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Palestinian Diplomats Hone Media Skills in Turin/Torino

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.15.2016 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Ten young Palestinian diplomats recently sharpened their media skills in Turin/Torino, as part of a program to prepare them for the rigors of public d...

America Benefits From International Exchanges

Ilir Zherka | Posted 08.03.2016 | Impact
Ilir Zherka

Friday was "J Day," during which international students and other exchange visitors fan out across the United States to engage in community service and celebrate American culture.

The State Department Took an Important Step Against Extremists

Philip Seib | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Philip Seib

This week, the U.S. State Department has taken a significant step forward by announcing that it will place greater emphasis on development aid in its CVE efforts. A joint strategy that will better coordinate State Department CVE projects with USAID should bring new substance to public diplomacy that has CVE potential.

Public Diplomacy in the Pacific

Philip Seib | Posted 05.22.2016 | World
Philip Seib

Nations such as South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and others all keep a close eye on China, but they also know that they individually and especially collectively possess enough economic and political vitality to offset some of China's regional dominance.

diplomacy - Diplomacy - DIPLOMACY

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 05.20.2016 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

diplomacy - Diplomacy - DIPLOMACY: the three different ways of writing this word illustrate three different ways in which diplomacy is perceived today.

The Case for Georgia Joining NATO

Philip Seib | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Philip Seib

For most Americans today, Russia is more an annoyance than a threat. But if you live in Georgia, a small country on Russia's southern border, the Kremlin remains a menacing presence. If the Russian bear becomes hungry, Georgia might be a morsel too tempting to resist.

Diplomacies, from Public to Pubic

John Brown | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
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John Brown

My own minor, rather frivolous, contribution to the creation of the new diplomatic jargon -- pubic diplomacy -- did not appeal to the wordmasters of the universe. But it does occasionally appears as a typo in some U.S. Embassy internal memoranda.

Underestimating the Islamic State

Philip Seib | Posted 03.13.2016 | World
Philip Seib

The Obama administration is considering a campaign of air strikes to hit IS in Libya. That is a tactical response, not a strategy. So too is the notion that the United States and its allies can kill IS fighters faster than the organization can recruit new ones.

The Turkish Puzzle

Philip Seib | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Philip Seib

When it comes to Turkey portraying itself to the world, its leaders say all the right things about public diplomacy and the country's desire to be less insular. But despite having an alluring business environment and being a magnet for tourists, Turkey has yet to fully address more substantive matters related to its identity. Its leaders need to answer a big question: What does Turkey want?

The Reality of Kurdistan

Philip Seib | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Philip Seib

It is time for the rest of the world to acknowledge the courage and importance of the Kurds and recognize an independent Kurdistan.

The Long Road to Terrorism's End

Philip Seib | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Dealing with IS requires applying military pressure in Syria and Iraq, but more important is stopping the flow of recruits. Some of these young people are psychopaths, but many believe they are doing the Lord's work in building a caliphate.

#ShakespeareLives in 2016: How Shakespeare's Plays Reflect Current Affairs

Paul_Smith | Posted 10.30.2015 | Arts
Paul_Smith

In 2016 the world gathers to applaud, to set Shakespeare free, liberating his plays into the meaning of our times. We remember him and must tell his story.

Fighting the Information War

Philip Seib | Posted 09.27.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Information warfare requires an infrastructure of broadcasting, social media, and other communication assets that can direct messages to the same audiences the Russians target, but do so more effectively.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

How Pakistan Hurts Its People By Blaming India

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.15.2016 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

On Wednesday, Jundullah, a Pakistan-based affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the killing of more than forty members of the Ismaili Shia community in Karachi.

How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
Bahman Baktiari

After thirty-six years of mutual satanization, it is easy to advance pessimistic arguments and to be doubtful about a future in which Iran and the United States will no longer be enemies. However, the nuclear negotiations and the prospect of a final nuclear accord demonstrate the fiction of the idea of permanent enemies destined to be in conflict with each other.

America and Iran: An Opportunity for Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Philip Seib

For years, the United States and other nations have reached out to this population through broadcasting and online venues, but this process should be immediately expanded. Exchange programs -- academic and cultural -- are effective in breaking down stereotypes.

Peer to Peer Diplomacy: Open Sourcing Peace

Jacob Devaney | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Jacob Devaney

Across the globe it is becoming clear that nations are failing at creating peaceful solutions to international challenges. More bombing does not creat...

Arabs' Public Diplomacy Vacuum

Philip Seib | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Leaving aside the fanatic fringe -- and it is just a fringe -- much of the world conflates "Muslim" and "Arab," although this is far from accurate. Many people seem willing to attribute the worst characteristics of a few to the many, and so the actions of a relatively small number of murderers can taint all 1.6 billion Muslims and 340 million Arabs.

Agents of Hope

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.23.2015 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

We live in an age in which the attack on language is endemic; an age in which techniques like the filibuster have been used to effect mass dysfunction in governance and prevent people from talking to one another.

The Case for a More Proactive U.S. Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Philip Seib

Much of American public diplomacy, like much of the rest of U.S. foreign policy, is reactive. When a crisis erupts, policymakers respond as best they can to limit the damage. In this social media era, they are often outpaced by those who are better prepared.

Friends of the Devil: U.S.-Iran Ties Beyond a Nuclear Deal

Jerrold D. Green | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Jerrold D. Green

People of good will hope that the ongoing P5+1 negotiations will culminate in a deal by November 24, but whether the final deal happens next month or not, it will be important to continue to avoid conflict in favor of dialogue and even collaboration when possible.

In the Digital Diplomacy Battle, the Upstarts Will Start to Win Out

Jimmy Leach | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Jimmy Leach

The time is right for new countries to step into that world and punch way above their weight, gaining influence above and beyond their more risk averse counterparts.

You Can't Be Successful Globally Without This...

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Cari E. Guittard

Contextual intelligence is essential to a successful global career. It requires one accepting that they know less than they think they do and leading every new global and cross-cultural experience with humility and an openness to learning.

In Syria, a Venue for Collaborative Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Philip Seib

As advocates of public diplomacy seek to gain greater traction for their work, collaborative approaches merit more attention. The sadness that envelops Syria cannot be fully dissipated by these projects, but where hope is such a rare commodity this form of public diplomacy has great value.