21st Century Diplomacy

A new determining factor in international relations has appeared in recent years; its name is the internet. Nearly 2 billion people—almost a third of the world's population—are now connected to the internet. This is the context in which the new, 21st century diplomacy is taking place.

  • Public Diplomacy

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation complements its initiatives on foreign policy—understood as relations between governments and with different international organizations—with the activity of a variety of related institutions.

  • Economic Diplomacy
    Against the current international backdrop, economic diplomacy presents itself as one of the main instruments of Spanish foreign policy and a political priority to enhance the economic recovery and improve Spain’s image.
  • Cultural Projection
    Cultural policies play a strategic role in developing Spain's foreign policy, enhanced by our country's rich cultural and artistic heritage, and by a language that is the world’s second most-spoken; moreover, Spanish language courses are increasingly in demand worldwide.
  • Digital Diplomacy

    As part of its commitment to modernise communications and adapt its services to the demands of modern-day society, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation implemented a Digital Diplomacy Plan in 2015, which is now fully operational.

  • Think Tanks

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation collaborates, within the scope of foreign policy, with Spanish and foreign Think Tanks with a triple focus on thought management, public diplomacy and the spread of the work of Spanish Think Tanks.

  • Science, Technology and Innovation Diplomacy

    In a world of constant change, where new global challenges affect all countries, Science, Technology and Innovation(STI) are drivers of socio-economic progress and of globalisation, participating in the reconfiguration of tomorrow’s world. Furthermore, their growing influence in all social areas and, in particular, in international relations, gives Science, Technology and Innovation Diplomacy an increasing importance in helping strengthen a country’s international presence and its image around the world.


  • 21 Mar @SpainMFA * Today Foreign Minister @AlfonsoDastisQ met with his counterpart from 🇱🇺 Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn. They discussed… https://t.co/SC7MunPyDX
  • 21 Mar @SpainMFA * 🇪🇨#Ecuador: Spain strongly condemns the attack that killed 3 soldiers & injured 7 others in San Lorenzo. We express… https://t.co/XGfNjv8zRl
  • 21 Mar @SpainMFA * Minister @AlfonsoDastisQ honored the the Attorney General of Qatar, Ali Al Marri, with the Commander by Number Star… https://t.co/AOcKTs8OGS
  • 21 Mar @SpainMFA * "In #Venezuela we are advocating for a peaceful and negotiated solution between Venezuelans themselves. That means… https://t.co/bCITQVDJxx
  • 21 Mar @SpainMFA * State Secretary for European Affairs @JorgeToledoAlb is in Brussels preparing for the upcoming European Council mee… https://t.co/zbAjvXdynI
  • 21 Mar @SpainMFA * ⚽️Foreign Minister @AlfonsoDastisQ took part in the opening of the new @LaLigaEN headquarters here in Madrid. Spani… https://t.co/OWZWf3U0ty
  • 21 Mar @SpainMFA * Today we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The rights to equality and non-di… https://t.co/FcYs8p59RU
  • 20 Mar @SpainMFA * RT @ReddeCasas: Today at @casamerica, State Secretary @GarciaCasasF and @UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture, Francesco Bandari…
  • 20 Mar @SpainMFA * 📽️🎞️Congratulations to Spanish film director Mateo Gil on winning the award for best director at the @MiamiFilmFest… https://t.co/zkaXPeEcXf
  • 20 Mar @SpainMFA * Foreign Minister @AlfonsoDastisQ met today with the Deputy Prime Minister of 🇨🇻 Cape Verde, Olavo Avelino Garcia Co… https://t.co/wBetw2eiMZ
  • 20 Mar @SpainMFA * Foreign Minister @AlfonsoDastisQ: Migration is a key part of EU foreign policy. We need to avoid fractures between… https://t.co/8C8YeE1JZs
  • 20 Mar @SpainMFA * 💧Agriculture Minister García Tejerina opened Spain's stand at #WorldWaterFourm8 in Brasilia, highlighting Spain's s… https://t.co/Pec01U5Uql
  • 20 Mar @SpainMFA * Foreign Minister @AlfonsoDastisQ on #Brexit: "I hope that before the agreement between the European Union & United… https://t.co/6HDMGHlHOC
  • 20 Mar @SpainMFA * #Salisbury Attack: Spain together with the EU expresses its solidarity with the UK & urges Russia to clarify how th… https://t.co/PVo63qz9z0
  • 20 Mar @SpainMFA * Foreign Minister @AlfonsoDastisQ: "We are working to clarify the situation of the @openarms_fund ship in Italy. The… https://t.co/d3VYAT9HPU


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