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ADDTech 2017 Report - Background Readings

This collection of reading materials was created to prepare participants for the 2017 Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology by providing background information on the topic.  The selection of readings introduces a range of viewpoints.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive collection of materials on the topic, but rather an overview of subjects relevant to the 2017 Dialogue.

I: Introduction

Ido Aharoni, “How Technology Has Revolutionised Diplomacy,” TIME, September 8, 2015.

Joshua Cooper Ramo, The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks (New York, London, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 2016)

II: Network Power and Principles

Manuel Castells and Gustavo Cardoso, eds., The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy (Washington, D.C.: Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2005)

Sara Fischer, “The Tech Giants Eating the World,” Axios, June 27, 2017.

Emilie M. Hafner-Burton, Miles Kahler, and Alexander H. Montgomery, “Network Analysis for International Relations,” International Organization 63 (2009): 559-592

Anne-Marie Slaughter, The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2017)

Oliver Luckett and Michael J. Casey, The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life (New York: Hachette Books, 2016)

III: Viruses of Ideology

Brendan I. Koerner, “Why ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War,” Wired, March 29, 2016.

Thomas Carothers and Richard Youngs, “Democracy Is Not Dying,” Foreign Affairs, April 11, 2017.

Oliver Luckett and Michael J. Casey, The Social Organism: A Radical Understanding of Social Media to Transform Your Business and Life (New York: Hachette Books, 2016)

IV: Netpolitik and National Interest

Jorge Heine, “From Club to Network Diplomacy,” The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy, March & August 2013. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199588862.013.0003

Mark P. Lagon and Sarah Grebowski, “Power to the People: Taking Diplomacy to the Streets,” The National Interest, February 26, 2015.

Charlie Firestone and Leshuo Dong, “Netpolitik: What the Emergence of Networks Means for Diplomacy and Statecraft,” The Aspen Journal of Ideas, March/April 2015.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, “How to Succeed in the Networked World: A Grand Strategy for the Digital Age,” Foreign Affairs, November-December 2016