School of Transnational Governance

Cyber diplomats discuss security challenges in Florence

At the second meeting of the European Cyber Diplomacy Dialogue (ECDD2020) policymakers and scholars discussed the latest challenges in cyber security.

ECDD2020 took place 20-21 January at the European University Institute (EUI) and was co-organised by the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance (STG), the European Union Institute of Security Studies (EUISS) and the EU Cyber Direct project.

The cyber diplomacy dialogue is both about research and practice. Policymakers get access to cutting-edge research on cyber diplomacy issues, while scholars are exposed to the latest policy debates.

“The value of the European Cyber Diplomacy Dialogue lies in its capacity to bridge knowledge gaps, making policies more evidence-based and research more policy-relevant,” said Patryk Pawlak, Brussels Executive Officer at the EUISS.

Professor Teija Tiilikainen is responsible for the Peace and Security Cluster at the STG. She sees interesting developments regarding cyber space in both international politics and academic studies. It is important for the STG to be involved because “cyber diplomacy is at the core of state and non-state actors acting together in order to maintain peace and stability, also in cyber space.”



Policymakers and scholars discussed behind closed doors during two days the EUI’s Badia Fiesolana. The meeting also included a well-attended public roundtable hosted by the municipality of Florence in the city’s famous Palazzo Vecchio. Panellists discussed cyber threats in the age of great powers, touching upon challenges and opportunities from the local to the global level. Ambassador Guilherme Patriota, Chair of the UN group of government experts and Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Chair of the UN open-ended working group, were among the panellists.