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  • Windows on History

    Skip to content Sian MacLeod UK Ambassador to Serbia Part of UK in Serbia 25th September 2020 Belgrade, Serbia Windows on History The British and the Second World War in YugoslaviaThe Second World War finally came to an end just over 75 years ago. The memory of that war becomes more distant with each passing generation. This was the lived experience of my parents’ generation, experience and memories that our parents – or perhaps for some of you your grandparents – recounted to us as children, but which we can only now pass on second or third hand to our own children. Some of the most remarkable wartime memories and stories told by the British wartime generation concern the cooperation and events which happened in what was then Yugoslavia. They are memories and stories of a remarkable history of struggle, bravery, resilience, ingenuity and sacrifice by our forebears to overcome a common adversary. The Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, here in Belgrade, is a constant reminder of the sac..

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  • Robin Barnett’s Final Blog as British Ambassador to Ireland

    Skip to content Robin Barnett Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin 22nd September 2020 Dublin, Ireland Robin Barnett’s Final Blog as British Ambassador to IrelandThis is my last blog as Ambassador to Ireland. There are so many topics that I could cover but I wanted to focus on just 3 that are personal to me: GAA Before coming to Ireland, I had not appreciated the significance of the GAA but I quickly got an introduction to football at the 2016 Dublin v Mayo game. This was to be the start of my education and over my four years here, I have come to love the passion of the sports that make up the GAA and to understand the history around it. During my time, we have been fortunate to have several Royal visitors and it has been fantastic to see them being introduced to the GAA and even trying their hand at hurling and football. One of the last events before lockdown was the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Galway, where they thoroughly enjoyed their time being coached by their junior..

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    Israel and its Image After the 1967 War

    Even as Israel preserves the geo-strategic strengths of its gains from the Six Day War, the Arabs are disempowered in this Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinians are dis-enfranchised, like never before

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    The Online Diplomat

    Skip to content Sian MacLeod UK Ambassador to Serbia Part of Digital Diplomacy FCDO Outreach UK in Serbia 21st September 2020 Belgrade, Serbia The Online Diplomat The Online DiplomatI was recently asked to open a conference on communications. Because of the public health situation the conference was held virtually, that is to say, online. It’s a dangerous thing to be an amateur opening a conference of professionals. To do so using their own medium was, to use typically British irony, ‘courageous’. I realised that I was probably in more need of advice from the experts than they were from me. But as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Diplomacy, broadly speaking is about policy, people and places. A diplomat’s life and work is about presenting policy, meeting people and visiting places. That’s tricky just now. I wouldn’t go as far as a well-known commentator for Carnegie Europe who said that coronavirus had “brought diplomatic activity to a standstill”. But there is a qui..

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    18 Sep The week in foreign policy

    The foreign policy headlines have been dominated this week by news that, with the support of America, the UAE and Bahrain have signed agreements fully normalising their relationships with Israel. Whilst the move has been celebrated by some as a historic and extraordinary triumph, The New York Times’ Editorial Board have argued that, whilst this is “on the face of it, a good and beneficial development”, “the agreements…made only a perfunctory nod to what ‘Middle East peace’ has long referred to: peace between Palestinians and Israelis.” They argue that: “A true Middle East peace deal will require an accommodation with the 4.75 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, a people who have been..

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    Why the British Embassy in Vienna is proud to be green

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna 17th September 2020 Vienna, Austria Why the British Embassy in Vienna is proud to be greenDiplomats from the British Embassy are off to an important meeting in Vienna. The Ringstrasse, as so often, is gridlocked. No problem for our diplomats, who hop on an embassy bike and arrive not only on time, but in style. Our British Embassy Vienna bikesOur embassy bikes mean that British diplomats in Vienna make many journeys by bike which would once have been by car. Result: zero emissions (apart, perhaps, from some panting). The bikes are just one of the measures we have taken to make the three British diplomatic missions in Austria greener. Our Embassy ‘green team’ are constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Measures we have taken so far include: Banning single use plastics. This is harder than it sounds. The first..

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    What Gen Z Brings to the Public Diplomacy Table

    What Gen Z Brings to the Public Diplomacy Table Sep 9, 2020 For a generation accustomed to long periods of screen time, Generation Z (Gen Z)’s digital consumption is of particular relevance to public diplomacy. Consistent online engagement allows for Gen Z to connect with others globally amid a wealth of information, sharing content and building networks. A new article posted to LinkedIn by Jonathan Steffert, New Zealand Cultural Attaché in Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, identifies Gen Z’s strengths in the worldwide pivot to cyberspace reliance. Might Gen Z be better equipped for the challenge? Through five public-diplomacy themes, Steffert speaks to how Gen Z leverages an innate familiarity in digital spaces to organize and unite across borders: The Changing World of Youth Leadership Embrace Transnationalism Cultural Equity and Inclusion You'll Need a New Mindset Offer and Build Community Roughly born after 1996 and becoming the most diverse generation in history, ..

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    How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna 7th September 2020 Vienna, Austria How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed‘You were a diplomat in Vienna in the ‘80s?’ My interlocutor scans me, perhaps wondering why I am still working, or alive. ‘It must have changed so much!’ ‘Well…’ I seek a diplomatic reply. ‘Yes and no.’ Oscar Wilde famously said “Comparisons are odious”. I often cite him when asked which of my diplomatic postings I have preferred out of Vienna, Moscow, Berlin, Kyiv and Istanbul. But Vienna has evolved since 1984-87, when I served here as second secretary press and political. With exactly one year to go before I am due to conclude my posting as ambassador in Vienna, I thought I would have a go at highlighting five things that have changed since the ‘80s, and five things that haven’t: What hasn’t changed (i) Vienna used to be so grey and dull, didn’t it? Young Vi..

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    How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna 7th September 2020 Vienna, Austria How Austria has – and hasn’t – changed‘You were a diplomat in Vienna in the ‘80s?’ My interlocutor scans me, perhaps wondering why I am still working, or alive. ‘It must have changed so much!’ ‘Well…’ I seek a diplomatic reply. ‘Yes and no.’ Oscar Wilde famously said “Comparisons are odious”. I often cite him when asked which of my diplomatic postings I have preferred out of Vienna, Moscow, Berlin, Kyiv and Istanbul. But Vienna has evolved since 1984-87, when I served here as second secretary press and political. With exactly one year to go before I am due to conclude my posting as ambassador in Vienna, I thought I would have a go at highlighting five things that have changed since the ‘80s, and five things that haven’t: What hasn’t changed (i) Vienna used to be so grey and dull, didn’t it? Young Vi..

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  • ‘He that is thy friend indeed, he will help thee in thy need.’

    Skip to content Ming Liu Head of Science and Innovation, BCG Guangzhou Part of Global Science and Innovation Network 31st August 2020 Guangzhou, China ‘He that is thy friend indeed, he will help thee in thy need.’In March, a large shipment of thousands of masks, gloves, overalls and goggles arrived in Birmingham. Stapled to the side of each of the crates was a quote, in both Chinese and English, attributed to William Shakespeare: ‘He that is thy friend indeed, he will help thee in thy need.’ (“岁寒知松柏,患难见真情.”) This consignment was one of many from Chinese universities to their partner institutions in the UK. In this case, the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University sent this shipment to their long standing partner, the University of Birmingham. Minister Sharma spoke at the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University in 2017 The importance of partnerships comes the fore in times of crisis. As the scale of the COVID-19 crisis in the UK became apparent in March, we start..

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    ‘He that is thy friend indeed, he will help thee in thy need.’

    Skip to content Ming Liu Head of Science and Innovation Part of Global Science and Innovation Network 31st August 2020 Guangzhou, China ‘He that is thy friend indeed, he will help thee in thy need.’In March, a large shipment of thousands of masks, gloves, overalls and goggles arrived in Birmingham. Stapled to the side of each of the crates was a quote, in both Chinese and English, attributed to William Shakespeare: ‘He that is thy friend indeed, he will help thee in thy need.’ (“岁寒知松柏,患难见真情.”) This consignment was one of many from Chinese universities to their partner institutions in the UK. In this case, the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University sent this shipment to their long standing partner, the University of Birmingham. Minister Sharma spoke at the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University in 2017 The importance of partnerships comes the fore in times of crisis. As the scale of the COVID-19 crisis in the UK became apparent in March, we started to receive g..

  • The Search Continues

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of UK in Bosnia and Herzegovina 30th August 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina The Search Continues International Day of the Disappeared is not an abstract commemoration of a far off event. Many around us are living with a terrible curse, not only of losing a loved one, but of not being able to put them and their memory to rest. In my time in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), I’ve met many families who are in this position and heard their stories of ongoing pain and loss. In BiH and neighbouring countries, 11,000 people still remain to be found, and identified. The UK, for its part, continues to support this work, and hold governments to their commitments to do so too. But the search for the missing has also represented a remarkable success. Thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of families of those who disappeared, approximately 70% of the 40,000 who disappeared during the 1990s conflicts have been ide..

  • How a British company keeps Austrian train passengers online

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna 28th August 2020 Vienna, Austria How a British company keeps Austrian train passengers online © ÖBB/Philipp HorakA train swoops at high speed through the Austrian Alps. Despite the stunning scenery, the passengers are – this being the twenty-first century – more interested in what’s happening on their screens as they work, browse the internet and use social media… also at high speed, thanks to a British company. © ÖBB/Philipp HorakNomad Digital is the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions and trackside networks. Founded in 2002 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they are dedicated to delivering connectivity on trains, offering benefits to operators and passengers. In Austria, they are responsible for the onboard WiFi service of the ÖBB (National Federal Railway). © ÖBB/Harald EisenbergerNomad won the contract i..

  • How a British company keeps Austrian train passenger online

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna 28th August 2020 Vienna, Austria How a British company keeps Austrian train passenger online © ÖBB/Philipp HorakA train swoops at high speed through the Austrian Alps. Despite the stunning scenery, the passengers are – this being the twenty-first century – more interested in what’s happening on their screens as they work, browse the internet and use social media… also at high speed, thanks to a British company. © ÖBB/Philipp HorakNomad Digital is the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions and trackside networks. Founded in 2002 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they are dedicated to delivering connectivity on trains, offering benefits to operators and passengers. In Austria, they are responsible for the onboard WiFi service of the ÖBB (National Federal Railway). © ÖBB/Harald EisenbergerNomad won the contract in..

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    How a British company keeps Austrian train passenger online

    A train swoops at high speed through the Austrian Alps. Despite the stunning scenery, the passengers are – this being the twenty-first century – more interested in what’s happening on their screens as they work, browse the internet and use social media… also at high speed, thanks to a British company. © ÖBB/Philipp HorakNomad Digital is the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions and trackside networks. Founded in 2002 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, they are dedicated to delivering connectivity on trains, offering benefits to operators and passengers. In Austria, they are responsible for the onboard WiFi service of the ÖBB (National Federal Railway). © ÖBB/Harald EisenbergerNomad won the contract in..

  • Disarmament blog: a new initiative on outer space security

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Part of Conference on Disarmament 27th August 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: a new initiative on outer space security When we think about security in outer space, it’s tempting to fall back on tropes from science fiction or the movies – dramatic battles between space-suited soldiers in Moonraker, or powerful weapons threatening planets in Star Wars. In reality, there are threats to security and stability on Earth involving outer space, but they don’t include Death Stars. The vast potential of space has been widely recognised since the dawn of the space age. Already in 1959 the UN set up a Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), in Vienna, which agreed a series of important conventions in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and last year adopted 21 guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. The potential military uses of space feat..

