• Mitelpunkt on Walker, ‘The Rise and Decline of the American Century’

    Mitelpunkt on Walker, ‘The Rise and Decline of the American Century’0

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    Author: William O. Walker Reviewer: Shaul Mitelpunkt
    William O. Walker. The Rise and Decline of the American Century. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018. 306 pp. $46.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-5017-2613-2.
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    Reviewed by Shaul Mitelpunkt (University of York) Published on H-Diplo (May, 2019) Commissioned by Seth Offenbach (Bronx Community College, The City University of New York)
    Printable Version: http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=53525
    In February 1941 media mogul and publicist Henry R. Luce published an essay on the pages of his own Life Magazine, titled “The American Century.” Starting the piece with the assertion that “We Americans are unhappy,” Luce’s long (nearly 5,500 words) essay sought to bring his compatriots to embrace full American participation in World War II in order to realize the “opportunity of leadership” in world affairs once the war was won.[1] Luce encouraged Americans to “exert upon the world the full impact ..

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  • EU Delegation to Egypt Funded Traineeship 2019 for young Egyptian Graduates

    EU Delegation to Egypt Funded Traineeship 2019 for young Egyptian Graduates0

    OFA, opportunitiesforafricans.com, May 18, 2019
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    Application Deadline: 1 June 2019Are you a young graduate interested in international relations? Are you curious to learn more about work of a diplomatic mission and how the EU Delegation represents EU interests and values in Egypt?A traineeship of up to 6 months within the Press and Information (PI) Team (of the Political Section) of the EU Delegation to Egypt, starting mid-July 2019.FUNDED TRAINEESHIP FOR YOUNG GRADUATES AT THE EU DELEGATION TO EGYPT – PRESS AND INFORMATION TRAINEESHIPMain tasks:Assisting in preparation of press and information and public diplomacy [JB emphasis] events.Updating the Delegation’s website and social media platforms.Assisting in writing press statements, in addition to press reports on specific issues related to how the EU and the activities of its Delegation are portrayed in the mediaQualifications or special requirements:Strong background in political science and/or internatio..

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  • Robin Gordon-Farleigh, the founding partner of UAE-based PR firm Manara Global, says as Dubai prepares to open its doors to the world for Expo 2020, it gives the oil-rich country the opportunity to exert its soft power currency

    Robin Gordon-Farleigh, the founding partner of UAE-based PR firm Manara Global, says as Dubai prepares to open its doors to the world for Expo 2020, it gives the oil-rich country the opportunity to exert its soft power currency0

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    Robin Gordon-Farleigh, the founding partner of UAE-based PR firm Manara Global, says as Dubai prepares to open its doors to the world for Expo 2020, it gives the oil-rich country the opportunity to exert its soft power currency
    Robin Gordon-Farleigh, founding partner of UAE-based PR firm Manara GlobalExpo 2020 Dubai will open its doors to the world in October next year, hosting an expected 25 million global visitors for 173 days. This provides a golden opportunity for both Dubai and the wider UAE to flex its ‘soft power’.Soft power is the term first coined by professor Joseph Nye of Harvard University in a 1990 book, Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power. In this, he wrote: “when one country gets other countries to want what it wants, it might be called co-optive or soft power in contrast with the hard or command power of ordering others to do what it wants.”Over this six month Expo period, it will as its overall str..

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  • Kan’s Eurovision Satire Ruffles Feathers

    Kan’s Eurovision Satire Ruffles Feathers0

    Edgy musical clip gains praise and criticism across social media.
    Amy Spiro, jpost.com, May 12, 2019
    Elia Greenfield in the KAN promotional video.. (photo credit: KAN)
    A satirical musical video clip produced by KAN to welcome tourists to Israel for the Eurovision garnered both criticism and praise on Friday.
    The video, published on social media, features two KAN personalities – Eurovision co-host Lucy Ayoub and Elia Grinfeld. The pair sing and dance around Israel, sort of singing its praises: “This is the land of honey, honey/ We are the land of milk/ The land is always sunny, sonny/ We are as smooth as silk.”
    The video poked fun at some Israeli public diplomacy [JB emphasis] efforts, calling their own clip a “quick in-doctrination,” and calling on tourists to visit Jerusalem, the shuk, and – after a dramatic pause – Yad Vashem.
    A couple of lines in the video in particular drew the sharpest reaction on social media: one claiming that people have heard “it’s a land of war and occupati..

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  • Richard Holbrooke and Public Diplomacy

    Richard Holbrooke and Public Diplomacy0

    I was the Public Affairs Officer at American Embassy Belgrade, 1975-1978, and spent much time in the presence of Holbrooke, especially when he was talking to the media. Some of my observations re him:
    (1) “Richard Holbrooke: Able and Insufferable,” HuffPost (06/12/2009; updated May 25, 2011) [article has one reference to PD]
    (2) “Richard Holbrooke’s Public Diplomacy: The Case of the US Cultural Center in Belgrade,” HuffPost (12/22/2010; updated May 25, 2011) [entry has two reference to PD, and a note by PD's legendary Walter Roberts]
    (3) “Strategic Communications and the Graveyard of Empires,” HuffPost (09/29/2009; updated May 25, 2011) [article has two references to PD, including an important quote by Holbrooke re PD]
    (4) “Strategic Communications: The Debate Continues,” HuffPost (11/28/2009; updated May 25, 2011)]
    BTW, a favorite joke..

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  • Christchurch Mosque Shootings: Public Diplomacy on Display?

    Christchurch Mosque Shootings: Public Diplomacy on Display?0

    Muhsin Puthan Purayil, hegeopolitics.com, March 20, 2019
    Ardern image from article: Stuartyeates [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    The recent tragic attacks on mosques in New Zealand sent shock waves across the world. While international community expressed their condolences and support to the Muslims in the country through various means including raising money through online campaigns, what impressively stood out in the media was the image of the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. PM Ardern wearing Muslim attire was seen visiting and hugging the victims’ family members and survivors in showing empathy and humanity while expressing solidarity and support. As the response from the prime minister received worldwide praise for the humanitarian gesture and garnered tremendous appreciation for her remarkable leadership and nobility, it was indeed beyond that.From a realistic and diplomatic point of view, such show of humanitarian virtues also meant two things – management of ter..

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