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A Day in the Life of Australia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan: Richard Feakes

 By Richard Feakes, Australia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan My day starts in the same way as any other Australian office worker — I reach for my suit, tie and shoes.  Only in Afghanistan, I have to add another layer — heavy body armour. All officers working in Australia’s Embassy in Afghanistan need to think about security all the...

Digital Diplomacy in the Age of Political Extremity

Introduction Over the past year, a growing number of scholars, diplomats and journalists have reflected on the growing importance of algorithms to the conduct of diplomacy. Some MFAs now employ algorithms to analyze online discourse in foreign countries in an attempt to anticipate civil unrest. Likewise, algorithms are used to identify relevant audiences for public diplomacy...

The Secret to Successful Place & Nation Branding

There is much confusion regarding the differences between nation branding, place branding, reputation management, and public diplomacy. In this episode, we try to clear the confusion by interviewing Robert Govers. Dr.Govers is the managing research partner of www.good.country, chairman of the International Place Branding Association and an independent advisor, researcher, speaker and author on the reputation...

Direktor FBI: prekrijte svoje web kamere

Da li prekrivate lepljivom trakom ili nečim drugim web kameru laptopa? Direktor kompanije Facebook Mark Zakerberg i direktor američkog FBI Džejms Komi to rade, trebalo bi da sledite njihov primer. Prekrivanje web kamere laptopa lepljivom trakom ili nalepnicom je jeftin i dobar način da se zaštitite od hakera koji žele da uđu u vaš život preko...

‘Trust Through Transparency’: Lessons In Drone Journalism

This piece was originally published by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism as part of a new RJI series. It is used here with permission. As the news crew at KTVB in Boise, Idaho, has learned, launching their drone for news coverage can draw a crowd. Executive News Director Kate...

Ukraine soldiers bombarded by ‘pinpoint propaganda’ texts

  KIEV, Ukraine –  Television journalist Julia Kirienko was sheltering with Ukrainian soldiers and medics two miles (three kilometers) from the front when their cellphones began buzzing over the noise of the shelling. Everyone got the same text message at the same time. “Ukrainian soldiers,” it warned, “they’ll find your bodies when the snow melts.” Text...

China’s Public Diplomacy

Click to Amazon I In China’s Public Diplomacy, author Ingrid d’Hooghe contributes to our understanding of what constitutes and shapes a country’s public diplomacy, and what factors undermine or contribute to its success. China invests heavily in policies aimed at improving its image, guarding itself against international criticism and advancing its domestic and international agenda. This...

A Snapshot of How Foreign Ministers in the Gulf Use Twitter

Over the last decade, Internet access has seen dramatic growth in the Gulf region. The Gulf states enjoy the highest Internet penetration rates in the Middle East: Qatar (97%), Bahrain (93%), the United Arab Emirates (92%) and Kuwait (80%) have near universal access. Oman (71%) and Saudi Arabia (65%) have widespread diffusion as well. Studies increasingly...

Has a brave new world of digital diplomacy arrived?

Until now, diplomacy took place in a mainly cloistered world of the rich and powerful, whose operations could only be glimpsed from afar in most cases. The very purpose of diplomacy has been discretion — allowing nations to say to one another in private what they do not wish to say in public. Even when put...

Networks and narratives: Public diplomacy in the DFAT White Paper

This post is part of a debate on Australia’s foreign policy White paper 2017. Click here for other debate posts. Australia has a great story to tell the world, a powerful ‘strategic narrative‘ that is a potent source of soft power. But it’s increasingly difficult for this story to be heard, given the transformations arising out...