  • Disarmament blog: a new initiative on outer space security

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Part of Conference on Disarmament 27th August 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: a new initiative on outer space security When we think about security in outer space, it’s tempting to fall back on tropes from science fiction or the movies – dramatic battles between space-suited soldiers in Moonraker, or powerful weapons threatening planets in Star Wars. In reality, there are threats to security and stability on Earth involving outer space, but they don’t include Death Stars. The vast potential of space has been widely recognised since the dawn of the space age. Already in 1959 the UN set up a Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), in Vienna, which agreed a series of important conventions in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and last year adopted 21 guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. The potential military uses of space feat..

  • Disarmament blog: a new initiative on outer space security

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Part of Conference on Disarmament 27th August 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: a new initiative on outer space security When we think about security in outer space, it’s tempting to fall back on tropes from science fiction or the movies – dramatic battles between space-suited soldiers in Moonraker, or powerful weapons threatening planets in Star Wars. In reality, there are threats to security and stability on Earth involving outer space, but they don’t include Death Stars. The vast potential of space has been widely recognised since the dawn of the space age. Already in 1959 the UN set up a Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), in Vienna, which agreed a series of important conventions in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and last year adopted 21 guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. The potential military uses of space feat..

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    Instagram Basics for Politics and Government

    Facebook has issued a comprehensive guide on best practices for using Instagram to promote shared experiences and strengthen relationships. The guide positions images as a "new form of language" and explains how Instagram can help elected officials, political candidates and governments use this language to connect digitally with audiences. With 500 million people using Instagram each day, the guide demonstrates how compelling content is key to carrying messages to all corners of the globe. It emphasizes that by utilizing the platform's range of tools, including audiovisual material, engaging hashtags, stories, live video and more, users can tell a story that resonates with others on a personal level. Prominent global leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, the guide notes, are successfully using Instagram to forge meaningful connections. "Elected officials, governments,..

  • Scientists from the first UK lab to work on live COVID-19: ‘We knew this virus was going to be different’

    Skip to content Professor Carole Mundell Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser Part of Coronavirus (COVID-19) 24th August 2020 London, United Kingdom Scientists from the first UK lab to work on live COVID-19: ‘We knew this virus was going to be different’ Over the past few months, my work has been dominated by the UK’s response to COVID-19, and how we can tackle this pandemic together internationally. I and my colleagues have been in touch with UK universities up and down the country, who are working tirelessly on researching COVID-19. We’ve heard from Andrew Davidson and David Matthews, who are founder members of the Bristol University COVID-19 Emergency Research (UNCOVER) Group. With a combined 20-years’ experience on coronaviruses, we were keen to hear more about their discoveries and understand why they believe international collaboration is key to overcoming the pandemic.Tell us about your first few months working on coronavirus and the ground-breaking discover..

  • Scientists from the first UK lab to work on live COVID-19: ‘We knew this virus was going to be different’

    Skip to content Professor Carole Mundell Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chief Scientific Adviser Part of Coronavirus (COVID-19) 24th August 2020 London, United Kingdom Scientists from the first UK lab to work on live COVID-19: ‘We knew this virus was going to be different’ Over the past few months, my work has been dominated by the UK’s response to COVID-19, and how we can tackle this pandemic together internationally. I and my colleagues have been in touch with UK universities up and down the country, who are working tirelessly on researching COVID-19. We’ve heard from Andrew Davidson and David Matthews, who are founder members of the Bristol University COVID-19 Emergency Research (UNCOVER) Group. With a combined 20-years’ experience on coronaviruses, we were keen to hear more about their discoveries and understand why they believe international collaboration is key to overcoming the pandemic.Tell us about your first few months working on coronavirus and the ground-breaking discover..

  • Scientists from the first UK lab to work on live COVID-19: ‘We knew this virus was going to be different’

    Skip to content Professor Carole Mundell Chief Scientific Adviser Part of Coronavirus (COVID-19) 24th August 2020 London, United Kingdom Scientists from the first UK lab to work on live COVID-19: ‘We knew this virus was going to be different’ Over the past few months, my work has been dominated by the UK’s response to COVID-19, and how we can tackle this pandemic together internationally. I and my colleagues have been in touch with UK universities up and down the country, who are working tirelessly on researching COVID-19. We’ve heard from Andrew Davidson and David Matthews, who are founder members of the Bristol University COVID-19 Emergency Research (UNCOVER) Group. With a combined 20-years’ experience on coronaviruses, we were keen to hear more about their discoveries and understand why they believe international collaboration is key to overcoming the pandemic.Tell us about your first few months working on coronavirus and the ground-breaking discoveries at the University of Bristol..

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  • PRIDE (In the Name of Love)

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of UK in Bosnia and Herzegovina 21st August 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina PRIDE (In the Name of Love) Last September, I counted myself lucky to join hundreds of others in the first ever PRIDE march in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite security concerns beforehand, it was a happy and joyful event, a celebration showing that this country is a home and open to all. This year there will be no physical event – a responsible decision given the COVID19 situation. But we will be with the same communities in spirit, through online events. Please follow @bh.povorkaponosa Facebook page for more details. The theme of this year’s PRIDE in BiH is ‘Nije život četiri zida’ – ‘No life within four walls’. It captures the experience of many LGBTI people that they cannot be themselves out in the world, that they are trapped. It is perhaps an experience that is easier to understand and empathise with after the last six mont..

  • PRIDE (In the Name of Love)

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of UK in Bosnia and Herzegovina 21st August 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina PRIDE (In the Name of Love) Last September, I counted myself lucky to join hundreds of others in the first ever PRIDE march in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite security concerns beforehand, it was a happy and joyful event, a celebration showing that this country is a home and open to all. This year there will be no physical event – a responsible decision given the COVID19 situation. But we will be with the same communities in spirit, through online events. Please follow @bh.povorkaponosa Facebook page for more details. The theme of this year’s PRIDE in BiH is ‘Nije život četiri zida’ – ‘No life within four walls’. It captures the experience of many LGBTI people that they cannot be themselves out in the world, that they are trapped. It is perhaps an experience that is easier to understand and empathise with after the last six mont..

  • PRIDE (In the Name of Love)

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of UK in Bosnia and Herzegovina 21st August 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina PRIDE (In the Name of Love) Last September, I counted myself lucky to join hundreds of others in the first ever PRIDE march in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite security concerns beforehand, it was a happy and joyful event, a celebration showing that this country is a home and open to all. This year there will be no physical event – a responsible decision given the COVID19 situation. But we will be with the same communities in spirit, through online events. Please follow @bh.povorkaponosa Facebook page for more details. The theme of this year’s PRIDE in BiH is ‘Nije život četiri zida’ – ‘No life within four walls’. It captures the experience of many LGBTI people that they cannot be themselves out in the world, that they are trapped. It is perhaps an experience that is easier to understand and empathise with after the last six mont..

  • The European Energy Transition

    Skip to content Mikael Allan Mikaelsson PhD, Science and Innovation Policy Advisor, Europe Head of Clean Growth & Climate Change 17th August 2020 Stockholm, Sweden The European Energy Transition Over the last year, the UK government’s international Science and Innovation Network has been collaborating with UK Research & Innovation and the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) to produce a market study to identify some of the key European countries that are seeing significant changes in their domestic energy system as a result of the energy transition and the most exciting markets for smart systems and flexibility business models. The work carried out by ESC, identified six priority countries from an assessment of 31 countries across Europe, which are either making considerable inroads or have favourable conditions for the scale-up in the use of smart and flexible energy innovation and solution, as Europe continues its journey to meet it climate commitments. The importance of this kind of work..

  • The European Energy Transition

    Skip to content Mikael Allan Mikaelsson PhD, Science and Innovation Policy Advisor, Europe Head of Clean Growth & Climate Change 17th August 2020 Stockholm, Sweden The European Energy Transition Over the last year, the UK government’s international Science and Innovation Network has been collaborating with UK Research & Innovation and the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) to produce a market study to identify some of the key European countries that are seeing significant changes in their domestic energy system as a result of the energy transition and the most exciting markets for smart systems and flexibility business models. The work carried out by ESC, identified six priority countries from an assessment of 31 countries across Europe, which are either making considerable inroads or have favourable conditions for the scale-up in the use of smart and flexible energy innovation and solution, as Europe continues its journey to meet it climate commitments. The importance of this kind of work..

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  • William Adams: the first Briton in Japan

    Skip to content Paul Madden British Ambassador to Japan 17th August 2020 Tokyo, Japan William Adams: the first Briton in Japan If you have ever seen the 1980s TV mini-series “Shogun” you will be familiar with the story of William Adams, the “first Englishman in Japan”. It’s a fascinating tale. Shipwrecked in Japan in 1600, ship’s pilot Adams quickly won the confidence of the warlord Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, advising him on many aspects of international affairs, shipbuilding and navigation. He was to stay in Japan for the next twenty years, serving the Shogun, the British East India Company and trading around the region in his own right. He was given a Japanese name Miura Anjin, the rank of samurai, and married the daughter of a Japanese official. He never returned to his first wife in Britain, but was eventually able to send her money. This year is the 400th anniversary of Adams’ death. To mark the occasion we have been planning to erect a sculpture in the gardens of the Embassy in ..

  • William Adams: the first Briton in Japan

    Skip to content Paul Madden British Ambassador to Japan 17th August 2020 Tokyo, Japan William Adams: the first Briton in Japan If you have ever seen the 1980s TV mini-series “Shogun” you will be familiar with the story of William Adams, the “first Englishman in Japan”. It’s a fascinating tale. Shipwrecked in Japan in 1600, ship’s pilot Adams quickly won the confidence of the warlord Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, advising him on many aspects of international affairs, shipbuilding and navigation. He was to stay in Japan for the next twenty years, serving the Shogun, the British East India Company and trading around the region in his own right. He was given a Japanese name Miura Anjin, the rank of samurai, and married the daughter of a Japanese official. He never returned to his first wife in Britain, but was eventually able to send her money. This year is the 400th anniversary of Adams’ death. To mark the occasion we have been planning to erect a sculpture in the gardens of the Embassy in ..

  • William Adams: the first Briton in Japan

    Skip to content Paul Madden British Ambassador to Japan 17th August 2020 Tokyo, Japan William Adams: the first Briton in Japan If you have ever seen the 1980s TV mini-series “Shogun” you will be familiar with the story of William Adams, the “first Englishman in Japan”. It’s a fascinating tale. Shipwrecked in Japan in 1600, ship’s pilot Adams quickly won the confidence of the warlord Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, advising him on many aspects of international affairs, shipbuilding and navigation. He was to stay in Japan for the next twenty years, serving the Shogun, the British East India Company and trading around the region in his own right. He was given a Japanese name Miura Anjin, the rank of samurai, and married the daughter of a Japanese official. He never returned to his first wife in Britain, but was eventually able to send her money. This year is the 400th anniversary of Adams’ death. To mark the occasion we have been planning to erect a sculpture in the gardens of the Embassy in ..

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    Switzerland's Roundtable Diplomacy Oct 24, 2018

    Switzerland's Roundtable Diplomacy Oct 24, 2018 Switzerland is a nation known for its craftsmanship and innovation. As such, the country has embarked on a campaign titled Swiss Touch, which leverages traditional images of Switzerland while reintroducing the country as a forward-thinking partner in the global community. Produced by the Embassy of Switzerland, Swiss Touch is an event series and social media campaign that is now "On the Road" in the U.S. The campaign brings together American and Swiss experts in different fields around a digital touchscreen table made of Swiss ash tree, and encourages online interaction as a neutral ground for discussions. The video below documents one such discussion which took place in the desert of Las Vegas, by the Seven Magic Mountains—a group of fluorescent colored pillars incidentally created by a Swiss artist. That discussion focused on how American and Swiss stakeholders can provide sustainable solutions for a greener future? You c..

