Ray Salvatore Jennings, carnegieendowment.org, February 14; original article contains links
[T]he United States should increase its current military engagement with Armenian counterparts on disaster preparedness, improved interoperability with NATO forces, and defense reforms. Such moves will deepen ties with the West over time. Renewed public diplomacy [JB emphasis] initiatives advancing English language training, U.S. values, and U.S. culture will both strengthen economic and cultural ties and help Armenians resist disinformation. Nuanced approaches like these, and the economic measures suggested below, will help Washington avoid openly provoking Moscow while enabling Yerevan to substantiate its multipolar orientation. …
The global struggle for democracy is as difficult as it has been in decades. Democratic breakthroughs, however rare in recent years, are a reminder that well-organized and inspired citizens can reclaim control of their government and ..
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This is a guest post from Eric Van Rythoven. Eric Van Rythoven recently finished his PhD at Carleton University studying emotion, world politics, and security. His work is published in Security Dialogue and European Journal of International Relations.The Trudeau government is in crisis. Yesterday morning Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s former Attorney General recently demoted to Minister of Veterans Affairs, resigned from cabinet. The resignation comes on the heels of a Globe and Mail report that someone in the Prime Minister’s Office allegedly attempted to influence Wilson-Raybould in her decision to prosecute SNC Lavalin.
A politically connected and influential engineering firm based in Quebec, SNC Lavalin is currently mired in charges of fraud and bribery in relation to its work in Libya. As recently as Monday night Trudeau expressed “full confidence” in Wilson-Raybould, saying that her continuing presence in cabinet “should speak for itself”.By ..
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Eritrean Public Diplomacy team in Addis Ababa. Concerts planned in four cities for Eritrean musicians ; the last one which is on February 21 will be in Addis Ababa.
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As Ethiopia and Eritrea are deepening relations, Eritrean public and cultural diplomacy [JB emphasis] team has arrived in Addis Ababa earlier today, disclosed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.The team which is composed of 55 Eritreans from different cultural, professional and other backgrounds is pursuing motives of strengthening historical as well as people-to-people relations between the two countries.In its sojourn in Ethiopia, the team will take part in a range of events and concerts in different parts of Ethiopia. Addis Ababa, Hawassa and Bahir Dar are among cities where the public diplomacy team will attend events and musical concerts.During arrival at Bole International Airport, the team was welcomed by Ambassador Redwan Hussien (Ethiopian Ambassad..
FEBRUARY 13, 2019By:
Mietek Boduszynski In:
Middle East & North Africa
National Security & Defense
Foreign Policy & Diplomacy The securitization of U.S. diplomatic missions around the world remains a significant, even growing, challenge. Indeed, it is part of a larger phenomenon, one that preceded the Trump administration: the undermining of State Department influence and the militarization of U.S. diplomacy in the post-Cold War era, poignantly documented in the journalist Ronan Farrow’s recent book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence.These are realities that will outlast the Trump administration, and thus need to remain part of the discussion if America and Americans truly believe that diplomacy and public diplomacy [JB emphasis] should remain a central part of the national security toolkit.After 9/11, the securitization of U.S. diplomatic missions went far beyond moving embassies outside city centers and reinforcing them aga..
uscpublicdiplomacy.org, Feb 12, 2019
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Digital technologies are not simply influencing the existing practice of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] —the field itself has been fundamentally reshaped.Oxford researcher Ilan Manor has authored a new book, The Digitzation of Public Diplomacy, out now as part of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy co-edited by CPD Faculty Fellows Kathy Fitzpatrick and Philip Seib.Manor's book uses case studies to frame digitalization as a long-term process in which the values, norms, goal and aims of the field are re-thought within the context of a transformed digital society, comprising institutions, practitioners and audiences.”When examining how digital technologies influence the practice of public diplomacy, scholars often explore how technology facilitates or disrupts diplomatic activities,” writes Manor. “This book offers a different departure point by arguing that one cannot understand the influence of d..