Thomas Fletcher

Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice, Social Science

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


M.A. Modern History, Hertford College, Oxford University

Tom Fletcher CMG is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice at New York University Abu Dhabi, and Visiting Professor of Diplomatic Practice at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. He was British Ambassador to Lebanon (‪2011-15), and the Downing Street‬ foreign policy adviser to three Prime Ministers, (2007-11).‬‬

He is an Honorary Fellow of Oxford University, and the Global Strategy Director for the Global Business Coalition for Education, which seeks to harness private sector efforts to get 59 million children into school. He blogs as the Naked Diplomat, and chairs the International Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation, promoting Britain's most dynamic and magnetic sector overseas. Tom has recently led a review of British diplomacy for the UK Foreign Office, and is currently working on a report on the future of the United Nations for the next UN Secretary General.

His book entitled ‘Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age’ was published on 2 June 2016 by Harper Collins.

For more detailed information, please refer to Tom’s personal website:

Current Course

‘Digital Diplomacy’ – J Term 2017

This course will focus on the way that digital technology is reshaping how states interact and the building blocks of diplomacy. Technology has changed statecraft throughout history: diplomats had to adapt to writing, horseback travel, the telephone, and now, Twitter. We will look at how new technology changes real world negotiations between leaders and the implications for secrecy, as trust is eroded. We will consider how countries compete in the 21st century, and how smart power, new forms of communication and iDiplomacy will change the fundamentals of statecraft. Can diplomacy compete, evolve, survive, or will it be disrupted? How can we bring citizens closer to the biggest questions facing their future? The course will draw on history, but focus on practical examples from contemporary statecraft and the experiences of the instructor, an ambassador at the centre of the effort to ensure that diplomacy is ready for the challenges that lie ahead.