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Paul Rockower is a gastronomist and graduate of the Master’s of Public Diplomacy program at the University of Southern California. Rockower is the Communications Director for American Voices, a nonprofit that conducts cultural diplomacy to countries emerging from conflict or isolation

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Aloha Diplomacy: Hawaiian Public Diplomacy

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:39 PM

I first got a glimpse of Hawaiian public diplomacy a few years ago at the Taipei Flora Expo in 2011. Following a stint in Taiwan as a Visiting Fellow at a thinktank researching Taiwanese public diplomacy, I stopped in the Expo, which featured different countries exhibiting and showcasing...

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When I'm 34

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 1:13 PM

I am 18. Cigarettes, lottery and army are open to me. I get a Sony Playstation to remind myself I am just a big kid and Final Fantasy 7 to remind me of adventure. The world will open itself up to me in ways I can't begin to comprehend.

I...

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'FDR and the Jews'

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:48 AM

FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman, Belknap Press, 2013, ISBN 13: 978-0674050266, 464 pp. $9.88 (Kindle), $15.96 (Amazon hardcover).

"Fluctuations of historic judgment are...
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Charmed by Charm City

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 12:08 PM

I read recently that Baltimore and Washington, D.C. have been having a jovial spat over which city is better (Baltimore's case; Washington's response, among others).

As a Washingtonian (of sorts, and occasionally), Baltimore has always held a different place for me. Close, but not that...

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Keepers of the Public Diplomacy Flame: An Appreciation of Embassy Local Staff

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 11:29 AM

I got into the public diplomacy game as a local hire as a Foreign Service National (FSN) working for the Israeli Foreign Ministry as a Press Officer for the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest. As such, I have a deep appreciation for others who work as FSN for...

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The Public Diplomacy of Free France During WWII

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 4:41 PM

I have always been fascinated by the way that countries with issues of diplomatic recognition, and national movements, conduct public diplomacy to communicate their diplomatic legitimacy or to bypass diplomatic difficulties. To such ends, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, analyzing how Taiwan...

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Edible Nation Branding for the Netherlands

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 1:48 PM

On a recent excursion to the Netherlands, I was left bubbling with gastrodiplomacy ideas for the Dutch.

Gastrodiplomacy is an increasingly popular form of public diplomacy that uses food as a means to communicate culture; this tactic of culinary cultural diplomacy shares the uniqueness of...

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Fiddler on the Roof in Kurdistan

(21) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 11:19 AM

With just a bit of trepidation, I set off in early June last year for Iraq. I was to be there for five weeks, running performing arts academies in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. I was working as the Communications Director for American Voices, a nonprofit organization that conducts cultural...

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Hebrew-Arabic Calligraphy From God's Own Country (PHOTOS)

(37) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 7:53 AM

Down in the heart of "God's Own Country," as the Indian state of Kerala is affectionately known, an Indian Muslim calligrapher is using his skills in the art of the ink flourishes to bridge Jewish and Muslim communities. Thoufeek Zakriya is an Indian Muslim from the city of Cochin who...

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Setting the Table for Diplomacy

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 3:35 PM

In the latest instance of flag following fork, the U.S. State Department launched a new culinary diplomacy program, titled "Diplomatic Culinary Partnership: Setting the Table for Diplomacy" The new Diplomatic Culinary Partnership initiative was unveiled on September 7 at the penthouse of the State Department, and this gastrodiplomat was on...

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Time Banks

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 4:55 PM

"Time is the most valuable commodity we can spend," stated the ancient Greek philosopher Theophastus; in Time Banks, the idea that "time is money" takes on a whole new significance. Time Banking is a social movement predicated on exchanging the value of time for time. It is an online community...

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The YES Academy in Iraq

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 12:01 PM

"Min hem ya neem," bellowed the baritone Kurdish Hamlet. To be or not to be -- always a good question to be asked of any public diplomacy venture.

Recently, American Voices held its annual Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) Academy in the city of Duhok, in the Kurdistan region of...

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Indian Gastrodiplomacy to Help Feed Perceptions of an Emergent India

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 4:43 PM

As an emergent India is asserting itself within the ever-evolving global power dynamic, India is having a vibrant discussion about public diplomacy and nation-branding, and how to engage in channels of public diplomacy as a means to project its emergence; now is the perfect time for...

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A Taiwanese Take on Four-Eyes

(9) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 3:23 PM

Once upon a time, it was a schoolyard taunt to label someone "four-eyes," but in Taiwan, they have adopted an unusual take on such labels. There is a strange and ubiquitous fashion trend seen among Taipei's teens and twentysomethings who sport eyeglass frames sans the lenses. It is not...

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The Gastrodiplomacy Cookbook

(7) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 2:44 PM

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience." -- James Beard

One of the more delicious forms of public diplomacy has recently emerged in the global consciousness: gastrodiplomacy. Public diplomacy is a field predicated on the communication of culture and values to foreign publics; gastrodiplomacy, most...

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