Mariami Khatiashvili, uscpublicdiplomacy.org, Apr 18, 2019 Read more
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Mutual understanding is essential for building trust in public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. In most cases, shared elements might include values and ideas. In some cases, similar geographic names can have a significant role in establishing mutual trust and understanding. This was successfully incorporated in U.S. public diplomacy in the 1980s to connect people from Atlanta, Georgia and Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, through citizen exchanges.The existence of two Georgias in the world—the state in the United States of America and the country in Europe—can be puzzling. Though the same name refers to distinct geographic places, this duplication was used to build bridges between the peoples from these two places during the Cold War.In the 1980s, people from two Georgias were connected through two-way citizen exchanges operated by the Atlanta-based organization Friendship Force International. Americans from Atlanta, Geo..
State Dept. Merges PA, Propaganda Units, Fri., Apr. 12, 2019,
By Kevin McCauley
Michelle GiudaThe State Dept. has merged its domestic PA [JB – Public Affairs] bureau with the international information programs (public diplomacy [JB emphasis] ) unit to form a new global public affairs shop of about 300 staffers.The Washington Post calls the revamp “the biggest structural change at the State Dept. in 20 years,” and a effort to counter disinformation campaigns by China and Russia.Michelle Giuda, acting under secretary for public policy and PA, engineered the overhaul, which had been contemplated for years but stymied by the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 that bars the government from targeting Americans with propaganda.The Post noted that Smith-Mundt Act restrictions are less relevant in the digital age when US reporters report on State Dept. messaging overseas, and foreign journalists cover State Dept. briefings.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the restructuring marks a “crit.. Read more
For the first session the keynote speaker, Kent Calder, was joined by Lily Gardner Feldman, senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, and Watanabe Yasushi, professor in the faculty of environment and information studies at Keiō University. From Enmity to Amity Feldman, a specialist on German foreign policy and international reconciliation, remarked Read more
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 Read more
Serhii PROKOPENKO, Chief Innovation Officer, Global Shapers Kharkiv Hub, kharkivobserver.com
An initiative, backed by the World Economic Forum, entitled Global Shapers Community, is a network of 7,000 participants in 156 countries, comprising 376 city hubs, primarily for younger citizens between the ages of 20 and 30, who are exceptional in their potential and drive to make a difference in their communities.
Hubs sync between remote and ongoing events to discuss global challenges with a targeted approach to local needs. Just recently, 60 Shapers from different hubs first time have led a panel at the WTO Public Forum 2018.One of the hubs is located in Kharkiv. At that moment, it is expanding and launching new projects. Among them are MoreInfo project, catalyzing urban mobility and local tourism, scaling in Ukraine and other countries, VR Marathon, promoting modernization of product variations via innovative media-technologies, initiative for developing entrepreneurial spirit of youth.. Read more