• 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..

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  • ‘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

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  • 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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