Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova showed off one of her many talents at the at the ASEAN-Russia summit in Sochi, dancing to the song “Kalinka.”READ MORE
Music Diplomacy in Times of Conflict
Aug 7, 2019
Resonance is a music diplomacy podcast hosted by USC Master of Public Diplomacy (MPD) alumnus and CPD Multimedia Producer Jose Castillo.
The educational series seeks to explore the cultural significance of musical exchange across the globe and to build a case for music in the halls of governmental and non-governmental public diplomacy.
Below is the latest episode of Resonance, this time featuring a conversation with founding director of USC's MPD program, Professor and CPD Faculty Fellow Nicholas J. Cull.
Cull, public diplomacy's lead historian, discusses the role that music has played during times of international conflict, including case studies such as jazz diplomacy during the Cold War and the musical propaganda of Nazi Germany.
The first Resonance episode can be found on Soundcloud here and streaming on most podcast platforms.
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Media Freedom and PD
Jul 30, 2019
Freedom of the media around the world has faced a “downward spiral,” writes this year's “Freedom and the Media” report by watchdog organization Freedom House. From Hungary to Austria to Israel to the United States, government leaders have attempted to manipulate the media environment and vilify journalists—elements of this new, “illiberal toolbox” are symptoms, the report says, of a worldwide decline in democracy.
What does this deteriorating media environment mean for public diplomacy practice?
“Social media are still worth saving,” writes Freedom House Technology and Democracy Research Director Adrian Shahbaz. While the spread of disinformation has created challenges, there is still space for policymakers, technology companies and civil society to come together and bolster the internet as a positive platform for media engagement.
“At a time when the harmful aspects of these platforms are being exposed and debated around the world, the..READ MORE
Social media platforms often create a gray area in public diplomacy. Are Twitter “likes” indicative of meaningful relationships? In a new study published by USC Annenberg's International Journal of Communication, 2017-2019 CPD Research Fellow Diana Ingenhoff of the University of Fribourg and Efe Sevin of Reinhardt University assert that they are not.
Warning against over-valuing “likes,” Ingenhoff and Sevin introduce solutions for the many difficulties in measuring the effectiveness of social media-driven public diplomacy campaigns to improve a country's nation brand. By examining Twitter activity from the governments of Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Belgium, their model considers both content (ideas expressed in posts) and digital networks (the links between users built through retweets, mentions, etc.). Notably, four dimensions are defined for measuring social media's impact on country reputation: fu..READ MORE
The international community keeps silent about the Serbs becoming smaller in number, more disenfranchised and attacked in Croatia as it did 24 years ago, when more than 250,000 Serbs were expelled during Croatia’s military-police operation Storm, while more than 1,800 are reported killed or missing, according to the Veritas Documentation and Information Centre. The VeritasREAD MORE
Baptisée Tempête («Oluja», en serbo-croate), la fulgurante attaque des troupes croates fut un triomphe le 04.08.1995. En moins de 100 heures, l’arc formé, du sud au nord, par la Lika, la Dalmatie septentrionale, la région de Kordun et la Banovine (une dizaine de milliers de km²), était conquis, nettoyé, moyennant des pertes raisonnables: 200 soldatsREAD MORE