EFANOVA E.V. Twitter Diplomacy in Shaping the Foreign Policy Agenda of the United States of America During the Presidency of D. Trump

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2023.3.9

Elena V. Efanova

Candidate of Sciences (Politics), Associate Professor,

Department of Sociology and Political Science, Volgograd State University,

Prosp. Universitetsky, 100, 400062 Volgograd, Russian Federation

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Abstract. Introduction. Foreign policy is based on the desire of states to improve the image of their country, disseminate their values abroad, and develop international cooperation. In the context of the information age, one of the innovative tools of US foreign policy is Twitter diplomacy, an active supporter of which was ex-President Donald Trump. The content of Donald Trump’s recordings on his Twitter page reflects the main US foreign policy goals implemented within NATO. The purpose of the work is to, on the basis of an analysis of the principles (manufacturability, multilateralism, activity, and interactivity) of the implementation of Twitter diplomacy; determine its specifics as a tool for shaping the foreign policy agenda of the United States of America within NATO during the presidency of D. Trump.

Methods and materials. The work uses general geological methods of policy research and methods of theoretical and applied (problem-situational) political scientific analysis. The theoretical basis was the network approach in the interpretation of M. Castels, which made it possible to identify the specifics of relations between policy actors within the framework of a dynamically developing online space.

Analysis. As a result of a political analysis of the logic of the implementation of US foreign policy, the functional potential of Twitter diplomacy in the process of forming a foreign policy agenda during the presidency of Donald Trump was determined. Conclusions. The work conceptually comprehends the category “foreign policy agenda of the state.” Based on an analysis of the entries on D. Trump’s Twitter page, it was proven that through Twitter diplomacy, the United States of America has implemented foreign policy goals in NATO on defense spending in the Alliance member countries and confronting Russia.

Key words: social media, Internet, foreign policy, political agenda, Twitter, Donald Trump, US.

Citation. Efanova E.V. Twitter Diplomacy in Shaping the Foreign Policy Agenda of the United States of America During the Presidency of D. Trump. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4. Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2023, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 97-103. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2023.3.9.

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