Yuri Materiy, the ambassador of the Russian Federation [to Great Britain], sundaytimes.lk
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On the 10th of February each year, the Russian diplomatic service celebrates its professional holiday — Russian Diplomats’ Day — which was established by a Presidential Decree in 2002. …
The FIFA World Cup was a highlight last year – a real triumph of public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. Millions of foreign guests visited Russia. …
The Sunday Times Sri Lanka; see also (1) (2)
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So this is what we have come to. Our budding (and some budded) diplomats will, over the coming years, be let loose in the capitals of the world to tell whoever is willing to listen that Sri Lanka is a country like no other. (see 1)
In some ways it is truly a country like no other. The way some of our politicians conduct affairs and still others have their hands dipped in even more dubious deals leave more than a lasting stench in the civic nostril.
When one heard the other day about advice proffered by Minister Tilak Marapana to our diplomats in the making, it seemed that something was decidedly wrong. It seemed as though Minister Marapana had switched portfolios and had taken to promoting age-old products such as spices and tea — with or without sympathy — without even a word to us faithful followers of the political gymnastics that our leaders and the lesser political breeds engage in providing the world-weary..
In 1986 a new press attaché was appointed to the Israeli Embassy in London. His first task was to establish close working relationships with the editors of Fleet Street, the home all major British newspapers at the time. One of the attaché’s most important meeting was with the journalist writing the editorials for the Times of London. Yet two hours before the fateful meeting the journalist called to cancel explaining “Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was just assassinated I need to learn all I can bout Swedish politics in the next five hours”. The attaché, who had just finished a four year posting in Stockholm, saw an opportunity. He told the journalist “let’s meet and I will tell all you need to know about Palme and Sweden. We can leave Israel for another time”. The next morning the Times’ editorial offered an in-depth analysis of Palme’s influence of Swedish foreign policy and the likely effect of his assassination on the country. The attaché, on his part, received another call from..READ MORE
Firas Elias, Translated by Shaimaa Shedeed, newiraqcenter.com
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Iran represented one of the grand regional forces in the Middle East that has variable group of soft power elements. This is in addition to Iran’s advantages in itself which it has been seeking for investing optimally in order to promote its policy regionally and internationally. The Islamic ideology and the Shiite doctrine beside the ancient Persian civilization can be seen as success factors in the Iranian public diplomacy. [JB emphasis] In addition, Iran’s foreign policy discourse addressing the dictatorial regimes and the world arrogance powers and its support for the Palestinian issue and hostility towards Israel stood as pillars for the Iranian foreign policy in its soft invasion in the neighboring countries and the region. Meanwhile, such pillars represented pull factors for many political and military groups adopting the same concepts ad terms.
On the other side, ..
For centuries, the skills of British diplomats have been the envy of the world, with discussions about their strategies and tactics taking place behind closed doors. But now the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will for the first time publish its training course online so that any member of the public can learn the artREAD MORE
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