘face-work’ to the international level. DIPLOFACE combines participant observation, interviews and digital studies, generating new knowledge about how the information revolution challenges and transforms diplomacy, how leaders and diplomats handle new media, and the role of face-saving and face-threatening strategies in international relations. DIPLOFACE seeks to advance our understanding of diplomacy in the 21st century beyond existing International Relations and diplomatic theory.

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Name Title Phone E-mail
Adler-Nissen, Rebecca Professor +45 30 22 40 75 E-mail
Eggeling, Kristin Anabel Postdoc +45 353-35798 E-mail
Wangen, Patrice Postdoc +45 353-24839 E-mail

Funded by

European Research Council

DIPLOFACE is funded by the European Research Council (ERC)

Project period: 2016-2021


Principal Investigator

Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen
Department of Political Science
University of Copenhagen
Mail: ran@ifs.ku.dk
Phone: +45 35 32 33 97

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External group-member

Name Employment
Dr Ayşe Zarakol Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)