Scanning the past: The League of Nations archive goes digital (The New Humanitarian)

The New Humanitarian: Scanning the past: The League of Nations archive goes digital. “Archivists and historians are making a permanent digital copy of almost every document, letter, memo, photo, and map from the doomed predecessor of the United Nations. The online League of Nations archives will be a rich resource for understanding the past, dealing with the troubled present, and shaping the future, according to project staffers.”

Leiden University: The Grotius Centre launches The Leiden Investment Treaty Arbitration Database

Leiden University: The Grotius Centre launches The Leiden Investment Treaty Arbitration Database. “The objective of the database, which is freely available, is to facilitate research on the procedural and institutional dimensions of investment-treaty arbitration. The creation of this database was based on the conviction that a reliable data-set on investment treaty arbitration, the appointed arbitrators, the institutions which have administered the proceedings, the nationality of the parties to the dispute, the respondent States, and the counsel, amongst others, is an important tool for research on various legal, political, social and sociological aspects of investment treaty arbitration.” Not too clear on investment treaty arbitration? Check out this article from Arbitration Law Review.

National Security Archive: A Diplomatic Domain? The Evolution of Diplomacy in Cyberspace

National Security Archive: A Diplomatic Domain? The Evolution of Diplomacy in Cyberspace. “The recent passage of the ‘Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2021’ by the House of Representatives suggests U.S. lawmakers are eager to expand the U.S.’s toolbox for addressing cyber threats to explicitly include diplomacy, according to a compilation of policy records posted today by the nongovernmental National Security Archive. Introduced on the heels of the SolarWinds breach, the bill would establish a new ‘Bureau of International Cyberspace Policy.’”

Korea Times: Envoys connect through social media challenges during pandemic

Korea Times: Envoys connect through social media challenges during pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lifestyle in many ways, and the lives of ambassadors in Korea are no exception. Their calendars used to be jam-packed with events as they communicated with other diplomats as well as public and private figures of the country. But the pandemic and social distancing rules have forced the canceling of events or limiting the number of guests, making networking difficult. Instead of clinking glasses at events, foreign diplomats in Korea are finding new ways to communicate though social media and share a positive influence.”

CNN: Biden ramps up vaccine diplomacy efforts as hopes rise that he’ll share surplus doses

CNN: Biden ramps up vaccine diplomacy efforts as hopes rise that he’ll share surplus doses. “President Joe Biden, well on his way to reaching a new goal of vaccinating 200 million Americans by the end of April, is taking initial steps toward helping other nations ramp up shots, including by boosting global manufacturing and appointing a top global health expert who previously advocated for shipping vaccines from the United States’ surplus abroad.”

US Embassy in Singapore: Chargé d’Affaires Mansour Launches USSG55 Campaign Celebrating 55 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the U.S. and Singapore

US Embassy in Singapore: Chargé d’Affaires Mansour Launches USSG55 Campaign Celebrating 55 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the U.S. and Singapore. “On Monday, April 5, 2021, Chargé d’Affaires Rafik Mansour launched U.S. Embassy Singapore’s USSG55 campaign celebrating 55 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Singapore. Starting this month, a combination of digital and traditional media elements branded with #USSG55 will showcase the United States and Singapore’s shared history, built on a strong foundation for a secure, prosperous, and innovative shared future. To kick off the campaign, a dedicated website will serve as a portal for the year’s events, programs, press releases, photographs, and more.”

Vietnam+: Photo exhibition marks 60 years of Vietnam – Morocco diplomatic ties

Vietnam+: Photo exhibition marks 60 years of Vietnam – Morocco diplomatic ties. “In celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the Kingdom of Morocco (March 27, 1961 – March 27, 2021), the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Vietnam have coordinated to organise an online exhibition featuring 20 photos of high-level diplomatic activities between the two countries, selected from VNA’s photo archive.”

The Verge: Welcome to the age of vaccine diplomacy

The Verge: Welcome to the age of vaccine diplomacy. “Millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines currently sitting in United States warehouses are now destined for vaccination sites in Mexico and Canada, according to the White House. The donation marks one of the US’ first steps into the dawning — and deeply contentious — world of late-stage pandemic vaccine diplomacy.”

SupChina: U.S., Japan, and Australia to help India compete with China’s vaccine diplomacy

SupChina: U.S., Japan, and Australia to help India compete with China’s vaccine diplomacy. “One billion doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be produced in India and distributed to Southeast Asian countries, with the help of the U.S., Japan, and Australia. The initiative, an output of the informal ‘Quad’ alliance, is an attempt to counter Chinese vaccine diplomacy in the region.”

University of Melbourne: Partnership helps lay the foundations for treaty making in Australia

University of Melbourne: Partnership helps lay the foundations for treaty making in Australia. “Launched in a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the National Native Title Council, the new Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) website is a resource that aims to empower Traditional Owners through information, capturing the range and variety of agreement making with First Nations peoples in Australia and other parts of the world. Its purpose is to encourage transparency and knowledge around agreement making with a focus on nation building, First Nations governance and treaty making.”

Brookings Tech Stream: How China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats use and abuse Twitter

Brookings Tech Stream: How China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats use and abuse Twitter. “A little more than a year ago, China had almost no diplomatic presence on Twitter. A handful of accounts, many representing far-flung diplomatic outposts, operated without apparent coordination or direction from Beijing. Today, the work of Chinese diplomats on Twitter looks very different: More than 170 of them bicker with Western powers, promote conspiracies about the coronavirus, and troll Americans on issues of race. The quadrupling in the past year and a half of China’s diplomatic presence on a site blocked within China suggests that turning to Western platforms to influence the information environment beyond China’s borders is no longer an afterthought but a priority.”

Arms exports control: launch of online database increasing transparency on EU arms exports (European Union External Action)

European Union External Action: Arms exports control: launch of online database increasing transparency on EU arms exports. “Today the European External Action Service has launched an online database on its website that will allow everyone to consult and analyse the data on Member States’ arms exports in a user-friendly manner. The database contains information on the value, destination and type of arms export licenses and actual exports from Member States, covering the years 2013-2019. The database will be updated on an annual basis.”