University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Intranet

The impact of communications and media developments on diplomacy and foreign policy formulation

23 April 2013 (17:00-18:30)

The School of International Studies and Institute of Asian Pacific Studies (IAPS) are very pleased to invite you to the following research seminar by our distinguished guest, Ambassador of Malta, Dr Joseph Cassar:

About the seminar:

The days when missives by diplomats would determine the impressions that Governments had of developments in distant land, and hence their policies those same countries, has long been undergoing changes. The invention of the telegraph, telephony, radio, television and later fax communications had already brought with them significant changes as to the immediacy with which knowledge of situations in other parts of the world could influence foreign policy formulation.

Yet these changes were nothing as compared to the impact which communications and media developments in the past two decades have had on diplomacy and foreign policy formulation.

Developments in the field of communications during the past twenty years have not given access to a much wider public to information but have also provided citizens in all countries all over the world with the opportunity of expressing their opinion about developments but to have these opinions published instantly, directly and at little or no cost, while decisions are still being made at a level of Government.

Coupled with advances in access to education, greater mobility and enhanced people-to-people contacts, Governments have to give serious consideration to public opinion and the moral, ethical and political sensitivities that same public.

This evolution has managed to transform the common citizen from a spectator to a protagonist.

About the speaker:

Joseph Cassar is the Ambassador of Malta to the People's Republic of China (Dec 2010 - present).

Previous diplomatic appointments include: Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic (2009-2010); the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (2005-2009); the Russian Federation (2002-2005) and to the Italian Republic (1999-2002), Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York (1993 to 1997), Ambassador to the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) between 1991 to 1993 and   adviser to Prof. Guido de Marco, President of the 45th UN General Assembly, New York (1900-1991). Between 1997 and 1999, he was Visiting Professor at the Center for Global Education, St. John's University, New York. During that period, he also formed part of the Holy See Delegation at the United Nations Conference for the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (Rome - 1998). Between 1984 and 1990 he was Editorial Director of Independence Print, and was also active as an official of the Nationalist Party (PN) and elected President of the PN Administrative Council between 1998-1990. More!

 recent academic publications include "The Rights of Nations - Reflections on Pope John Paul II's address to UNGA-50" (1997); "Permanence in a world of Change - The UN Security Council reform Debate" (1998) and "The Family - Anxieties and Hopes - The familiy's entitlement to protection by society and the State" (1999), all published by the Global Research Monograph Series, St. John's University, New York. Appointed Knight Commander with Star of the Order of Pius IX by Pope John Paul II (1995), he was awarded the Human Rights Studies Prize Vincentian Center for Church and Society, New York in 1998. He holds a Doctorate in Political Science (International Affairs) from the Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, Italy (1973).