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Posted by John Brown at 3:54 PM
Meanwhile, far more important: Merry Christmas to you & yours!
Joseh S. Nye, May 6, 2019, Project Syndicate; original article contains links
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Many in the current US administration argue that soft power does not matter much; countries cooperate out of self-interest. But this misses a crucial point: cooperation is a matter of degree, and the degree is affected by attraction or repulsion, not just weapons and sanctions.
CAMBRIDGE – US President Donald Trump’s administration has shown little interest in public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. And yet public diplomacy – a government’s efforts to communicate directly with other countries’ publics – is one of the key instruments policymakers use to generate soft power, and the current information revolution makes such instruments more important than ever.
Opinion polls and the Portland Soft Power 30 index show that American soft power has declined since the beginning of Trump’s term. Tweets can help to set the global agenda, but they do not produce soft power if they are not attr..
By James Stavridis, time.com
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Admiral Stavridis (Ret.) was the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and is an Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group. [JB note: He also was until recently the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a graduate school for international affairs, which includes the Edward R. Murrow [JB see]
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Center of a for a Digital World [:] Cyber [,] Media [,] Public Diplomacy,” [JB emphasis] one of its programs being “Public Diplomacy Workshop, a student-led initiative focused on studying the theory and practice of public diplomacy.]
After a couple of tumultuous years, President Donald Trump seems to have reached the conclusion that he has had quite enough of generals. Now, as a retired admiral, I have certainly been annoyed over the years by a number of generals. Yet by and large, I’ve found them quite effective as leaders, organizers, planners and strategists–the type one would expect from those wh..
Gabby Orr and Eliana Johnson, politico.com; see also
Two of the president's preferred candidates for the U.N. ambassadorship are out of the running. | Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images
'It seems like this has been the position they could never quite find someone to fill,' said one Republican close to the White House.
Politico ambassador — a job for which State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was once considered a lock but is now out of contention — has faced repeated delays and is running up against Nikki Haley’s end-of-year departure date.
Meanwhile, a raft of new candidates has emerged, but no one has grabbed the front-runner mantel, raising the possibility that President Donald Trump could tap someone at the 11th hour who has already been passed over. The White House Counsel’s office has not yet been asked to vet anyone for the role, further indicating the president may not have settled on a finalist.
“It seems like this has been the position they could never quite fi..
Digital Diplomacy Conference #diplocampDutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 🇳🇱 ✔@DutchMFAOn 7 February 2019, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs brought together 150 experts on tech, digital and international relations @NLatEU in Brussels. To discuss the challenges, share practical tools and design solutions around digital diplomacy.
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Feb 8, 2019
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Feb 7, 2019
✔@ziadramleyThis was so much fun! Thanks to everyone at #DiploCamp who attended @NLinBEFeb 7, 2019
Vince [email protected] a great day at the Digital Diplomacy Camp. Thank you to everyone at @PublicDiplomacy and all the particip..