The New Face of Diplomacy


This TED Talk was specially selected to support lessons from Chapter 1 "Skills for a Changing World" of the Diplomatic Planner, as part of supplementary learning and development to help you contextualise the wider work of diplomacy and international relations. 

Diana Janse

Diana Janse


Is diplomacy made redundant with the internet? Ambassador Diana Janse talks more.


Diana Janse challenges the traditional practices of diplomacy and proposes new directions for diplomats in the modern world. Ambassador Janse joined the Swedish Foreign Service in 1999. Since then, she has served in Belgrade, Moscow, New York, Kabul and as political advisor to the EUSR for South Caucasus. After her tenure in Brussels, she was assigned a position in the cabinet of the Swedish Foreign Minister, serving as Minister Bildts special assistant and travel coordinator for more than three years. In September 2010, she was appointed Sweden's Ambassador to Georgia, and in March 2011 to Armenia as well. Prior to joining the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Janse worked in the Ministry of Defense and in the Swedish Military Intelligence. She also spent one year as an interpreter for the UN forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 2010, Ambassador Janse published a book - En del av mitt hjärta lämnar jag kvar - about her work as the only Swedish diplomat in Afghanistan. In 2011, it was published in Georgian. Ambassador Janse holds two degrees from Uppsala University, a Master in Political Science and a Bachelor in Russian Language and Literature. She lives in Tbilisi with her fiancé and her two adopted Georgian street cats.