  • Good news for students in Austria and the UK

    Skip to content Karin Baker Political Officer, British Embassy Vienna Guest blogger for Leigh Turner Part of UK in Austria 11th August 2020 Vienna, Austria Good news for students in Austria and the UK The UK education sector is one of the most popular destinations for international – EU and non-EU – students to study abroad. Worldwide, only the US attracts larger numbers. Academics like working in the UK, too: in 2017-18, 20% of staff working at UK higher education institutions were international, with almost 60% of that 20% coming from the EU. UK higher education has a well-established reputation for high quality. There are four UK providers amongst the top ten in the world, and 18 providers in the top 100. UK universities also have an outstanding reputation for world-class research. This has been showcased during this global pandemic, as many are at the forefront of global efforts to understand and combat the coronavirus. In 2017–18, there were 458,490 international students studyin..

  • Good news for students in Austria and the UK

    Skip to content Karin Baker Political Officer, British Embassy Vienna Guest blogger for Leigh Turner Part of UK in Austria 11th August 2020 Vienna, Austria Good news for students in Austria and the UK The UK education sector is one of the most popular destinations for international – EU and non-EU – students to study abroad. Worldwide, only the US attracts larger numbers. Academics like working in the UK, too: in 2017-18, 20% of staff working at UK higher education institutions were international, with almost 60% of that 20% coming from the EU. UK higher education has a well-established reputation for high quality. There are four UK providers amongst the top ten in the world, and 18 providers in the top 100. UK universities also have an outstanding reputation for world-class research. This has been showcased during this global pandemic, as many are at the forefront of global efforts to understand and combat the coronavirus. In 2017–18, there were 458,490 international students studyin..

  • Good news for students in Austria and the UK

    Skip to content Karin Baker Political Officer, British Embassy Vienna Guest blogger for Leigh Turner Part of UK in Austria 11th August 2020 Vienna, Austria Good news for students in Austria and the UK The UK education sector is one of the most popular destinations for international – EU and non-EU – students to study abroad. Worldwide, only the US attracts larger numbers. Academics like working in the UK, too: in 2017-18, 20% of staff working at UK higher education institutions were international, with almost 60% of that 20% coming from the EU. UK higher education has a well-established reputation for high quality. There are four UK providers amongst the top ten in the world, and 18 providers in the top 100. UK universities also have an outstanding reputation for world-class research. This has been showcased during this global pandemic, as many are at the forefront of global efforts to understand and combat the coronavirus. In 2017–18, there were 458,490 international students studyin..

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  • COVID-19 vaccine developed in Austria – produced in Scotland

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 5th August 2020 Vienna, Austria COVID-19 vaccine developed in Austria – produced in Scotland “When we started to develop our vaccine candidate we needed to push; now there is a massive pull from governments around the world,” says Thomas Lingelbach, CEO of Vienna-based pharmaceutical company Valneva, during my visit to his HQ at the Vienna Bio Center. Work is intense at Valneva when we visit. The Austro-French vaccine company has been selected by the UK Government to deliver up to 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Department for International Trade (DIT) team here at the embassy supported Valneva from an early stage of the process. The vaccine will be manufactured at Valneva’s site in Livingstone, Scotland. While Valneva’s staff in Vienna are working around the clock to develop a vaccine for COVID-19,..

  • COVID-19 vaccine developed in Austria – produced in Scotland

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 5th August 2020 Vienna, Austria COVID-19 vaccine developed in Austria – produced in Scotland “When we started to develop our vaccine candidate we needed to push; now there is a massive pull from governments around the world,” says Thomas Lingelbach, CEO of Vienna-based pharmaceutical company Valneva, during my visit to his HQ at the Vienna Bio Center. Work is intense at Valneva when we visit. The Austro-French vaccine company has been selected by the UK Government to deliver up to 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Department for International Trade (DIT) team here at the embassy supported Valneva from an early stage of the process. The vaccine will be manufactured at Valneva’s site in Livingstone, Scotland. While Valneva’s staff in Vienna are working around the clock to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, ..

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  • Councils Completed

    Skip to content Bob Last Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team 30th July 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Councils Completed These are such strange days. We still don’t know if this will prove to be a painful but relatively short-lived episode of global distress or if we’re in this for the much longer haul. Will we look back on this as a defining moment of international cooperation to overcome one of the greatest health challenges in human history? Or will future evolutionary palaeontologists look back on this period with fascination, as the point at which humans began to develop opposable digits on their elbows to overcome tricky door handles without using their hands? Since the Council went on hold in March, the world has become so profoundly different in so many ways that I’ve been finding any element of pre-COVID familiarity quite comforting. So having the Council go about its business over the last two months has been reassuringly exhausting. For those who haven’t been following closely..

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    Painting Her Majesty

    Skip to content Miriam Escofet 25th July 2020 Painting Her Majesty Image ©Aliona Adrianova During my first meeting with Foreign Office Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Simon McDonald in March 2019, when we discussed ideas for the portrait of The Queen that he wanted to commission, I was delighted to hear that he wanted it to feel intimate. He wanted to express Her Majesty’s humanity, rather than creating a more traditional, grand, regal representation. Her Majesty has a close and longstanding relationship with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her reign is already the longest of any monarch in British history, taking in 14 different Prime Ministers and 13 US Presidents. The Queen has received thousands of foreign Ambassadors and she has personal experience of nearly every country that the UK has bilateral relations with, having undertaken State Visits overseas to over 100 countries. The Queen has hosted 111 incoming State Visits during her reign, from 62 different countries to the UK...

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    Disarmament blog: what’s the point of the Conference on Disarmament?

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Part of Conference on Disarmament 7th July 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: what’s the point of the Conference on Disarmament? The Conference on Disarmament resumed its 2020 session on Tuesday, after a break of 122 days. (We had been supposed to meet a week earlier, but technical problems with the new remote participation platform meant the meeting was cancelled at the eleventh hour.) But did anyone miss the CD while it was silent? Should it just have stayed that way? First, the case against. While the track record of the CD and its predecessors include the three main WMD treaties, amongst others, it hasn’t launched a new negotiation since the CTBT was concluded in 1996. Every disarmament treaty since then – the prohibitions on land mines and cluster munitions, the Arms Trade Treaty, and, yes, the TPNW – has been negotiated elsewhere. Far from fulfilling its mandate as “t..

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    Blog: Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention goes virtual

    Skip to content Simon Cleobury UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament 7th July 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Blog: Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention goes virtual It was with some trepidation that I turned up at the offices of the Geneva Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) for the Opening Session of the first ever virtual intersessional meetings of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention. Would the new platform, with its interpretation into the UN official languages, actually work? Would there be endless delays whilst colleagues tried to log in? I am pleased to say that, most of the time, the passing of the floor to speakers and the interpretation all worked well, allowing for the smooth running of meetings. There were a few technical problems for some participants, but that was to be expected. The main thing is that we were able to make these meetings happen, something that was by no means certain given the Covid-19 restrictions. At the Opening Session, I ..

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    Despite all the obstacles the fight for LGBTI equality continues

    Skip to content Dragana Drndarevska Legal adviser, Coalition Margins Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 7th July 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia Despite all the obstacles the fight for LGBTI equality continues Photo credit: Vancho Dzambaski- Pride Parade 2019Last year, a Pride Parade took place in Skopje for the first time. The Parade was a protest and shall remain so until LGBTI people are able to enjoy all human rights and society is fully liberated. However, last year there were several reasons to celebrate. The Law on Prevention and Protection against Discrimination was adopted after long postponement, guarantying LGBTI people equality in every area of living. In addition, the Law on Criminal Procedure was amended with respect to hate crimes, thus providing LGBTI people explicit protection against violence and other hate crimes for the first time. The success was the result of the efforts invested by LGBTI organizations and their partners from civil..

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    Guest blog on UK-Ireland connections from Catherine Page, a deputy to Ambassador Robin Barnett

    Skip to content Robin Barnett Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin Part of Coronavirus (COVID-19) 3rd July 2020 Dublin, Ireland Guest blog on UK-Ireland connections from Catherine Page, a deputy to Ambassador Robin BarnettBy endurance we conquer – what Shackleton can teach us todayWe have all had to find sources of inspiration to help us in the last few months. Mine came on one of many local lockdown walks in Dublin, when I passed a house with a plaque to “the Antarctic Explorer and Leader of Men”, Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose childhood home it had been. I have been inspired by Shackleton for a long time, since I was 17 and went on an expedition which re-traced his journey to the Antarctic island of South Georgia. But it felt particularly appropriate to find him again now – to be reminded of his story of grit and determination at a time when we have all been searching for these too, and to recall his family motto: “by endurance we conquer”. Because if I had to sum up 2020 so far in one word ..

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    Online Q&A for UK nationals in Austria – Monday 6 July

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 3rd July 2020 Vienna, Austria Online Q&A for UK nationals in Austria – Monday 6 July Do you have questions about how the UK’s exit from the EU affects you? The embassy is running an online Q&A session on Monday 6 July. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the team here and colleagues in London have continued to work closely with the Austrian authorities to ensure rights of British citizens living in Austria to continue to live and work here are protected, and any actions you need to take are communicated clearly and in good time. The Austrian government have not yet announced the exact details of the registration process you will need to follow, but the actions you can already take are on our living in Austria guide. Please sign up for email updates on that page. The Q&A will be on our embassy facebook page. On Monday 6..

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    Digital Transformation in the Public Sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 19th June 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Digital Transformation in the Public Sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina In the time of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, big data, and many more are now transforming societies, economies, institutions and businesses across the globe. Governments worldwide are strategically leveraging new technologies to fundamentally improve policies, decision-making, public services and systems. Yet the full potential of digital government worldwide, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina, remains largely untapped. Global practice shows that to build a public sector fit for the future, governments must “reinvent” themselves. Digital transformation is not just about new technologies, but requires an overhaul of organizational structures, work processes, skills, culture and mindset. This applies not only to governme..

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    Cost of Youth Emigration

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 15th June 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Cost of Youth Emigration Long lines of people in front of foreign embassies in Sarajevo has become an all too common backdrop on our way to work. Migration is a fact of modern life, with both posiitve and negative elements. But there is something especially worrying about seeing so many young people in these lines, often accompanied by family members, awaiting work permits. The Westminster Foundation for Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, funded by the UK Government, has recently published the first study that examines how much does youth emigration cost this country, and the Western Balkan region. The findings of the study are alarming, and make a clear, fact-based case that the time to act is now. We do not believe that people of Bosnia and Herzegovina need to be told that the country is slowly but surely emptying. Accurate figures are often hard to find, but bet..

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    Making face masks and jobs in Grimsby

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 15th June 2020 Vienna, Austria Making face masks and jobs in Grimsby “Two months ago this was just an empty warehouse”, the project manager says. We are entering a building adjacent to the Vienna HQ of Austrian company Hygiene Austria, south of Vienna. Inside, after donning face masks and spraying sanitiser on our hands, we find a hive of activity. Workers in sterile gowns operate high tech machines. They are making 12 million type-IIR, mouth-nose masks and FFP2 masks a month in Austria for medical and general use, including special masks for children in a range of appealing colours. As of 15 June they are also manufacturing 10 million face masks a month according to European and British standards in the United Kingdom, in the northern English coastal town of Grimsby. As the COVID-19 pandemic led to global shorta..

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    Delivering Digital Consular Aid

    Traditionally, MFAs (ministries of foreign affairs) have been viewed as organizations that face the world with their back to the nation as they have been responsible for communicating with foreign populations rather than the national citizenry. Thus, unlike ministries of Justice, Homeland Security and Culture, MFAs were never able to foster a domestic constituency putting them at a disadvantage when compared with their peers. The rapid process of globalization has further eroded MFAs’ standing within governments. Given that global challenges require global solutions, a growing number of government ministries (e.g., health, energy, justice) now also face the world and collaborate with their equivalents overseas. Subsequently, MFAs have lost their monopoly on external ties and lost territory within governments. Yet the global proliferation of ICTs and digital technologies has enabled MFAs to interact directly with their citizens and provide them with an array of services thus developing..

