PDcast #13: The Sochi Olympic Games as Public Diplomacy


The Olympics are supposed to be the pinnacle of sports diplomacy, but Sochi is presenting a very different reality.

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Topic: Sochi and the Olympic games as a public diplomacy tool

To Read:

An Olympics in the Shadow of a War Zone | New York Times, Steven Lee Myers

Russia Blocks Several Activists From Olympics, Even as Spectators | New York Times, Andrew E. Kramer

Russia Blocks Yogurt Bound for U.S. Athletes | New York Times, Thomas Kaplan

For NBC, a challenge in covering the Sochi Winter Olympics objectively | Washington Post, Paul Farhl

For Russians in D.C., the Sochi Olympics are a time to celebrate, right? Not quite. | Washington Post, Roxanne Roberts

No more Mr. Nice Putin | Los Angeles Times, Fiona Hill and Steven Pifer

More talk of Russia’s anti-gay law at Sochi Olympics | Los Angeles Times, David Wharton

Sochi Winter Olympics: who is going to the opening ceremony? | The Guardian, Shaun Walker

Sochi 2014: world authors join protest against Putin | The Guardian, Alison Flood and Shaun Walker

Ban Ki-moon condemns persecution of gay people in Russia | The Guardian, Owen Gibson and Shaun Walker

Putin’s hopes to burnish Russia’s image with Sochi 2014 | BBC, Steve Rosenberg

Russian Officials Fire Back at Olympic Critics | Wall Street Journal, Paul Sonne, Gregory L. White and Joshua Robinson



Julia: Nudibranchs

Adam: Georgia’s “soft power” in relations with Russia

Jennifer: Twiplomacy

Michael: Twitter accounts to follow during Olympics: @JuliaIoffe @ShaunWalker7


photo credit: David Goldman / AP

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