Digitalization in International Relations

About the course

International relations, diplomacy, and foreign policy are being digitalized. Four aspects of digitalization in international relations are explored in the course, notably digital diplomacy, big data and data diplomacy, global internet governance, and digital electoral technologies. These components have significant impacts on diplomacy, world politics, and on our everyday lives, in particular.

Digital diplomacy utilizes social media in order to influence foreign audiences and is the most effective element in current diplomacy. Big data and data diplomacy refer to various methods used to analyze social networks and embrace artificial intelligence in order to cope with foreign policy issues including the challenges of information confrontation.

Global internet governance comprises problems, multilateral negotiations, and agreements between various stakeholders including states and civil society in regard to questions of international and sovereign control of cyberspace. Issues relating to cybersecurity and information security are also discussed in the course and reviewed in terms of international agendas.

Digital electoral technologies are a rapidly developing area that have not only national but also international dimensions. The digital technologies include the practices around electronic or digital voting that reveal critical problems related to the influence of foreign actors on national elections.

Course participants will gain fundamental knowledge and practical skills regarding how to apply big data analysis, social media methods of analysis, how to build a digital information campaign strategy, how to operate by legal and technical components of global Internet governance in the practice of multilateral negotiations, and how to detect flaws and threats in the field of digital voting.

The course is designed for those who want to update their skills for twenty-first professions including digital diplomacy, digital foreign policy, public diplomacy, and other digital professions applicable in international relations.


  1. Digitalization in International Relations: Theory and Practice.
  2. Digital Diplomacy and Data Diplomacy.
  3. Data Science and World Politics.
  4. Big Data in Foreign Policy: Methods of Analysis.
  5. Internet Governance and International Agendas.
  6. Cybersecurity and Information Security.
  7. Digitalization of Elections and Voting.
  8. Digital Technologies in Electoral Campaigns.
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Course's authors:

  • Grigory Yarygin
    Associate Professor, American Studies Department

  • Natalia Tsvetkova
    Professor, head of American Studies Department

  • Anna Sytnik
    Assistant Professor

  • Ilona Stadnik
    Assistant Professor
©Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет
2021 год