AI AND DIPLOMACY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

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Marta Konovalova
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0680-6975

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This article focused on two distinct areas: diplomacy for AI and AI for diplomacy. The first point investigated challenges faced by diplomats associated with creating stability in cyberspace and diversifying objects of cooperation. The second point sought to identify the threats and opportunities associated with AI in diplomacy; to explore the impact of digital tools on diplomatic capacity, technological limitations through digital diplomacy, and uncertain future demand for the diplomatic profession; to investigate the necessary competencies of civil servants in managing alternative reality and collaborating with technical specialists. The research utilized a qualitative approach, employing analysis of existing literature and diplomatic practices related to AI and its effects on diplomacy. The research underscored the importance of diplomats’ readiness for change and their understanding and utilization of new technologies. It highlighted the need for interdisciplinary training programs incorporating innovative thinking, big data management, and machine learning to foster effective collaboration between diplomats and technical specialists. We concluded that embracing AI and digital capabilities can empower diplomats and enhance the effectiveness of diplomatic instruments in achieving national goals in times of peace and hybrid war in the real world and the metauniverse.    

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Konovalova, Marta. 2023. “AI AND DIPLOMACY: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES ”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (2):520-30. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2392520k.
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Marta Konovalova, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

I have obtained a Ph.D. in Public Administration in 2014. From 2014 to 2021 was teaching at the Social Policy Department of the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University (Kyiv, Ukraine). At the same time, I was working in the International Cooperation Office of National Pedagogical Dragomanov University (part-time). Since 2021 I have been working at the Department of International Organizations and Diplomacy in the Educational and Scientific Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. In addition to teaching at the university, I do Project monitoring and evaluation. During 2018-2021 I took part in two projects ("Effectiveness of models of assistance of mobile brigades of social and psychological assistance on the way of reintegration of participants of hostilities in anti-terrorist operation / OOS and members of their families to a peaceful life in the Mykolaiv and Kyiv areas according to RBM methodology". The research was conducted within the framework of the project "Integrated approach to solving the problem of violence against women and girls in Ukraine", implemented by the ICF "Ukrainian Public Health Foundation"; with the support of the United Nations Population Fund and financial support from the British Embassy in Ukraine. And Project "Promoting the Development of a Cross-sectoral Partnership for the Protection of the Interests of Children: the Inclusion of IDP as Active Participants of the Process." (Kharkiv, Odesa, Kramatorsk, Severodonetsk), monitoring and evaluating of the project) I have experience in implementing projects of the European Union program (Erasmus Ka2, DAAD), had internships at the Krakow Pedagogical University (Poland), Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic), the University of Applied Sciences in Münster (Germany), and Masaryk University (Czech Republic). My current research interests: are diplomacy (parliamentary, humanitarian, public), international lobbying, and NGO. Author of more than 30 scientific papers, speaker, and participant in international conferences in Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Japan.