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    Disarmament blog: Disarmament and the Pandemic

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Part of Conference on Disarmament 11th June 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: Disarmament and the Pandemic I last blogged in late February on the P5 Conference in London, looking ahead to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in April. The coronavirus outbreak in China was on our minds, of course, but none of us knew then how it would affect the rest of the world. Switzerland reported its first death from the disease on 5 March. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a pandemic on 11 March, and Switzerland imposed a lockdown a couple of days later. The human toll from the disease has been horrific. The economic, social and political implications will be immense, though it will take some time to understand them fully. My colleagues here dealing with the WHO, the humanitarian agencies, and the economic and human rights aspects of the crisis have been at ..

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    The Transboundary Risks of Climate Change

    Skip to content Mikael Allan Mikaelsson PhD, Science and Innovation Policy Advisor, Europe Head of Clean Growth & Climate Change 7th June 2020 Stockholm, Sweden The Transboundary Risks of Climate Change “The aggregation of national interest does not amount to the global interest of the planet” – Youssef Nassef, Director of Adaptation at the UNFCCC In line with the UK Government’s climate diplomacy pillar around “Climate Change Has No Borders” as part of its presidency to the United Nations 26th Conference of the Parties, the UK Foreign Office’s international science and innovation network joins forces with UK and European partners to bring transboundary climate risk to the spotlight. There is a strong interplay and synergy between the threats that humanity faces from the Covid-19 and climate change emergencies, and the commonalities between the two are great, as are parallels to be drawn. Covid-19 and climate change threats are both environmental in origin and are global health crise..

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    Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean: Maldives & the Nekton Mission

    Skip to content Caron Röhsler British High Commissioner to Maldives Part of UK in Maldives 7th June 2020 Maldives Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean: Maldives & the Nekton Mission Were it not for covid, for World Oceans Day this year I’d have been writing about early reports from the Nekton Mission’s First Descent in Maldives, following their exploration of sites around Addu Atoll, the Zero Degree Channel and Gnaviyani Atoll. This ambitious expedition to “the Midnight Zone” of the Indian Ocean (the least explored ocean in the world) should have completed its field research by now. The team would have been chomping through terabytes of data at their Oxford base, just as they did after their expedition to Seychelles which I also had the thrill of witnessing, in 2019. The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”. What distinguishes Nekton from other deep sea expeditions is a commitment to innovation in both scientific method and sustainable developmen..

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    When it comes to vaccines and access to healthcare we must think and act beyond COVID-19

    Skip to content Chris Trott UK Ambassador to South Sudan Part of UK in South Sudan 4th June 2020 Juba, South Sudan When it comes to vaccines and access to healthcare we must think and act beyond COVID-19Today the UK is hosting the Global Vaccine Summit to raise money and awareness for Gavi, the vaccine alliance. Gavi is key in the global and local COVID-19 response, supporting countries to invest in preparedness and response, working with global partners on a vaccine, and ensuring that when a vaccine is available, all countries can access it. The immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be devastating in South Sudan where 7.5 million people already need humanitarian assistance. During this global pandemic we are reminded that work on vaccines is more important than ever. However, it is critical that we continue to prioritise healthcare and vaccines beyond the scope of COVID-19. The World Health Organisation, UNICEF and Gavi have recently released fresh global warn..

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    Cycling in Vienna: diplomatic, healthy and green

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 3rd June 2020 Vienna, Austria Cycling in Vienna: diplomatic, healthy and green The freshly oiled crank purrs like a sewing machine. The sun has come out from behind the clouds, casting a silverish gleam on the Danube. There is a mild breeze. Hundreds of people are cycling on Vienna’s 21 kilometre-long Danube island and I am one of them. To me this is pure happiness. Cycling is one of the most popular leisure activities worldwide. For many people it is also an efficient, healthy and green means of transport. In the UK, perhaps inspired by some remarkable elite sporting achievements (a British rider won the prestigious Tour de France in six out of the last eight years and the UK has won 19 Olympic gold medals in cycling since Beijing 2008), cycling popularity has increased steadily. According to the British Departm..

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    A week in the life of Robin Barnett

    Skip to content Robin Barnett Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin Part of Brexit 2nd June 2020 Dublin, Ireland A week in the life of Robin Barnett Many people have asked me how an Embassy can operate virtually. After all, diplomacy is something of a contact sport. The answer lies in a combination of good IT, a great team, lots of imagination and creativity, a network of contacts, a lot of hard work and, crucially, by recharging your mobile phone at every opportunity! Let me give you a practical example. The publication of the UK’s approach to the Ireland / Northern Ireland Protocol last Wednesday made for a busy day for me and colleagues in Dublin as well as London, Belfast, Brussels and elsewhere. But the preparation had begun much earlier. Like most organisations, the British Civil Service has relied heavily on e-mail exchanges and face to face meetings when doing business. But preparing for and gathering reactions to the launch of our paper required a variety of secure technical solution..

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    Meeting Maldives

    Skip to content Caron Röhsler British High Commissioner to Maldives Part of UK in Maldives 30th May 2020 Maldives Meeting Maldives Before I came to Maldives, my non-resident predecessor told me that being the first resident UK Ambassador* to Maldives would provide a great opportunity to get out to islands that diplomats hadn’t reached in many a year. In my previous posting, in Seychelles, I’d been limited to a small number of affordable islands. So I made it my plan — once I had set up the new office and recruited a team — to get to as many of the 1,200 Maldivian islands as possible. Then C-19 darkened our doors. It’s not easy getting to know a country when you’re confined to a flat on an island you can run around in under an hour. But, as John Donne wrote in 1624, “no man is an island entire of itself”. The spiritual connections he wrote about back then have since been augmented with technological ones. Working from home in MaldivesSo, the other week, I found myself on a virtual odys..

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    How “The adjoining house at the Lustig Prean Gasse” became the British Embassy

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 27th May 2020 Vienna, Austria How “The adjoining house at the Lustig Prean Gasse” became the British Embassy “The Ministry of Works may have ideas about office accommodation. I doubt whether it would be possible to extend the existing offices by building in the courtyard. Failing this, it might be possible to secure the adjoining house in the Lustig Prean Gasse (No.10), which is now divided into flats and which would be sufficiently large to accommodate all the services and the Consulate.” We have recently published two blogs about our estate in Vienna. One considers how repeated changes in the name of the street on which the British Embassy is located, the Jaurésgasse, reflect Austria’s 20th Century history. A second explores how the historic 1875 residence was recovered from the National Socialist Flying Corps,..

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    A Flood of (un)Kindness #KindnessMatters

    Skip to content Dr Keith Franklin Nuclear Councellor, British Embassy Tokyo 21st May 2020 Japan A Flood of (un)Kindness #KindnessMattersIt was the summer of 2007, and Gloucestershire had just experienced the worst floods in living memory. In an ironic twist, the major impact on the area was a water shortage. The floods had overwhelmed the pumping station at the reservoir in Tewkesbury, and the water supply to hundreds of thousands of people in the surrounding towns had been cut off. It wasn’t restored for a full three weeks. The local authorities did an amazing job, supplying bottled water for drinking, and household water supplies were provided through ‘bowsers’, large plastic tanks, which looked a little like mini petrol tankers, parked in various places throughout the town. My area was serviced by a large orange bowser. You can actually see it here on YouTube. I recorded it being filled on my “flip phone” in the early days of phones being able to record video, it is appalling quali..

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    Local traditions during the holy month of Ramadan

    Skip to content Arijeta Hadzi-Hamza Ismaili Executive Assistant to Her Majesty's Ambassador and Deputy Head of Mission Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 20th May 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia Local traditions during the holy month of Ramadan The holy month of Ramadan is about to end and I would like to send my very best wishes to all who are Muslims, who like me observed this special time of the year. Keeping yourself and loved ones well during Ramadan this year will mean adapting usual religious and cultural practices. Traditionally Ramadan is a time for communal prayer, spiritual reflection, meals with extended family and friends to break daily fasts. However, this Ramadan is very different due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mosques remain closed to help stop the spread of the virus through social distancing, and of course, we must refrain from visiting friends and family. The fact is that the whole of the country is making huge efforts and sacr..

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    Coronavirus and the long-term threat to democracy

    25 Mar Coronavirus and the long-term threat to democracy Posted at 12:02h in UK Perspectives by Flora Holmes This week political systems the world over politics have seen a tightening of government-led lockdowns across the globe – from India, to France, to the United States, to deal with the threat of Coronavirus. On Monday, 23rd March, the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a televised address watched by 27 million that Britons were to only leave their homes to buy food, to exercise once a day, or to go to work if they are classified as key workers. Such measures have been wildly popular amongst electorates. Indeed, a poll of 4,500 people by Redfield and Wilton revealed an overwhelming 90 percent of people in Italy, 88 percent in Spain and 87 percent in France support the strict social distancing measures. In the UK, a snap YouGov poll suggested that 93% of the public supports the latest UK lockdown measures – showing how seriou..

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    Inclusion in uncertain times – IDAHOBIT

    Skip to content Dominic Otway Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Skopje Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 17th May 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia Inclusion in uncertain times – IDAHOBIT Two things struck me when I was asked to write this week’s blog marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May. First, it reminded me how much the world has changed since February. I’m thinking of then because it was the last public event I hosted, the day before the first Coronavirus case was reported in North Macedonia. And it was with groups and societies representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people here. We planned to publicise the meeting at the time, but I got distracted by unfolding developments.. and soon it felt that much of what we discussed had been overtaken as events (including how to mark IDAHOBIT) and meetings need to be postponed until we can meet safely again. Today is a good t..

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    A home for all of us

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 15th May 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina A home for all of us 17 May is IDAHOBIT, International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. While there are many special days to mark throughout the year, this is an important one to me personally. Last September, my wife Martina and I took part in the first PRIDE march in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This was a happy day for us, and the many others that joined the peaceful walk through the centre of Sarajevo. It belonged to all of those citizens of this country who organised and participated in it, despite a small but sometimes hostile group of opponents during preparations. Why was this PRIDE, in the last country in the region to hold one, important? Because it was a message of support to all LGBTI brothers and sisters, that they did not need to hide their identity, that they were valued and welcome members of society. And this matters because so many of the..

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    Manipur to London: One Brit’s epic 8,000-mile journey from India

    Skip to content Nick Low British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata Part of Coronavirus (COVID-19) UK in India 8th May 2020 India Manipur to London: One Brit’s epic 8,000-mile journey from India Whether at home or overseas, each of us will have our own memories of the COVID-19 pandemic – both personal and professional. In India, we’ll recall the fateful 24 hours in late March when FCO advised all British tourists and short-stay travellers abroad to return to the UK and the Government of India imposed what its External Affairs Minister has described as the ‘world’s toughest lockdown’. No flights, no trains, no buses, closed inter-state borders, stressed connectivity as India Plc tried to work as normal using home broadband, and northwards of 20,000 British Nationals telling us they did indeed want to go home. Here at the British Deputy High Commission Kolkata, we were spared the thousands in Goa, Gujarat and Punjab. Instead we had hundreds of British Nationals scattered across a consu..

