WikiLeaks on the Middle East: Obscure Diplomacy Networks and Binding Spaces
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CitationBicakci, S., Yildiz, O. T., Rende, D., & Rende, S. (2014). WikiLeaks on the middle east: Obscure diplomacy networks and binding spaces. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 16(4), 459-473. doi:10.1080/19448953.2014.940763
In this paper, we explore the flow of information regarding strategic Middle Eastern countries in the WikiLeaks 'diplomatic cables' by applying data-mining techniques to construct directed networks. The results show that between 2002 and 2009, US diplomatic communication related to these countries increased although with notable variation in flow patterns. We discuss the value of a visual display of diplomatic communication patterns in understanding the decentralized nature of information gathering on regional foreign policy issues.