Diplomacy practised by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platforms and capabilities has grown exponentially over the short duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. In part, this is because digital technologies were already rising in importance as avenues for the conduct of foreign policy work. This series was devised with the aim of making an African conceptual-cum-empirical contribution to this new and dynamic practice. The articles in the series attempt to locate the African dimensions of digital diplomacy in the broader global practice. Authors were asked to discuss theoretical concepts around digital diplomacy but also – and perhaps more importantly – provide examples of digital diplomacy in practice on the continent. Contributions include continental state of play, regional perspectives and individual country perspectives.
This series is a partnership of the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Africa Portal, a project of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).