New diplomacy (WP1531)

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The expert exchange, developed in partnership with the FCO and the US based EastWest Institute, will bring together up to 50 practitioners for creative engagement on new approaches to decentralised diplomacy in an increasingly networked world.

It is increasingly recognised that diplomacy is no longer solely the purview of governments. The globalised nature of many foreign policy challenges (counter-terrorism, climate change, pandemics, cyber threats), cannot be addressed in traditional bilateral or even multilateral contexts. Many non-state actors work effectively cross-border without government control (university exchanges, media networks, philanthropic projects, business). Diplomats ignore these developments at their peril: it’s the wise ambassador who seeks to leverage influence by finding common ground with non-traditional allies. These partners, in turn, increase their effectiveness by working closely with creative, nimble diplomats. This multiplier effect has been widely studied and discussed. However, the shift from academic theory to practical application in day to day diplomacy is still under-powered: there is scope to increase impact and maximise marginal gains through more systematic cross sector collaboration between current practitioners and ‘new’ actors.

Through frank and off the record discussion the expert exchange aims to:

  • share best practice, effective strategies and creative approaches to inform future working
  • build a strong network among participants to enhance future collaboration
  • generate a report summarising key takeaways and conclusions to be widely shared beyond the participants
  • individual impacts are identified through WP’s standard M and E process, including periodic follow up


Registration form

Please return your completed form to Janine Maer by Friday 10 February.

Further information


The New Diplomacy Challenge

The New Diplomacy Challenge is live, apply by Monday 20 February.

We are looking for up to three enthusiastic and creative people with a keen interest in the complex challenges faced by diplomats in the contemporary world. This competition is open to Foreign and Commonwealth Office Fast Streamers, Commonwealth Scholars and Chevening Scholars.

The successful candidates will take part in a three day Wilton Park expert exchange, run in collaboration with the East-West Institute and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The workshop will bring together a select group of 40 experts, to engage in a high-level discussion on the evolving art of statecraft.

All food and accommodation costs for the duration of the workshop are covered.

Our Chief Executive, Richard Burge, explains why you should apply


Application Form

Application Guidance

If you have enquiries regarding the application process, please contact Ben Cutmore.

Wed 15 - Fri 17 March, 2017

Wiston House

Wilton Park
Wiston House, Steyning
West Sussex
BN44 3DZ
+44 (0) 1903 815 020
For more information see Your stay at Wilton Park

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Human rights, good governance and faith
decentralised diplomacy, new diplomacy, soft power
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Julia Purcell: Programme Director

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Wendy Head: Project Manager

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