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Public Diplomacy

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.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Digital Citizenship

Andreas Sandre | Posted 07.23.2014 | Technology
Andreas Sandre

In every large democracy of our time, little seems to be left to chance, with both national and trans-national laws and policies relating to every aspect of our life. The Internet however, is still much debated and a sort of grey area.

'Vying for Allah's Vote'

Ziad Haider | Posted 05.13.2014 | Home
Ziad Haider

Pakistan's Islamic parties have long wielded influence through street politics; political and, at times, ideological alliances with the army; and support to militant groups. They are key players that merit continued study. Vying for Allah's Vote examines their origins, ideologies, bases of support, and relationship with extremism and civilian rule.

Economic Diplomacy as Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Philip Seib

It could be argued that the United States is trying to buy hearts and minds. That is an unnecessarily uncharitable judgment of these programs. American foreign policy planners would be foolish not to use economic muscle to accomplish their goals.

The Policeman and the Journalist: A Mid-East Policy Dilemma

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.24.2014 | Media
Joseph Braude

The January 2010 assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a cofounder of the military wing of Hamas, briefly drew international attention to the man who went on to investigate it: Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's long-serving chief of police.

Public Diplomacy and Press Freedom

Philip Seib | Posted 04.26.2014 | Media
Philip Seib

The White House and State Department need to rev up the engine of public diplomacy and make it more central to U.S. foreign policy. Forcefully defending press freedom would be a good way to start. The world will take note.

Bringing a Hard Edge to Soft Power

Philip Seib | Posted 04.08.2014 | Home
Philip Seib

In some countries, including the United States, politics and the scarcity of common sense have led to soft power being pushed out of the policy mainstream, consigned to the backwaters of wishful thinking. Correcting this, in the United States at least, will require structural change.

Radio Beijing in the Middle East

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.08.2014 | Home
Joseph Braude

Like American public diplomacy efforts in the Arab world, the Confucius Institute--the franchise of Chinese educational facilities that was promoted in the Arabic CRI broadcast--also encounters opposition in some countries where it maintains a presence.

Korean Voices Make Waves on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.05.2014 | Home
Joseph Braude

It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?

Aloha Diplomacy: Hawaiian Public Diplomacy

Paul Rockower | Posted 03.23.2014 | Hawaii
Paul Rockower

There is an international relations concept called "paradiplomacy." Paradiplomacy is the action of sub-national actors such as states or regions conducting diplomacy and public diplomacy.

The Slow Thaw of the Cold War

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Stephen D. Smith

Open borders, open markets, open McDonald's, Prada and Ferrari in Moscow, and one would think the melt and merge was complete. But any attempt at East-West assimilation stopped right there. What I understood more than anything is that the thaw relies on the West just as mush as the Russians themselves.

Public Diplomacy's Branding Trap

Philip Seib | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Philip Seib

If Apple, Disney, Coca Cola and other corporate giants benefit from their carefully nurtured brands, why shouldn't nations do the same? "Branding" is a fashionable tool on which some public diplomats rely heavily... perhaps too heavily.

Sochi, Tsar Vladimir's Black Sea St. Vladimirsburg

John Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | Home
John Brown

St. Petersburg was constructed at great human and economic cost. So is the implementation of Putin's Sochi's urban/sport/entertainment fantasy, which some predict could turn into a nightmare.

The India-U.S. Diplomatic Crisis That Didn't Have to Be

Prem M. Trivedi | Posted 02.19.2014 | Home
Prem M. Trivedi

This is not a trivial incident, but it shouldn't have mushroomed into the crisis it has become. Such treatment of a diplomat charged with visa fraud predictably raised eyebrows and may raise broader questions of parity about how the United States expects its owns diplomats to be treated.

Impunity & Immunity in India: Diplomats, Public Perceptions, and Human Rights Violations

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

While Indian media outlets and politicians engage in debates about the alleged mistreatment of Devyani Khobragade, they have entirely overlooked a remarkable story of a man in the state of Punjab who is taking a stand against injustice.

Korea's Public Diplomacy Opportunity

Philip Seib | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Philip Seib

As a cornerstone of a state's public diplomacy, being admired for being resolute and standing for something will likely be more valuable than the mere gestures that too often pass for substantive policy.

Economic Public Diplomacy for the Middle East

Philip Seib | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Philip Seib

The deteriorating security situation throughout much of the Arab world underscores the need to urgently search for nonviolent methods of achieving stability. At the heart of the current unrest are not only political issues but also economic failures that are wiping out the vestiges of hope that remain after the region's recent revolutions.

Tourists Are Everyday Ambassadors

Nathalie Cely | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Nathalie Cely

When people travel, the kind of trust and goodwill is developed that can shape politics between nations.

Your People Can Tweet My People: Twitter Diplomacy Takes a Step Forward, But Let's Not Get Too Excited

Jimmy Leach | Posted 12.02.2013 | Technology
Jimmy Leach

There's been a good deal of excitement (well, relatively speaking) about the recent twitter exchanges between US President Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

A Call for Public Diplomacy Between the U.S. and Iran

Jon Letman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Hawaii
Jon Letman

As Americans we should make the effort to reach out to Iran and show them that we want better relations as much -- no, more than -- our government.

Russia's Baltic Neighbors Might Rely More on Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 11.27.2013 | Home
Philip Seib

The annual Baltic Conference on Defense took place in Tallinn last week, with principal focus on how soft power and hard power might be combined as smart power. As one of the few Americans participating, I realized quickly that the physical distance between the U.S. and Russia has made us nonchalant about Russian power and intentions.

Romania Ramps up Its Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 09.21.2013 | Home
Philip Seib

BUCHAREST --- When public diplomacy issues are discussed, focus tends to be on major powers that are particularly active in this field -- the United S...

VOA Is 'Not a Mouthpiece of the White House,' Director Says (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 11.17.2013 | Media
Nicholas Kralev

"The Voice of America is not a propaganda organization and is not a mouthpiece of the White House or anybody else" -- in fact, its reporters don't enj...

5 Reasons the First Indian-American Crowned Miss America Represents Best Aspirations for Modern America

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Monday morning I woke up to a fascinating news feed about backlash on the winner, Miss New York, an Indian-American, and a first.

Michelle Kwan's Transition From Sports to Diplomacy (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 11.09.2013 | Sports
Nicholas Kralev

Sports is a "useful tool" in diplomacy that helps to "engage foreign publics and connect people all over the world," Michelle Kwan, a five-time world figure-skating champion and the first public diplomacy envoy for the State Department.