From clay tablets to digital tablets

From clay tablets to digital tablets” 

 What is the meaning of diplomacy, what are its aims and origins?



Diplomacy is the method by which all states throughout the world direct their undertakings in approaches to safeguard peaceful relations. Additionally, diplomacy is an interdisciplinary field based on history, ancient history, anthropology, sociology, geography, and architecture. The term ‘Diplomacy’ is often a misused and abused expression and is in fact depicted as a synonym for international affairs or even foreign policy. The fundamental reason for tact is to enable states to establish purposes of their foreign affairs without retreating to conflict in terms of ‘force’ and propaganda. This aim is mainly attained by structuring a form of communication between professional agents of diplomacy and further officials. Diplomacy’s main purpose is built upon securing agreements and is a peaceful method of negotiation. The main elements which have derived from diplomacy are negotiation, communication, and representation. This therefore allows states to give and take on certain issues on a level of understanding and compromising. Moreover, the primary duty of individual strategic administrations is to protect the interests of their separate nations abroad. This apprehends as much the advancement of cultural, scientific and economic relations as it ensures commitment on an international level to protect human rights or the peaceful expenditure of debate.






Diplomacy in contemporary terms has direct origins from the Italian peninsula in the late 15th century AD. The origins of diplomacy can be found within the beginnings of Greek city states, for example Sparta, Athens, etc. The main characteristics of the time were based on the dependability of communications on messengers and mercantile caravans. The progress of communication has increased tremendously within recent decades. For instance, through social media such as Twitter and blog posting. The form of communication prior to the recent centuries was mainly based on communicating through clay tablets. Furthermore, an aspect to focus on could be the change of forms and levels of communication, in regards to digital technology and digital diplomacy.

Ancient diplomacy:

Old discretion, like e-tact, had content at the focal point of strategic correspondence. The primary discretionary chronicles (Amarna letters) were created with a specific end goal to perpetuate the institutional memory and documentation. We are confronted with similar challenges today with restricted sureness that the coming generation will have an opportunity to study about our time, just as these recent generations have had the entitlement to find out about Amarna tact from well protected discretionary letters on clay tablets. Antiquated diplomacy successfully utilized the exchange of composed and oral correspondence. With developing dependence on electronic correspondence, the protecting of direct contact and oral trade will stay one of the key difficulties of e-strategy.



References/ Bibliography

Pearson, J. (2016) Digital diplomacy – foreign office Blogs. Available at: (Accessed: 31 October 2016).

DiploFoundation, Terms, C. login and Feedback, conditions S. (2016) FROM CLAY TO DIGITAL TABLETS: What we can learn from ancient diplomacy. Available at: (Accessed: 31 October 2016).

Berridge, G.R. (2010) Diplomacy: Theory and practice. 5th edn. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bjola, C. and Holmes, M. (2015) Digital diplomacy: Theory and practice. Available at: (Accessed: 31 October 2016).

Written and Leach, J. (2016) The evolution of digital diplomacy has a way to go yet – Portland. Available at:


One thought on “From clay tablets to digital tablets

  1. merym1 January 10, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    I believe it is a very good blog post, as it is well written and direct, you can easily understand what you wanted to convey.

    I liked that you mentioned the: ”The progress of communication has increased tremendously within recent decades. For instance, through social media such as Twitter and blog posting.” – it is very true and can be observed on many levels, looking at diplomats that are active on Twitter.

    Keep up the good work!


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