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The Conversation: Syria, Children of War and Digital Diplomacy

Marcel Kurpershoek, senior humanities research fellow at NYU Abu Dhabi and Dutch diplomat for over 40 years and Thomas Fletcher discuss the war in Syria, ways to provide education to children displaced by war, and the role that digital diplomacy can play in the future.

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NYU Abu Dhabi Social Science faculty are frequently featured in local and international news media.

The Kim Darroch debacle shows that we need our diplomats to be honest more than ever before​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
As a former ambassador, I know how important it is that diplomats do not resort to vanilla platitudes to err on the side of caution, writes Tom Fletcher.
The National | July 13, 2019

‘Naked Diplomat’ author Tom Fletcher bares all on life as UK ambassador to Lebanon
Tom Fletcher might be best described as “the anti-diplomat.” Not in the sense that he sees no value in diplomacy, but in his steadfast refusal to live up to the stereotype expected of the ambassadorial profession.
Arab News | May 26, 2018

There are fewer wars when you take power away from men in big castles
The best ideas now spread sideways. We need to build solutions together – it turns out our survival depends on it.
The National | April 9, 2018

'Diplomats need narrative tone in digital age'
In a panel discussion at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, Omar Saif Ghobash, the UAE's Ambassador to France, joined the former British ambassador to Lebanon Thomas Fletcher, in a conversation on digital diplomacy.
Khaleej Times | March 03, 2018

The pursuit of happiness is backed by science – happy people are more productive
There are proven links between happiness and achievement in schools and workplaces, writes Tom Fletcher
The National | February 11, 2018