Digital Foreign Policy

The section on Digital Foreign Policy is quite intentionally not restricted to foreign policy communication via digital media and new variants of “Public Diplomacy”. Instead it encompasses the shaping of digital policy in bilateral and multilateral contexts. As in other fields of global governance, there is little value in examining the challenges of digital governance solely at the national level. Instead they need to be addressed in close coordination with actors in other countries. The diversity of actors involved in the process plays a decisive role: influence is exercised not only by state institutions but also by a series of non-state actors from civil society through private corporations to scientific research institutes. This does not mean that state actors can shirk their responsibilities – if anything they are needed even more to create a framework that ensures the integration of all actors.


Marcel Dickow

EurasiaNet – How They Split the Internet

in: Sabine Fischer , Margarete Klein (eds.)
Conceivable Surprises

Eleven Possible Turns in Russia’s Foreign Policy

Contributions to Research Papers 2016/RP 10, October 2016, 78 Pages, S. 43-46
Annegret Bendiek, Evita Schmieg

European Union Data Protection and External Trade

Having the Best of Both Worlds?

SWP Comment 2016/C 11, February 2016, 7 Pages
Annegret Bendiek, Christoph Berlich, Tobias Metzger

The European Union’s Digital Assertiveness

SWP Comment 2015/C 43, September 2015, 8 Pages
Annegret Bendiek, Tobias Metzger

Deterrence theory in the cyber-century

Lessons from a state-of-the-art literature review

Working Paper RD EU/Europe, 2015/ 02, May 2015, 20 Pages
Ben Wagner, Kirsten Gollatz, Andrea Calderaro

Internet & Human Rights in Foreign Policy: Comparing Narratives in the US and EU Internet Governance Agenda

in: EUI Working Paper RSCAS 2014/86, September 2014, 25 pages
Johannes Thimm

Inseparable, but Not Equal

Assessing U.S.–EU Relations in the Wake of the NSA Surveillance Affair

SWP Comment 2014/C 04, January 2014, 4 Pages
Annegret Bendiek, Tim Ridout

Restoring Trust in Internet Privacy and Data Security

The Obama administration and U.S. businesses have an enormous stake in restoring trust in Internet privacy and data security. According to Annegret Bendiek and Tim Ridout, signing the UN data protection resolution proposed by Germany and Brazil would be a good first step to do so.

Point of View, November 2013
Annegret Bendiek

Why We Need a Transatlantic Deal on Cyber Security and Privacy

GMF Blog, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, 09.09.2013
Ben Wagner

After the Arab Spring: New Paths for Human Rights and the Internet in European Foreign Policy

in: Directorate-General for External Policies of the Union, Brussels, July 2012.

SWP Comments

Steffen Angenendt, Nadine Biehler
On the Way to a Global Compact on Refugees

The “Zero Draft”: A Positive, but Not Yet Sufficient Step

Paul Joscha Kohlenberg, Nadine Godehardt
China’s Global Connectivity Politics

On Confidently Dealing with Chinese Initiatives

SWP Research Papers

Susanne Dröge, Harro van Asselt, Kasturi Das, Michael Mehling
Mobilising Trade Policy for Climate Action under the Paris Agreement

Options for the European Union

Marianne Beisheim, Anne Ellersiek
Partnerships for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Transformative, Inclusive and Accountable?