• Diplomatic immunity: Its nature, effects and implications

    Diplomatic immunity: Its nature, effects and implications0

    Section 15(1) of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act 37 of 2001 (the Act) creates an offence if anyone obtains or executes any legal process against diplomats.

  • How we organise monthly mental wellbeing Q&As for GDS staff

    How we organise monthly mental wellbeing Q&As for GDS staff0

    The mental health network at GDS exists to ensure our colleagues have the mental health support and information they need.

    We do this in a variety of different ways. For example, we send out a regular newsletter, we have a dedicated Slack channel for discussing mental health-related topics, we provide mental health first aid, and host speakers and events.

    We also hold regular anonymous peer-led mental wellbeing Q&As. In this post, I will explain how we organise them and share some tips on how to ensure they’re a success.

    What we do to set up our Q&As
    The Q&As take place on the morning of the last Friday of each month. We hold them on the online platform Slack, which everyone at GDS can access.

    First, we field questions using a Google form, which staff can complete anonymously.

    Staff can also use the form to submit answers anonymously. Our most recent Q&A had 10 anonymous questions and around 50 replies from around 20 members of staff.

    It takes one person about 3 hours in total ..

  • Diplomatic-Consular Suits in the 19th and 20th Century

    Diplomatic-Consular Suits in the 19th and 20th Century0

    In Serbia in the XIX century the attendants employed in the diplomatic service at home, that is, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the diplomatic agents during their mission abroad, were obliged to wear official suits.

  • How Diplomats Can Combat Digital Propaganda

    How Diplomats Can Combat Digital Propaganda0

    James Pamment has written that for most of the 20th century the term public diplomacy was associated with the term propaganda. According to the Oxford Dictionary propaganda relates to information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view. During the 21st century, the field of public diplomacy faced a conceptual shift known as the “new” public diplomacy. This shift saw the goals of public diplomacy change from influence and opinion formation to creating long lasting relationships with foreign populations. These relationships, built on dialogue and two way interactions, could be used to create a receptive environment for a country’s foreign policy.

    Digitalization promised to facilitate the transition towards the “new” public diplomacy and away from propaganda as digital platforms could be used to converse and create relationships with foreign publics. Social media were especially seen as beneficial to the “new” public diplomacy as t..

  • ‘Cultural diplomacy’ in action in Turkey

    ‘Cultural diplomacy’ in action in Turkey0

    Turkish culture, heritage, arts and music were in glorious display at a recent gathering for members of the Global Public Diplomacy Network

  • Mexico, Cuba, and Trump’s Increasing Preference for Punishment Over Diplomacy

    Mexico, Cuba, and Trump’s Increasing Preference for Punishment Over Diplomacy0

    In his approach to the carrot-versus-stick equation that is central to statecraft, Donald Trump always opts for the stick. Apparently unaware of, or unconcerned with, the advantages offered by the canny use of public diplomacy, coercive tactics have become a main feature of his Presidency. On the international stage, Trump has used rhetorical bluster, unleashed financial sanctions, and

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