Xin Liu, uscpublicdiplomacy.org, Nov 15, 2018
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Since China became openly engaged in projecting soft power, its endeavors have constantly faced challenges.
When China’s investment in soft power exceeds the combined government spending of the U.S., UK, France, Germany and Japan, public diplomacy [JB emphasis] starts to blur into the area of dollar diplomacy, and inducement combined with intimidation were often considered to be the “hard edge” of China’s soft power. To some, the edge has become so sharp that it is deemed to have changed the nature of soft power, as argued by Christopher Walker and Jessica Ludwig when they coined the new phrase “sharp power” in 2017 to refer to “authoritarian soft power” because it “pierces, penetrates, or perforates the political and information environments in the targeted countries” through the use of “outward-facing censorship, manipulation and distraction.” They used China and Russia as typical examples and stated that “..
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In June 2018, Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to meet with a leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Trump and Kim made history with their summit in Singapore. Prior to the US-DPRK summit the DPRK and South Korea also held an inter-Korean Summit in April 2018. Since those meetings, the DPRK has thawed some of its diplomatic and cultural relationships in Asia and with the United States, and began a new round of public diplomacy. [JB emphasis].
Isabelle Niu in Lancaster, qz.com, December 27, 2018; original article contains a video, “Foodie culture is now part of foreign policy.”
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Thailand is not a superpower. But when it comes to food, it’s one of the most influential countries in the world. Thai food is not just popular, it’s mainstream. It’s the late-night food at British pubs and the go-to dine out choice of Peter Parker.
But Thai food didn’t magically become popular. Since 2002, the government has been promoting its food overseas through a multifaceted campaign. The strategy has been so successful that it inspired a new trend in foreign policy: gastrodiplomacy.
Countries including South Korea, Lebanon, Peru, Malaysia and Vietnam have launched their own gastrodiplomacy campaigns, using food to extend cultural influence, boost tourism, and promote agricultural exports.
And food isn’t just a diplomatic tool for governments. There’s a new kind of gastrodiplomacy on the rise, one that’s led by peop..
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The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (January 2011)This article or section possibly contains synthesis of material which does not verifiably mention or relate to the main topic.(January 2011)In international relations, public diplomacy or people's diplomacy, broadly speaking, is the communication with and dissemination of propaganda to the general public of foreign nations to establish a dialogue designed to inform and influence. As the international order has changed over the 20th century, so has the practice of public diplomacy. Its practitioners use a variety of instruments and methods ranging from personal contac..
At 5 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, five Canadian diplomats stationed in Tehran quietly left the country. After years of increasing tensions and rhetoric Canada cut all diplomatic ties with Iran. But as Canada was cutting its formal diplomatic ties with Iranian officials, a separate team within the Department of Foreign Affairs and International