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    Nina Jankowicz & Peter Pomerantsev on the Future of Disinformation

    04 May Nina Jankowicz & Peter Pomerantsev on the Future of Disinformation Posted at 17:00h in Events, Upcoming Event by Sophia Gaston Sophia Gaston spoke with Nina Jankowicz and Peter Pomerantsev, two of the leading expert researchers into contemporary disinformation, to explore the role that it is playing in the Coronavirus pandemic. They discussed the differing ways in which disinformation was being harnessed, the challenges of studying a landscape fraught with as much misinformation as disinformation, the next phases of government regulation, and the likely prominence of disinformation in the 2020 US Presidential Election. Nina Jankowicz works at The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where she studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe. Her book, ‘How to Lose the Information War’, will be published in July 2020. Ms. Jankowicz has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the a..

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    Helping Australian businesses get the most out of our Free Trade Agreements

    29 Apr 2020 — DFAT Helping Australian businesses get the most out of our Free Trade Agreements This article was originally published in November 2018 and updated in April 2020. By Michael Dean and Angela Rendall, Free Trade Agreement Outreach Section, DFAT The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Portal provides easy access to information that helps exporters, importers, customs brokers, freight forwarders and other businesses benefit from Australia’s free trade agreements. Users of the FTA Portal can, for instance, search for the goods they want to export using keywords, find reduced free trade agreement tariff rates, and learn how to obtain the documents necessary to get tariff reductions. The FTA Portal also includes guidance and information on selling services to overseas customers, travelling overseas to supply services, and establishing an overseas presence. Where more than one free trade agreement is available to an exporter or importer, the FTA Portal helps identify which..

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    Why now is the time to take global action against COVID-19

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 27th April 2020 Vienna, Austria Why now is the time to take global action against COVID-19 Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been shaping the reality of life and work in Austria, the UK and around the world. As we are all trying to do our bit to fight the spread of the virus (stay at home!) and adapt where possible to a new normal, I think it’s worth reminding ourselves that in order to find a long term solution to the threat posed by the virus we have to work together as a global community. We face an urgent need to develop, manufacture and equitably distribute therapeutics, diagnostics and a vaccine. No country can do this on its own. Without cooperation on this, our eventual recovery will take longer, be more uncertain and bring greater risk of repeated outbreaks. As an international, open and densely populated coun..

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    Coronavirus should not stop us defining and championing Global Britain – Telegraph

    Director of the British Foreign Policy Group, Sophia Gaston, wrote for the Telegraph, arguing that Coronavirus should not stop us defining and championing Global Britain. In the piece, Sophia argues: “There have been many policy casualties of the coronavirus pandemic, but one of the most significant shifts in the UK Government’s focus has been the postponement of the Integrated Review of our Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. The Review had finally swung into motion and was hurtling ahead at break-neck speed, the government mindful that international goodwill towards the Global Britain project could not be sustained indefinitely on a handful of aspirational speeches. In the four years since the referendum on our membership of the European Union, Britain’s foreign policy has existed largely in..

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    Living in Lockdown

    Skip to content Robin Barnett Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin Part of Coronavirus (COVID-19) 22nd April 2020 Dublin, Ireland Living in LockdownI wanted to reflect on the Coronavirus crisis, the tragic loss of so many lives around the world and on actions that need to be taken to defeat the virus. The enormity of what is happening is incredibly difficult to come to terms with. Just like everybody else, I have never known anything like this despite spending 40 years as a diplomat and living through such historic ruptures as the end of the Cold War. The impact is dramatic at every level, including personal. I too am separated from friends and loved ones. I too miss the social things that we all enjoy so much. But the stay home policy is successfully beginning to halt the spread of the Coronavirus both here in Ireland and in the UK. Most importantly, it is easing the pressure on the heroic health service professionals in both our countries. They are true celebrities. And they have been supp..

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    Conspiracy Theories in the COVID-19 Crisis and their Social & Geopolitical Consequences

    16 Apr Conspiracy Theories in the COVID-19 Crisis and their Social & Geopolitical Consequences Posted at 08:47h in UK Perspectives by Sophia Gaston There are a number of historically unique factors about the moment at which the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world, and it certainly arrived at an especially delicate moment in the trajectory of Western liberal democracies. Socially and politically, the pandemic is being experienced in the aftermath of a number of developments that have chipped away at some of the traditional tools of governance and preconditions of cohesive societies. Of particular alarm has been the prominent role of conspiracy theories – which have been gaining an increasing degree of visibility and influence in Western political life over recent years. The rise of social media, the growth in anti-establishment political movements, the declining levels of trust in institutions, and the rising competition between social gr..

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    COVID-19: The Soft Power Struggle

    27 Mar COVID-19: The Soft Power Struggle Posted at 10:20h in UK Perspectives by Sophia Gaston COVID-19 touches on every aspect of geopolitics, and every unresolved tension of international relations is being ruthlessly exposed to the light of day. While many defence forces are being called upon for domestic responsibilities, the centrality of soft power in this crisis cannot be in dispute. This great test of international cooperation has revealed some harsh truths about the fragility of global alliances – particularly in the West. And the asymmetrical nature of the spread of the disease, and the national responses to seek to contain it, compels varied risks and opportunities for international reputations. As its origin and former epicentre, China found itself on the frontline of the battle in January and February. Across the world, governments and their citizens looked on with horror as the extent of its efforts to suppress and conceal the s..

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    Local traditions and recipes for Orthodox Easter

    Skip to content Mare Janevska Manager and Chef at British Residence Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 16th April 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia Local traditions and recipes for Orthodox Easter My name is Mare Janevska and I am the Manager and Chef of the British Residence in Skopje. It was an honour to be chosen for this position that I have been working in for 13 years now. I am working on both positions in parallel but the role as Chef at the Residence is my favourite as it is creative, which makes me happy and everyone should work on what makes them happy. For me cooking is a passion, love, respect, emotion and I find inner peace in the dishes I am preparing and cooking for the guests at the Residence. When I see everyone happy and satisfied, I know that I have accomplished my goals and job well done. I have been privileged to cook for high level visitors to North Macedonia such as Ministers, Prime Minister and also members of the Royal Family. I a..

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    A Tale of Two Hospitals

    Skip to content Sian MacLeod UK Ambassador to Serbia 8th April 2020 Belgrade, Serbia A Tale of Two Hospitals Since the world became aware of the new deadly coronavirus COVID19 spreading rapidly among the population of a Chinese province, governments around the world have been planning and preparing to deal with its expected effects. But few people can have anticipated the scale of devastation and disruption that this virus would soon be bringing to communities around the world. Like coloured dye dripped into a bowl of water, the virus has spread even to the most remote corners of the world. Working in a global network everyday I read personal accounts of the impact upon great powers, European neighbours, and the tiniest island communities in the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. As a British diplomat working at home in Belgrade and in constant touch with my Embassy and colleagues across the Western Balkans I follow developments in the UK and Serbia particularly closely. My Embassy and ..

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    Getting 391 British Nationals home safely

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna 6th April 2020 Vienna, Austria Getting 391 British Nationals home safely A plane approaches London Heathrow, appearing to grow larger as it nears the runway. As British airways flight BA0961 lands safely, a collective sigh of relief is heard at the British Embassy in Vienna. In the last two weeks, the British Embassy in Vienna has helped 391 people get out of ski resorts in Austria to return home to the UK. This is part of the Foreign Office’s huge international task of getting travelling British nationals home, as international transport routes close. On 3-5 April, a group of 129 seasonal ski workers, including British and Irish nationals, returned to the UK from quarantine areas in Tyrol and Vorarlberg. To do this, they needed to register with the embassy for special permission to leave a quarantine zone. We then worked closely with..

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    Corona and the European Commission

    Last week I analyzed Corona-related tweets published by the European External Action Service (EEAS). This week I turned my attention to the European Commission. The Commission is, in essence, the governing body of the EU. It helps manage the EU’s external and internal affairs. The prolonged Brexit debate emphasized that while the UK viewed the EU as a financial alliance, other member states view it as much more. EU nations share certain values and wish to promote a shared vision of the world. The European Commission is one of the bodies tasked with realizing that vision. Yet is also a shared governing body, one meant to aid EU citizens and ensure their prosperity. As part of my analysis, I examined all Corona-related tweets published by the Commission between March 1st and March 25th, 2020. My aim was to examine whether the Commission sprang into action early, or whether it too took a long time of understand the magnitude of the Corona outbreak. I also hoped to understand what topics ..

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    “We can be heroes. Just for one day.”

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 25th March 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina “We can be heroes. Just for one day.” I sit to write this blog at a table in my home. Like many people across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and in fact the world, I am currently working from home, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am lucky to have the space and technology to do so. There are many who want to work, but are now unable. I hope to show that being an Ambassador is also a job that can be done remotely. And I am really pleased that as the British Embassy we are all doing our part. Why? Because we collectively face the greatest public health crisis in a generation. It is now abundantly clear that the entire world is affected, or will be so, and that every single one of us has a role to play. On the frontline are our doctors, nurses, emergency service staff, and similar critical workers. Many are continuing to do other essential work, the shop assistants,..

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    The BBC and Soft Power

    Once more, the debate over the BBC – particularly the license fee – is hotting up. As the Government turns its eyes on to the UK’s public broadcaster, the value for money of the license fee has come under scrutiny. But Sir David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC, has warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson “that attacks on the corporation will result in a “weakened United Kingdom” amid tensions with Downing Street over the broadcaster’s future.” Certainly, when it comes to soft power – the BBC is an asset which should not be taken for granted. At an event in Westminster recently, Sir Robbie Gibb, former Adviser to Theresa May and Head of BBC Westminster, made a number of salient points with regard to the BBC’s soft power. He argued that ‘if you go anywhere in the world and ask what they know about the UK, they’ll say the Queen… and the BBC.’..

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    Corona Council (24 February – 13 March)

    Skip to content Bob Last Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team 19th March 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Corona Council (24 February – 13 March) I’ve long had a sense of foredboding about the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council. Those of us who’ve been around these parts longer than most tend to measure our life-spans in the number of Council sessions we’ve racked up, as well as years. I worked out some time ago that session 43 would be the one when my real age and my Council age would come together and it was not something I’d been looking forward to. Before the session began, the biggest talking point had been how we would manage to finish the session on time following the drastic cuts in meeting time imposed on the Council by UN HQ. The fear was that the session might overrun by a couple of days into a fifth week. But who could have imagined this? For the last few weeks, it felt like the walls were creeping in on us, slowly at first, but ever closer and more menacing as the scale a..

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    Nina Forgwe: Success, what success?

    Skip to content Nina Forgwe Political and Programmes Officer, Cameroon Guest blogger for FCO Careers 12th March 2020 Nina Forgwe: Success, what success? Nina Forgwe, Political and Programmes Officer, CameroonAs part of our Women’s History Month campaign, #RedefiningSuccess, we have asked our colleagues from across the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to share what success means to them. Here, Nina Forgwe shares her definition. Success, what success?I come from a family where my siblings and I are all university educated. I have travelled the world a fair bit. Some consider me successful. I have a great job. But, I also come from a community where the success narrative for a woman is dominated by three solid tests; marriage, child bearing and the needs of the home and husband. A successful woman is one who excels at all three. I failed at all three. I bought into that narrative so completely that a year ago, I was a failure. There was no pitty-patter of tiny feet. In the eyes of my husb..

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    Blog: Understanding the Nuclear Fuel Cycle

    Skip to content Simon Cleobury UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament 11th March 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Blog: Understanding the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Working on nuclear issues is hard – not only understanding the science behind it, but also its complicated politics and history. To help me do nuclear diplomacy better, I wanted to improve my awareness of how the nuclear fuel cycle works. That is why earlier this year I visited five nuclear sites – three in the UK and two in France. My visit to the UK nuclear sites was organised by the Ministry of Defence and the National Nuclear Laboratory. Over the three days, we visited Capenhurst, a uranium enrichment site; Springfields, where uranium is converted into fuel for use in reactors; and Sellafield, where spent nuclear fuel is reprocessed. The sites at Capenhurst and Sellafield produced the UK’s fissile materials for its nuclear weapons, prior to the moratorium on new production in 1995. The visits helped me t..

