Corneliu Bjola

Associate Professor in Diplomatic Studies

Short Bio

Corneliu Bjola is Associate Professor in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford and Head of the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group. He also serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California and as a Professorial Lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He has published extensively on issues related to the impact of digital technology on the conduct of diplomacy with a recent focus on public diplomacy, international negotiations, and methods for countering digital propaganda.

He is currently working on three projects: the co-edited Oxford Handbook of Digital Diplomacy providing the state of the art of digital diplomacy in terms of theory, institutions, country cases and future trends (under contract with Oxford University Press); the co-edited volume on “Digital International Relations” examining how digital disruption changes the technological parameters of ordering processes in world politics (under review with Cambridge University Pres) , and the monograph on “Diplomacy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” examining the potential transformative impact of AI in consular affairs, crisis communication, public diplomacy, and international negotiations.

Selected Publications


C Bjola and I Manor, “Hybrid diplomacy: from digital adaptation to adoption” International Affairs, 98: 2 (2022) 471–491,

C Bjola, “AI for Development: Implications for Theory and Practice” Oxford Development Studies (2021)

C Bjola and I Manor, “Revisiting Putnam’s Two-Level Game Theory in the Digital Age:  Domestic Digital Diplomacy and the Iran Nuclear Deal”, Cambridge Review of International Affairs (June 2018), 31:1

C Bjola, “The Ethics of Countering Digital Propaganda,” Ethics and International Affairs 32: 3 (2018): 305-315, DOI: 


 C Bjola and Ruben Zaiotti (eds.), Digital Diplomacy and International Organizations: Autonomy, Legitimacy and Contestation (Routledge; 2020)

C Bjola and Markus Kornprobst, Understanding International Diplomacy: Theory, Practice and Ethics (Routledge, 2018), 2nd edition

C Bjola and J Pamment (eds.), Countering online propaganda and violent extremism: The dark side of digital diplomacy, (Routledge, 2018)

C Bjola and M Holmes (eds.), Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice. Routledge, 2015)