In the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, drones are well known for their military uses, whether for surveillance or air strikes. They have even won literary acclaim, with the recent publication of a thriller by an author writing under the pseudonym Doa, whose title, “Pukhtu primo” is a clear allusion to this part of the world.
During a working session with the political chancery team, we discussed the various cooperation projects that the Embassy was running : could we come up with an initiative that the general public would view as symbolic of the importance of human rights? The idea of a prize was mentioned : it should be linked to women’s rights.
We have all heard tales about polyglot diplomats capable of learning a new language in just a few weeks, adding it to a list already too long to count on the fingers of both hands. In truth, such individuals are rare.
A lot is made of digital diplomacy, and it is often misconstrued. Yet, what hides behind the terms “digital diplomacy”? Who’s in charge of making it a reality on a day-to-day basis?
Let me give you an exclusive tour of the engine of the digital diplomacy: the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ very own dedicated web team.
Today the Central African Republic (CAR) is the first item of Radio France Internationale (RFI)’s African news bulletin, as virtually every morning since I arrived in early December. It’s the beginning of an normal day for me.