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    Maiden – awesome, inspirational women on the big screen

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 8th March 2020 Vienna, Austria Maiden – awesome, inspirational women on the big screen I recently had co-hosted a special premiere of Maiden, the gripping story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old Briton, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World race in 1989. The race, today known as the Volvo Ocean Race, was a brutal competition comprised of six legs totalling 32,000 nautical miles. The screening was organised by UN Vienna to mark International Womens’ Day on Sunday 8 March. The film is about defiance and determination. Tracy undertook huge personal risks, including mortgaging her own house to embark on her endeavor which was met with dismissive comments and condescending coverage from colleagues and male sports journalists. These are retold – with starting can..

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    2nd Edition of the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy Out Now

    2nd Edition of the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy Out Now Since the 2008 release of the first edition of this encyclopedic guide, the landscape, technologies and best practices of public diplomacy have evolved. Now, so too has the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy. The second edition of this comprehensive work was edited by Nancy Snow (Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University) and Nicholas Cull (USC Master of Public Diplomacy Founding Director, CPD Faculty Fellow). Parts one through four retain their expert authors (many of whom belong to the CPD community) who contributed revised content for the new edition. It now also boasts 16 global case studies and ten new authors. The link to purchase the book can be found here. Table of Contents Introduction 1. Rethinking Public Diplomacy in the 2020s - Nancy Snow 2.Public Diplomacy Before Gullion: The Evolution of a Phrase - Nicholas J. Cull Part 1: The Scope of Public Diplomacy: Key Practices 3. The Spectrum..

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    International Women’s Day of solidarity and unity!

    Skip to content Natasha Dimitrovska Gender Specialist and Chevening Scholar Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 7th March 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia International Women’s Day of solidarity and unity!The past year was very eventful for women’s rights and feminism. On a global level, among other events, the #metoo movement has been growing stronger, bringing down some very privileged and powerful men, a feminist song originated in Chile spread across the globe, pointing the finger at the systemic violence women endure around the world, and women finally got the deserved place in missions to space. On the other hand, women’s reproductive rights and freedoms got to a halt with the reinstated global gag rule, feminists increasingly face backlash by right-wing governments, and the home is still the most unsafe place for a woman. Turning to the Balkan region and North Macedonia, advancements seem to be going at a much slower pace. Female politicians, espec..

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    Call for PD Magazine Submissions on Ethics in Diplomacy

    Call for PD Magazine Submissions on Ethics in Diplomacy Feb 17, 2020 Public Diplomacy Magazine is now accepting submissions for its Spring/Summer 2020 issue! The USC student-run publication's upcoming issue will focus on ethics in diplomacy, especially the role of morality, objectivity and bias in public diplomacy. Public diplomacy scholars, practitioners and enthusiasts are encouraged to submit case studies, working papers, interviews, book reviews, comparative studies, policy analyses and histories of public diplomacy as practiced internationally that are relevant to the theme of ethics in diplomacy. To be featured, you must submit a manuscript via the online form found on the PD Magazine's website by the deadline: March 12, 2020. The issue will be released May 2020. Submission requirements: 12 pt. Arial font, single-spaced, and saved as a Microsoft Word file Between 500 and 2,000 words. MLA Style Do not embed graphics in text Authors must have legal rights to all..

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    8 March – How far have we come?

    Skip to content Kristina Hadzi Vasileva Managing Director at Strategic Development Consulting and Chevening Scholar Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 6th March 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia 8 March – How far have we come?The first week of March is always so intense for me. Not that there are no such other weeks during the year (family birthdays, new years’, vacation preparations..). Yet during the first week of March everyone and anyone suddenly remembers us, women. Flowers are sold on improvised stalls of cardboard boxes on every corner, presents are bought and given, dinners organized and celebrated with music and dancing. TV shows are hosted with the sole topic of discussing women’s rights, gender equality, domestic violence, political participation of women, women’s economic advancement. The reason, as you might guess is 8 of March. Recognized as international women’s day, this date celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievem..

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    Sources of Soft Power: How the UK can Excel

    04 Mar Sources of Soft Power: How the UK can Excel Posted at 10:12h in Articles, Diplomacy & Soft Power, UK Perspectives by Matt Gillow On 19th of February, the British Foreign Policy Group hosted a reception along with our convening partners at the UK Soft Power Group, the British Council, to launch their latest report – Sources of Soft Power. The event confirmed to us that there is a huge appetite for the work that the UK Soft Power Group does – and a wider conversation on how the UK can make the most of our soft power assets in the post-Brexit world. According to Dan Shah, Director of Research at the British Council, ‘soft power is an area where we benefit from a position at the top of world tables’. The report, which presents a comparison of the soft power of the UK and six other ‘soft power superpowers’ – China, Germany, India, Japan, Russia and the USA – provides an in-depth look at the current status of UK soft power, and areas for i..

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    Authors you should read more

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 5th March 2020 Vienna, Austria Authors you should read moreI’m looking at my bookshelf at home when I notice a weird similarity to the rogues’ gallery of former British ambassadors to Austria in the embassy. My bookshelf is dominated by male authors. The rogues’ gallery for Vienna is exclusively male, up until my excellent predecessor, Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque (in Vienna 2012-16). Male domination of both literature and diplomacy belongs in the past. Despite their relative rarity on my bookshelves, I enjoy many women authors: a quick scout turned up Jane Austen (“Pride and Prejudice” – a fantastically elegant, and funny, book); Charlotte Bronte (“Jane Eyre”); AS Byatt (“Possession”); Jung Chang (“Wild Swans”); Jackie Collins (“Hollywood Wives” – my tastes are eclectic); George Eliot (“Middlemarch” – one ..

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    The week in foreign policy

    28 Feb The week in foreign policy Posted at 12:24h in UK Perspectives by Flora Holmes This week, the BFPG team were in Dundee hosting an event on Dundee’s international links and ambitions. Meanwhile in the week in foreign policy, global panic over the coronavirus intensified, US President Trump visited Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in India, and EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen took a delegation of commissioners to Addis Ababa. Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland write for The House magazine that the UK must stand up for protesters in Hong Kong if it is to be a truly Global Britain. The government, Carmichael writes, should reopen the historic BNO passport scheme and establish the right to above in the UK for BNO passport holders. He argues this should run alongside six-monthly reports that will judge whether the historic Joint Declaration between the UK and China over Hong Kong has been breached. In Europe, this wee..

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    My Welsh Great-Grandfather, literature and football

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 28th February 2020 Vienna, Austria My Welsh Great-Grandfather, literature and football 1 March is St David’s Day, named after the patron saint of Wales who died in 589. I’m part-Welsh: my great-grandfather John Derfel (photo above) came from the the town of Llanderfel in north Wales and was the son of the Welsh poet and political writer Robert Jones Derfel (for the Welsh-language Wikipedia entry, click here). According to family lore, Robert Jones Derfel took the name “Derfel” because the winner of the Bardic poem at the national Eisteddfod, a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance, was encouraged to take his birthplace as a last name as a distinction. The name “Derfel” continues in our family to this day. I recently learned that a digital version of his works is in the archive of the National Librar..

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    What matters to me on the day before the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

    Skip to content Nick Pearson Pro Consul at the British Consulate-General Guest blogger for UK in Australia Part of UK in Australia 28th February 2020 Canberra, Australia What matters to me on the day before the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade Nick Pearson our Pro Consul at the Consulate-General office in SydneyEvery year it is hard to miss the signs that the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras season is upon us. While permanent reminders of Sydney’s support for the LGBTQI community – such as the iconic Rainbow Crossing in Taylor Square – remain with us year-round, it is fair to say the city shifts into gear as the Mardi Gras parade approaches. Whether it is a more civic reminder, such as a rainbow flag flying above Sydney Town Hall, or something more vibrant like a drag queen passing by at a pedestrian crossing en route to a performance in a city pub, the visibility of the LGBTQI community in Sydney truly reaches an all-time high at this time of year. Culminating in a parade drawi..

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    Where is the future of internet governance?

    Internet governance – understood by governments, private sector and civil society as the application of rules and procedures with regard to the internet – is a growing area of policy-making. But in the second half of the last decade, digital and internet policy was increasingly dominated by realpolitik. Differing views on how the internet should, and can, be tamed and shaped abound – meaning wildly different digital policies in different countries, and real questions for governments in an increasingly interconnected world. As a result, issues surrounding internet governance have come into sharper focus – with national interests and power struggles becoming increasingly obvious. The most recent example was accusations that the United States is trying ..

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    Disarmament blog: the P5 meet in London

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament 21st February 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: the P5 meet in London Last week saw a major milestone in preparations for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in April, when the five NPT Nuclear Weapon States met at Lancaster House in London for their ninth annual ‘P5’ conference. We began the Conference by welcoming the new RevCon President-designate, Gustavo Zlauvinen of Argentina, and the chairs of the three Main Committees, collectively known as the Bureau. It was useful to hear more about what they thought the key issues for the RevCon would be, what a successful outcome might look like, and what they thought the P5 could do to help achieve it. In the afternoon, we continued the P5 Conference tradition of a civil society segment. This one was bigger and better than ever: thanks to our partners at King’s College London and the European Leadershi..

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    What will you do?

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Part of #BeyondPlastic UK in Bosnia and Herzegovina 13th February 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina What will you do? In November this year, the UK and Italy will together host the UN Climate Change Conference, popularly called COP 26, in Glasgow. It is a great responsibility, but one which both of our governments are enthusiastic and determined to deliver on. The situation facing all of us today is critical. The science is clear – climate change is real and it is threatening our future. Current actions fall far short of what is needed to limit the catastrophic damage to our lives, and those of our children. It is already evident in the extreme weather we see more of – droughts, flooding, storms, and melting ice caps – and we can expect more ahead of us. It will massively impact on our food production, our health, and our very lives. Our oceans are increasingly full of plastic, our biodiversity shrinking, and ..

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    Manchester: International links and ambition

    Skip to content Peter Jones Chief Operating Officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Guest blogger for Foreign Office 11th February 2020 Manchester: International links and ambition A second evacuation plane, carrying over 200 passengers, travelled from Wuhan to the UK over the week-end. As colleagues are all too aware, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation on 30 January, has been a big part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s crisis work so far this year to support British Nationals at risk. Last Monday, I visited Manchester as part of a British Foreign Policy Group (BFPG) series of national engagement events. Wuhan was a hot topic of conversation, but not for the reasons you might expect. Manchester and Wuhan have been sister cities since 1986. In the last 3 decades, their city-to-city partnership has created and strengthened business links, sporting and cultural ties, fostered skills and expertise exchange, an..

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    How the British residence in Vienna was rescued: 1945-1950

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 11th February 2020 Vienna, Austria How the British residence in Vienna was rescued: 1945-1950 “It is open to doubt whether this location in Vienna is really suitable for the Minister’s residence… it can in no way be considered a pleasant district in which to live.” How times change! Historic papers we recently unearthed about the restoration of the British ambassador’s residence at Metternichgasse 6 in Vienna after 1945 contain fascinating nuggets. The residence was built in 1873 for the British government by the Austrian architect Viktor Rumpelmayer. After the Anschluss in 1938, it was sold to the National Socialist Flying Corps, and in 1945 became the property of the Austrian government. The excellent “Room for Diplomacy”, by my former Foreign office colleague Mark Bertram, sets out its history. This pre-war pi..

