Education Diplomacy as New Diplomacy

Education Diplomacy is a part of a larger modern or “New Diplomacy” movement that has been growing over the last two decades. It recognizes the expanding participation of individuals and groups in topics of global concern and influencing relationships between nations, across sectors, and among respective stakeholders. Due in large part to greater access to knowledge, information, and technology, participants or “non-state” actors outside of official government diplomatic capacity engage in platforms that improve cooperation, coordination, and collaboration toward advancing common social and economic agendas. In addition, current 21st century challenges require cooperative efforts that are best achieved by acquiring the foundational skills of diplomacy.

The World Health Organization (WHO) was among the first to recognize this shift in diplomacy practice within the global health sector and the need to train practitioners in the skills of Global Health Diplomacy. Similarly, we saw a need for a more diplomatic approach to education that recognizes the interdependent relationship of education to social, cultural, and economic progress and the greater number of engaged stakeholders. We, therefore, coined the term Education Diplomacy.

Other New Diplomacies include Humanitarian Diplomacy, Science Diplomacy, Climate Diplomacy, and Cultural Diplomacy.