• US soft power

    US soft power0

    Some two decades after 9/11, November’s U.S. presidential election sees two very different visions for the “war on terror.” While terrorism is not the issue it was in 2001, it still has significant potential to influence the campaign in the next two months. The continued scope for politicization of this topic came only when one

  • Israel and its Image After the 1967 War

    Israel and its Image After the 1967 War0

    Even as Israel preserves the geo-strategic strengths of its gains from the Six Day War, the Arabs are disempowered in this Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinians are dis-enfranchised, like never before

  • The Online Diplomat

    The Online Diplomat0

    Skip to content Sian MacLeod
    UK Ambassador to Serbia
    Part of Digital Diplomacy FCDO Outreach UK in Serbia
    21st September 2020 Belgrade, Serbia
    The Online Diplomat The Online DiplomatI was recently asked to open a conference on communications. Because of the public health situation the conference was held virtually, that is to say, online.
    It’s a dangerous thing to be an amateur opening a conference of professionals.
    To do so using their own medium was, to use typically British irony, ‘courageous’.
    I realised that I was probably in more need of advice from the experts than they were from me. But as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
    Diplomacy, broadly speaking is about policy, people and places. A diplomat’s life and work is about presenting policy, meeting people and visiting places.
    That’s tricky just now.
    I wouldn’t go as far as a well-known commentator for Carnegie Europe who said that coronavirus had “brought diplomatic activity to a standstill”.
    But there is a qui..

  • 18 Sep The week in foreign policy

    18 Sep The week in foreign policy0

    The foreign policy headlines have been dominated this week by news that, with the support of America, the UAE and Bahrain have signed agreements fully normalising their relationships with Israel. Whilst the move has been celebrated by some as a historic and extraordinary triumph, The New York Times’ Editorial Board have argued that, whilst this is “on the face of it, a good and beneficial development”, “the agreements…made only a perfunctory nod to what ‘Middle East peace’ has long referred to: peace between Palestinians and Israelis.” They argue that: “A true Middle East peace deal will require an accommodation with the 4.75 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, a people who have been..

  • Why the British Embassy in Vienna is proud to be green

    Why the British Embassy in Vienna is proud to be green0

    Skip to content Leigh Turner
    Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
    17th September 2020 Vienna, Austria
    Why the British Embassy in Vienna is proud to be greenDiplomats from the British Embassy are off to an important meeting in Vienna. The Ringstrasse, as so often, is gridlocked. No problem for our diplomats, who hop on an embassy bike and arrive not only on time, but in style.
    Our British Embassy Vienna bikesOur embassy bikes mean that British diplomats in Vienna make many journeys by bike which would once have been by car. Result: zero emissions (apart, perhaps, from some panting). The bikes are just one of the measures we have taken to make the three British diplomatic missions in Austria greener. Our Embassy ‘green team’ are constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Measures we have taken so far include:
    Banning single use plastics. This is harder than it sounds. The first..

  • What Gen Z Brings to the Public Diplomacy Table

    What Gen Z Brings to the Public Diplomacy Table0

    What Gen Z Brings to the Public Diplomacy Table

    Sep 9, 2020

    For a generation accustomed to long periods of screen time, Generation Z (Gen Z)’s digital consumption is of particular relevance to public diplomacy.

    Consistent online engagement allows for Gen Z to connect with others globally amid a wealth of information, sharing content and building networks. A new article posted to LinkedIn by Jonathan Steffert, New Zealand Cultural Attaché in Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, identifies Gen Z’s strengths in the worldwide pivot to cyberspace reliance.

    Might Gen Z be better equipped for the challenge? Through five public-diplomacy themes, Steffert speaks to how Gen Z leverages an innate familiarity in digital spaces to organize and unite across borders:

    The Changing World of Youth Leadership
    Embrace Transnationalism
    Cultural Equity and Inclusion
    You'll Need a New Mindset
    Offer and Build Community

    Roughly born after 1996 and becoming the most diverse generation in history, ..

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