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    Sheak: a day in the life of a Foreign Office apprentice

    Skip to content Sheak Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Apprentice Guest blogger for FCO Careers Part of FCO Apprenticeship Schemes 7th February 2020 United Kingdom Sheak: a day in the life of a Foreign Office apprentice Sheak is a Level 3 Business Administration Apprentice, working in the Legal Department at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). My typical day at the Foreign OfficeMy day starts in my office in the Legal Department. My colleagues are mostly International Lawyers working on Human Rights. They’re a great bunch who work extremely hard but also take the time to relax so that there is always an enjoyable atmosphere. I log in to my laptop and begin answering emails or checking up on tasks from the day before. I mostly work with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and I have to ensure that I maintain the operational delivery capacities of our international lawyers, whose role is as solicitors representing the UK government in front of the judges of the ECHR. This ..

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    Molly: a day in the life of a Foreign Office apprentice

    Skip to content Molly Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Apprentice Guest blogger for FCO Careers Part of FCO Apprenticeship Schemes 7th February 2020 United Kingdom Molly: a day in the life of a Foreign Office apprentice Molly is a Level 3 HR Support Apprentice, working in the Finance Directorate at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). My typical day at the Foreign OfficeA typical day in the office for me is working with my team to help get our officers overseas. This can range from liaising with our freight contractors to move personal belongings, to collaborating with our appointments teams to know who’s going where, to presenting on a course to help prepare our officers for their roles and life overseas. Life as an apprentice is always varied with our requirement for “off the job” learning, which leads us into some great learning opportunities. My biggest achievement so far?I have lots of little achievements within my time in HR Services and a few big ones. For me, every arri..

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    Simon: a day in the life of a Foreign Office apprentice

    Skip to content Simon Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Apprentice Graduate Guest blogger for FCO Careers Part of FCO Apprenticeship Schemes 5th February 2020 United Kingdom Simon: a day in the life of a Foreign Office apprentice Simon is a Level 3 Business Administration Apprentice graduate. After completing his apprenticeship, he now works in a geographical team at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). My typical day at the Foreign OfficeI work in a geographical department that is responsible for managing the UK’s relationships with 3 European countries. My role is split into 3 parts: Acting as a Personal Assistant to the head of departmentProviding business administration support for the departmentAlso, providing some policy support across the departmentThis makes my work really varied and allows me to focus my development on areas I find particularly stimulating. I’ve worked on some really interesting projects, for example I now lead on liaising with our overseas posts and co..

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    All eyes on the UK’s tech sector

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 4th February 2020 Vienna, Austria All eyes on the UK’s tech sector The UK has one of the world’s largest technology ecosystems with thousands of tech start-ups. As the third largest technology sector in the world, the UK is a global technology leader, with the state-of-the-art capabilities and resources to stay ahead of the curve. In the first eight months of 2019 alone, London attracted 114 FinTech investments with a record-breaking value of more than £1.6bn, according to industry body Innovate Finance and the mayor’s promotional agency London & Partners. Over the past ten years, Silicon Valley has dominated the start-up investment landscape, receiving over $110bn worth of venture capital and private equity funding. However, London is also showing strong growth, attracting $34.2bn in growth capital, outpacing th..

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    Katie: a day in the life of a Foreign Office apprentice

    Skip to content Katie Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Apprentice Guest blogger for FCO Careers Part of FCO Apprenticeship Schemes 3rd February 2020 United Kingdom Katie: a day in the life of a Foreign Office apprentice Katie is a Level 3 Business Administration Apprentice, working in the Project Task Force at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). My typical day at the Foreign OfficeI don’t think there is a typical day at the Foreign Office! I am based within the PTF (Projects Task Force). We work on time-limited projects on priority issues, covering all areas of the office. During my time in the department I have worked on projects within Crisis Management, Communications as well as a Minister’s Office, to name a few. On a daily basis, as well as project work, I also provide administrative support to the PTF such as helping with the project bidding rounds and providing updates on project resourcing and the department’s budget. I spend around 6 hours a week working on my apprent..

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    Reflecting on 200 years of Antarctica

    Skip to content Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Minister for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia) and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Guest blogger for FCO Editorial 31st January 2020 Reflecting on 200 years of Antarctica Antarctica – the name conjures up images of extraordinary natural beauty, inhospitable conditions and heroic, sometimes ill-fated, human endeavour. These days, it might also bring to mind worrying images of the impact of climate change, as huge sections of the ice-shelf break away, and majestic Emperor penguins struggle to survive. It is hard to believe that, 200 years ago, this vast, white continent was unknown to – and untouched by – humankind. No-one is quite sure who actually sighted it first. Two men claim that prize: Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen, an Estonian on a Russian naval expedition, and the Royal Navy’s Edward Bransfield, both of whom spotted it in late January 1820. Later that yea..

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    The Ethical Limitations of Digital Diplomacy: When MFAs Use Your Data

    On January 17th, 2020, the US State Department official launched a Center for Analytics (CfA). According to the State Department website, the center will This unique asset helps U.S. diplomats use analytics to addresses key challenges, such as prioritizing issues for diplomatic engagement and aligning Department resources with U.S. foreign policy priorities… As directed by the President’s Management Agenda, the future of U.S. foreign policy hinges on intelligently leveraging data as a strategic asset. Launching CfA is the first step in the Department’s pursuit of becoming a federal leader in data management and analytics, as well as a global leader in applying data analytics to evaluate and refine foreign policy The State Department is by no means the only MFA looking to harness data analytics. Over the past two years, several MFAs have established data units. For instance, the British FCO now operates a big data unit tasked with identifying and neutralizing fake social media account..

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    Living in the EU: an update on your rights as a UK national

    Skip to content Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Minister for Europe and the Americas) Part of Brexit 22nd January 2020 London Living in the EU: an update on your rights as a UK national An outreach event in Aarhus for UK nationals in Denmark, hosted by the British Embassy in Copenhagen.At the end of January, the UK will leave the EU. Although the UK will begin a new kind of relationship with Europe, your rights as a UK national living in the EU are protected for life. Our embassies are working with EU countries to ensure that you continue to get the support and advice you need. If you live in Ireland, your rights are already protected under the Common Travel Area agreement and you do not need to take any further action. What happens nextYou can continue to live and work in the EU as you do now because the Withdrawal Agreement (the ‘divorce deal’ between the UK and EU) protects the rights of UK Nationals already living in the EU, and those moving there before 31 December 2020. O..

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    From Digital Diplomacy to Data Diplomacy

    The digital revolution arrived late at the heart of ministries of foreign affairs across the Western world. Ministries latched on to social media around the time of Tahrir Square and Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution, beguiled by a vision of the technology engendering a networked evolution toward more liberal societies.

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    Latest Must-Reads in Public Diplomacy: January 2020

    Latest Must-Reads in Public Diplomacy: January 2020 Jan 14, 2020 The January edition of CPD Faculty Fellow Bruce Gregory's public diplomacy reading list is now available. Known affectionately at CPD as "Bruce's List," this list is a compilation of books, journal articles, papers and blogs on a wide variety of PD topics and features a number of CPD scholars. Highlights from this latest list include: “Cyber Diplomacy,” PD Magazine, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, Issue 22, Fall/Winter 2019. In this edition of PD Magazine, USC students and an array of international scholars and practitioners discuss issues relevant to diplomacy and its practice in the cyber domain. The articles divide into five sections. (1) “Equipping diplomats for the cyber age” begins with a lead article by Shaun Riordan (European Institute for International Studies) on “Cyber Diplomacy: Why Diplomats Need to Get Into Cyberspace.” (2) A section on “Cyber diplomacy’s risin..

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    Great theatres: in London and Vienna

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 16th January 2020 Vienna, Austria Great theatres: in London and Vienna Where in Vienna can you find a portrait of Elizabeth the First, which features also Romeo; Juliet; and the only known self-portrait of Gustav Klimt? A wise person has brought to my attention the depiction by Gustav Klimt on the ceiling of the Burgtheater, Vienna’s sumptuous theatre, of Shakespeare’s “Globe” Theatre. A painting of a theatre, on the ceiling of a theatre. Meta. When you look at the detail, it gets even better. You can examine the detail in cool and stupendous close-up at this co-operation between Google and the Burgtheater, (click 19 times to the right). Thanks to this digital technology, you see the painting at the link in far more detail than would be possible with the naked eye, from the steps below (I know, I’ve tried). You c..

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    Twenty wishes for 2020

    Skip to content Chris Trott UK Ambassador to South Sudan Part of UK in South Sudan 14th January 2020 Juba, South Sudan Twenty wishes for 2020At the start of the year I have been discussing with my team @UkinSouthSudan what we would like to see happen this year. While this list is by no means exhaustive, and we may be overly optimistic if we think we will see it all come true, I hope at least some of the following 20 wishes for 2020 will become a reality this year. Cessation of hostilities holdsHumanitarian situation improves with greater security and access granted to allow all those in need to receive life-saving supportAid workers are no longer targetedFighting with non-signatories to the peace agreement stops, and the parties convince them to join the process by making genuine progressThe formation of a single national army allows the security sector to provide genuine security for all South Sudanese rather than serving the objectives of a single party to the agreementResolution of..

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    New video: an update for UK nationals in Austria

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 14th January 2020 Vienna, Austria New video: an update for UK nationals in Austria Video Script: Where are we with Brexit? The Withdrawal Agreement Bill is working its way through Parliament in London. Once confirmed in the UK, it has to be agreed by the European Parliament. The UK will then leave the European Union, with a deal, on 31st January at 11pm UK time. At this point, we will enter a “transition period” or “implementation period” until 31st December 2020, during which the UK and EU will negotiate our future relationship. You may still hear talk about a possible “no deal” during this time, but this refers mainly to our future relationship in areas such as trade, and not your right to live in Austria. So, what does this mean for UK nationals living in Austria now, and what action do you have to take? The W..

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    2020 VISION

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 13th January 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2020 VISION 2020 is written with 3D colorful numbers standing on a white surface - 3D rendering illustrationNew year, new start. Many of us will be looking ahead to what 2020 holds in store, probably with some nervousness, but hoping for positive change. Here in the British Embassy there will be lots of continuity – working to deliver citizen-focused change that increases opportunity, reduces corruption, strengthens the rule of law, and improves public services. But every year is different, and there are some major events in front of us. At the end of this month the UK will leave the EU. Just as Brexit was a democratic decision, so we respect the decision of BiH to work towards joining the EU. As I have explained many times, this does not mean less of us and our support. Quite the opposite. We are increasing our cooperation, our programmes, our staffing, and our v..

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    Disarmament blog: disarmament in 2020

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Part of Conference on Disarmament 10th January 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: disarmament in 2020 2020 is going to be a hugely important year for multilateral disarmament in Geneva. The biggest event of the year, of course, is the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which takes place in New York over April and May. The RevCon’s job is to look back over the last five years and “identify the areas in which, and the means through which, further progress should be sought in the future,” as well as addressing the strengthen the implementation of the Treaty and further its universalisation. That task takes on extra significance this year, the 50th anniversary of the Treaty’s entry into force, and the 25th of its indefinite extension. No-one doubts that this RevCon takes place in an extremely difficult context; expectations for success are low. But the U..

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    A tobacco bust in Slovakia

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 10th January 2020 Vienna, Austria A tobacco bust in SlovakiaAt a nondescript warehouse in Eastern Slovakia, fine tobacco dust fills the air, and the lungs of the workers. The remote building has been sealed carefully to keep any smells and sounds hidden from the outside world, which might give away its true nature. When Slovak officers arrive, they act quickly, arresting 47 people involved in the production of illegal cigarettes. Many of these dangerous products would have crossed the Channel into the UK black market. The raid was the result of close cooperation between the HMRC team based at the British Embassy Vienna and the Slovak authorities. Our Fiscal Crime Liaison Officers are part of a global network responsible for stopping crimes that hurt the UK’s tax revenues. There are 47 HMRC officers posted in 37..

