• NATO’s Intervention Changed Western-Russian Relations Forever

    NATO’s Intervention Changed Western-Russian Relations Forever0

    The air war launched 20 year ago against Yugoslavia, in defiance of Kremlin wishes, marked a turning point in Russia’s ties to the West – and the birth of a more confrontational relationship. This article is also available in: Македонски Bos/Hrv/Srp Sitting in my office, on March 24, 1999, I could not believe my eyes

  • 20 år efter NATO:s bombningar

    20 år efter NATO:s bombningar0

    den 24 mars 2019, kl. 12.00, ABF Stockholm, Sveavägen 41, Sandlersalen Välkomna till föredrag som ger oss en närmare bild av händelserna på Balkan 1999, samt dess långsiktiga hälso- och miljöförstörelser NATO bombningen аv Förenta Republiken Jugoslavien (Serbien och Montenegro) började den 24 mars 1999 kl. 19.45. Bombningarna pågick i 78 dagar, till den 10

  • Blast from the Past: Public Diplomacy:  “Out” for the U.S., “In” Overseas?

    Blast from the Past: Public Diplomacy: “Out” for the U.S., “In” Overseas?0

    By John Brown, Huffington Post, May 25, 2011
    [JB 3/9/2019: Today, the State Department does not have an Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (as it did in the past) — not even an “acting one.”]
    Public diplomacy — defined by the State Department as “engaging, informing, and influencing key international audiences” — has become increasingly passé among American officials, scholars, and NGOs as a term and activity used to define how America should communicate with the outside world. Meanwhile, the governments of other countries — notably China and India — are enthusiastically embracing public diplomacy as a new and essential part of their foreign policy. Who’s the winner in such a situation — the USA or the rest of the world? Hard to say.I. Public Diplomacy: Passé for the U.S.?Public diplomacy was coined by Dean Edmund Gullion and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in the mid-1960’s. He and his colleagues wanted to find a way to characterize the many informational,..

  • New era of Science Diplomacy, especially Nuclear Diplomacy

    New era of Science Diplomacy, especially Nuclear Diplomacy0

    Vasiliki Michopoulou, EuroScientist
    uncaptioned image [of Rentetzi?] from article
    What nuclear science has to do with diplomacy? In November 2018 twenty historians of science and technology joined for the first time a workshop in Japan in order to answer the question. As modern foreign policy and international relations encompass more and more scientific issues, we are moving towards a new type of diplomacy, known as Science Diplomacy and in our case Nuclear Diplomacy. Will this new diplomacy of the 21st century prove to be more effective than past diplomacy for the big issues facing the world, such as nuclear power and weapons?The workshop in Japan was an initiative of Greek Professor Maria Rentetzi, Director of the Laboratory for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law of the National Technical University of Athens. Together with her Japanese colleague Kenji Ito, Associate Professor at SOKENDAI University, they are the..

  • The myth of China as a ‘sharp power’

    The myth of China as a ‘sharp power’0

    Yuan Sha, news.cgtn.com
    Editor's note: Dr. Yuan Sha is an assistant research fellow at the Department for American Studies at the China Institute of International Studies. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.The “Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting “Constructive Vigilance” report jointly released by the Hoover Institution and Asia Society is part of a broader narrative of China as “sharp power,” which helped usher in a new wave of the“China threat.”A new wave of the 'China threat'The recurring theme of the“China threat” is rearing its ugly head again. What differentiates this new wave from the previous ones is that it focuses more on the so-called “sharp power.”
    Sharp power, a term coined by the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, has gained popularity in U.S. politics and academics. Different from “hard power” which coerces by military or economic strength and” soft power” which influences by appeal and ..

  • Socialized soft power: recasting analytical path and public diplomacy

    Socialized soft power: recasting analytical path and public diplomacy0

    image (not from article) from
    Journal of International Relations and Development pp 1–28| Cite as
    Authors and affiliations
    [JB: note mention in the Yooil Bae “affiliations” link of “Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, Fulbright University, Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam]
    Yooil Bae,Yong Wook Lee Email author
    Original Article
    First Online: 12 February 2019
    Soft power debate has not analytically moved beyond the questions of whether soft power matters and of whether soft power can work independent of hard power since Nye’s initial formulation. Furthermore, the question of how a state selects the source(s) of its soft power remains silent in the literature. This neglect leads to the underspecification of the nature and content of a given state’s soft power policy. In this article, we fill in these gaps by recasting the conventional understanding of soft power conceptually and analytically. Conceptually, we make the case that soft power should be u..

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