Author: Charlie Firestone

Executive Director, Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program

Charlie Firestone joined C&S as executive director in 1989. Since then, the program has focused on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership; the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions; and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest. Charlie also served as the Institute's executive vice president for policy programs and international activities for three years.

Netpolitik: What the Emergence of Networks Means for Diplomacy and Statecraft

by Charlie Firestone and Leshuo Dong
— As Realpolitik and consensus-driven International Liberalism both show their weaknesses as constructs in a fast-moving, complex world, the authors suggests a new approach and lexicon for international relations, focused on understanding and employing network principles as a means for advancing diplomatic aims. Read more