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Entries by Philip Seib from 03/2013

The Washington Post Takes a Step Backward

| Posted 03.03.2013 | Media

The public is being poorly served by the Post's decision. The ombudsman's job is important because it implicitly signals that a major news organization recognizes its power and wants to construct an internal check on the exercise of that power.

Public Diplomacy and "Popular Diplomacy"

| Posted 03.11.2013 | World

In many countries, political leaders' greatest fear is that the people they rule will learn too much about the rest of the world and become uncomfortably assertive. Deposed rulers in the Arab states and elsewhere can attest to the disruptive power of information.

Obama's Hardball Public Diplomacy

| Posted 03.23.2013 | World

While visiting Israel, Obama did not limit himself to the standard rhetorical niceties. He went over the heads of politicians and appealed directly to the Israeli public, especially the young, to make his case for a more flexible approach to negotiating with Palestinians.