We Are All Diplomats Now

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In his article Wikileaks, public diplomacy 2.0 and the state of digital public diplomacy, Nicholas J. Cull explores the all-embracing potential for digital public diplomacy.

It happened in November. The world was weary of war and crisis when he stole the headlines. He was charismatic. He was radical. He had a point to prove. He defied years of diplomatic convention and laid the secrets of great power diplomacy before the world. His revelations captured the headlines and shocked the establishment. In laying bare these secrets he proclaimed a new approach to international affairs and—implicitly—the arrival of a new power. Julian Assange? November 2010? No. That vignette describes events in the now distant autumn of 1917 and the actions of Leon Trotsky, then the newly appointed People’s Commissar for International Affairs for the Bolshevik government of Russia.

In November 1917 Trotsky published a number of secret treaties which had been found in the archives of the Tsar in the aftermath...


  1. Cull, Nicholas J., ‘Wikileaks, public diplomacy 2.0 and the state of digital public diplomacy’ in Place Branding and Public Diplomacy (volume 7, Issue 1). Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.Google Scholar

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