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International Relations in the Information Age: Redefining Diplomatic Processes, and Challenges for the Commonwealth Caribbean

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Debbie Mohammed

Abstract

The international relations environment is in a state of change. Information and communication are transforming the way diplomacy is perceived and conducted. New actors utilising these technologies are internationalising issues that are not only redefining the way diplomacy is conducted, but are reshaping the diplomatic arena previously dominated by nation states. CARICOM states face difficult challenges as they attempt to redefine their roles in seemly skewed international system. Harnessing knowledge capabilities of its human resources to devise innovative diplomatic strategies using information technology can give the region the competitive edge to engage more meaningfully in the international system.

Las relaciones internacionales se encuentran en un estado del cambio. La información y la comunicación están transformando la percepción y conducción de la diplomacia. Los nuevos agentes que utilizan estas tecnologías están internacionalizando aspectos que no solamente redefinen las formas de conducta de la diplomacia, sino también la arena diplomática dominada previamente por los estados nacionales. Los países del CARICOM enfrentan desafíos difíciles al tiempo que intentan redefinir su papel en un sistema internacional que les es adverso. La región puede lograr un margen competitivo que le permita intervenir significativamente en dicho sistema, si desarrolla los recursos humanos necesarios para idear estrategias diplomáticas innovadoras que usen la tecnología de información.

How to Cite: Mohammed, D., (2001). International Relations in the Information Age: Redefining Diplomatic Processes, and Challenges for the Commonwealth Caribbean. Iberoamericana – Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 31(2), pp.65–83. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16993/ibero.130
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Published on 01 Jun 2001.
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