What effect is the seemingly unstoppable advance of social media, and in particular Twitter, having on world events? How it is shaping war and peace and how we think and what we do?

The Taliban use twitter so does the al-Shabaab militia in Somalia. The maritime dispute between China and Japan is endlessly discussed in 140 characters and protesters in Egypt and Tunisia relied on it to pass information to their fellow citizens during their recent uprisings. So is twitter changing the world or changing war or both?


Rory Medcalf
Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute
Non resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC
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