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    Looking back on a decade of British foreign policy

    07 Jan Looking back on a decade of British foreign policy Posted at 16:58h in UK Perspectives, Uncategorized by Flora Holmes Britain began the decade fighting Gaddafi in Libya, championing a ‘liberal-internationalist’ foreign policy that had carried the nation since the end of the Cold War. It ends the decade with this ideal in tatters. Then 2010s have seen the argument for ‘responsible interventionism’ lost. A botched intervention in Libya has left the nation state-less, with warring factions vying for control over oil-rich lands. The publication of the Chilcot Inquiry in 2016 confirmed what many already knew about the Iraq war – the reasons given for the invasion could not be justified by the evidence, and the lack of strategy for post-invasion Iraq left it open to the sectarian violence and extremism that dominates the nation to this day. Whilst the interventions of the past were often ill conceived and mistaken, the backlash against it has..

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    Here’s why the UK wants to strengthen its relationship with New Zealand Māori

    Skip to content Laura Clarke British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa, Governor of the Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands. Part of UK in New Zealand 7th January 2020 Wellington, New Zealand Here’s why the UK wants to strengthen its relationship with New Zealand Māori British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Laura Clarke, with Charlotte Gibson of the Ngati Oneone iwi (tribe), following the delivery of the expression of regret in Gisborne.Writing in The Guardian, Laura explains how the UK and Māori of Aotearoa New Zealand are looking to the past to build stronger relationships for the future. The connections between the UK and New Zealand are such that we feel instantly at home in each other’s countries, sipping a flat whiteor an English Breakfast tea. We have a similar sense of humour, a similar sense of adventure, similar tastes. There is so much that feels familiar. But perhaps the greatest joy of my first two years as British high commissioner to New Zealand has ..

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    Most-Read Blogs of 2019

    Most-Read Blogs of 2019 Dec 17, 2019 What did the public diplomacy conversation look like in 2019? To ring in 2020, we took a look at your favorite CPD Blog posts for the year: Cultural Diplomacy: Bridging the Study-Practice Gap By Lynda Jessup Jessup announces the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI)'s new partnership to advance the study of cultural diplomacy. Cities Will Determine the Future of Diplomacy By Nina Hachigian Ambassador Hachigian examines how urban centers can take international relations into their own hands. This piece was originally published by Foreign Policy. Take a look back at this year's second LA Summit on City Diplomacy, produced by CPD in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of International Affairs. Exploring Arts, Evaluation, Soft Power and Cultural Relations By CPD Research Fellow (2018-2020) Ian Thomas Thomas, the British Council's Head of Evaluation for the Arts, discusses the value of arts showca..

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    Building the new Sudan

    Skip to content Irfan Siddiq British Ambassador to Sudan Part of UK in Sudan 30th December 2019 Khartoum, Sudan Building the new Sudan Celebrating the building of the new Sudan, British Ambassador's residenceWith the 17 August agreement, Sudan entered a new era. The signing of a constitutional charter to govern the transition, the formation of a Sovereign Council and the appointment of Prime Minister Hamdok and his civilian cabinet puts new, primarily civilian leaders in charge of running the country. The change has been immediate. Prime Minister Hamdok’s government’s vision for Sudan, one that fulfils the revolutionary slogan of “freedom, peace and justice” is clear. It has worked to promote human rights and freedoms – through the repealing of the Public Order Law, agreement to open a UN Office for Human Rights and commitment to protect media freedom. It has prioritised peace talks, which are making progress in Juba. And it has started work on justice, through the dissolution of..

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    2019- The Year in Which Digital Diplomacy Research Came of Age

    When asked what is the enlightenment, Kant answered “Enlightened is man’s ascension from his self-imposed immaturity”. When reviewing the study of digital diplomacy, 2019 is the year of maturity. In 2015, scholars mainly asked who? Who manages the digital accounts of MFAs/embassies and multi-lateral missions? This was an important question. If digital diplomacy managers were former journalists, then perhaps diplomats viewed digital tools as new means for framing government communication. If, on the other hand, digital accounts were managed by social media wizards, then perhaps MFAs focused their efforts on attracting digital publics. An important activity given that without the public, one cannot practice diplomacy. Lastly, if digital accounts were managed by diplomats, then perhaps MFAs viewed Facebook and Twitter as foreign policy tools. Answers, we soon discovered, were diverse. While some MFAs hired former journalists, others hired social media experts while still others trained ve..

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    Pull Versus Push in Digital Diplomacy

    The Crimean Crisis has been regarded as a turning point in the relationship between Western Europe and Russia. The Crisis, which burst onto the scene in December of 2013, saw strongly worded tweets followed by troop convoys, financial sanctions and the expulsion of diplomats. In the wake of the Crisis, governments in Western Europe came to regard Russia, and not terrorism, as the greatest threat to national security. The new fault lines drawn around the Crimean Peninsula were soon evident in multi-lateral forums that were plagued by paralysis. A world in which Russia and Western Europe do not collaborate is one in which the Security Council is reduced to a debating society while UN agencies such as the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) are rendered irrelevant. Yet the Crimean Crisis was not just a diplomatic crisis. It was a digital crisis which forced diplomats and their institutions to re-conceptualize how they use digital technologies. Prior to the Crisis,..

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    Addressing corruption can even the playing field in an era of widening inequalities

    23 Dec 2019 — DFAT Addressing corruption can even the playing field in an era of widening inequalities By Valerie Cliff, Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Asia’s economic ascent over the past two decades has contributed to a dramatic transformation: steep decreases in poverty rates, soaring domestic consumption and better living standards for people at all levels of income. The Asia-Pacific region is slated to account for half of global output and 40 per cent of global consumption by 2040. This prosperity has coincided with ever-increasing concentrations of wealth and rising inequalities. How will the region lift the next 400 million people out of extreme poverty whilst dealing with the challenges posed by climate change, the impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, jobless growth and global economic volati..

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    A French pacifist, a British Embassy and a “British Schindler”

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 19th December 2019 Vienna, Austria A French pacifist, a British Embassy and a “British Schindler”It is the summer of 1914 and a political assassination has shocked Europe. Not the one you are thinking of – but one which will lead to a change of name for the street in Vienna on which the British Embassy sits – the Jaurèsgasse. French politician Jean Jaurès, sometimes described as “one of the first social democrats”, was assassinated in Paris at the outbreak of World War I. He is perhaps best remembered for his anti-militarism and attempts to avert the outbreak of the First World War. The Wikipedia article at the link includes poignant details including the fact that Jaurès was shot in the back by a French nationalist as he ate his dinner in the Café du Croissant on 31 July 1914. Austria-Hungary had declared war on..

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    Making the most out of migration

    18 Dec 2019 — DFAT Making the most out of migration By Jane Duke, Australia’s Ambassador to ASEAN 18 December is International Migrants Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the UN convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families. It’s a good time to take stock of how much migrant workers in our region contribute to societies, including Australia, through their work, skills and determination. They also contribute to economic growth and a stable region for all of us by sending money home. Every time I go to the airport in Jakarta, where I live, I see groups of Indonesian women and men preparing to leave abroad for work. They go to other ASEAN countries, especially Malaysia and Singapore, and further away to Hong Kong, Arab States and beyond. While their expectations, plans and backgrounds vary, one thing is common: they all hope to earn, save and send money home to build better futures for themselves and their families. Stories of migration and..

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    What the UK can learn from Australia on China (and more!)

    As we move into the third decade of ‘The Asian Century’, there is a dawning consciousness in Britain and across Europe of the complex challenges and opportunities compelled by the rise of China. While we are just beginning to understand the true nature of the consequences for our security and sovereignty, geographical realities and economic imperatives mean Australia is light years ahead on these issues. China continues to expand its reach and influence in Britain, across spheres of academia, finance, technology, infrastructure, energy, defence and diplomacy – yet it is clear that the freedoms of the market have not encouraged its leaders to gift the freedoms of democracy to its people. Recognising that its interests differ tremendously from our own, we must consider how best to seize the opportunities..

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    Cyber Security Challenge – SIN Bulgaria

    Skip to content Emilia Pecheva SIN Officer for Bulgaria and Romania Guest blogger for Rosie Duthie 17th December 2019 Cyber Security Challenge – SIN Bulgaria On 2-4 October 2019 I attended the 1st International scientific conference on Digital transformation, cyber security and resilience “DIGILIENCE” in Bulgaria. The event brought together international research and policy makers in cyber security to discuss the state of the art and future demands in the provision of security and resilience of processes, services and systems that are heavily reliant on information technologies. Key cyber security policy makers, EU and NATO representatives, leading practitioners from Bulgarian government, universities and research institutes were present which was a fantastic demonstration of the growing recognition and importance of cyber security. Everyone should understand that the cyberspace is borderless and no country is able to cope with the challenges alone. We need international mitigations ..

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    For better environment: Don’t Ignore! React!

    Skip to content Zaneta Trajkoska Director of the Institute of Communication Studies Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 13th December 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia For better environment: Don’t Ignore! React! “All of us should be persistent in our commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment, through self-criticism and timely and rapid response, towards addressing the effects of climate change. As President, I shall commit myself for policies for environmental protection and protection of the national biodiversity, and will support all civic initiatives that promote the public awareness on environment. It is up to us whether we shall live in a clean and healthy environment. That is why I call upon all of you all to join this joint mission and to leave a cleaner and safer country to the future generations in which they will live in.” This was emphasized by the President of North Macedonia in Skopje, at the November Climate Action Conference: to Pr..

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    SIN Spins up Flurry of UK-US Collaboration in Offshore Wind Energy Innovation Ahead of COP26

    Skip to content Karla Hagan Head of Science and Innovation Network, Washington, DC Guest blogger for Science and Innovation Network USA Part of Global Science and Innovation Network 12th December 2019 Science Innovation USA SIN Spins up Flurry of UK-US Collaboration in Offshore Wind Energy Innovation Ahead of COP26The UK’s global leadership in clean growth is clear. It is the first major economy to legislate for net-zero emissions by 2050, and in order to help developing countries take action the UK has committed to doubling International Climate Finance contributions by 2025. Within the clean energy sector, offshore wind energy deployment in the UK represents a whopping 34% of the world’s total installed capacity. As the UK prepares to host COP26 in partnership with Italy in November 2020, the Science and Innovation Network’s work in the US highlights UK expertise internationally, promotes global collective action, and furthers the deployment of clean energy in the United States. Cop..

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    Liverpool-Salzburg crunch match – who’d have thought? Plus: travel advice

    Liverpool-Salzburg crunch match – who’d have thought? Plus: travel advice Austria has been awarded a fantastic early Christmas present on 10 December. At 1755 local time on Tuesday night Liverpool will visit to play Red Bull Salzburg in the final game of the Champions’ League group stage. Both teams need a result: if Liverpool lose they are likely to go out of the competition. If Salzburg win, they go through. As a Manchester United fan I am in theory supposed to hate Liverpool, but somehow the wires have got crossed and I usually support Liverpool against any other team. Last season I several times enjoyed watching them in the Champions’ League at the Red Lion, a Liverpool supporters’ pub in the third district of Vienna. I’m also a big fan of Austrian football, which has many fi..

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    A Woman’s Place is in the House… of Parliament

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 5th December 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina A Woman’s Place is in the House… of Parliament Along with many others across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the UK Embassy is currently marking ’16 Days of Activism’ to combat violence against women. Why only 16 days, you might well ask, and what does this mean for the other 349? By giving this critical problem a defined period of focus, running from 25 November (International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), we shine a light on the different forms that violence against women takes, hoping to motivate and energise fighting this phenomenon all year round. I want now to concentrate on one particular aspect of violence against women, attacks targeted at those in public life, and politics in particular. What is the experience of women in the parliamentary ‘House’? Earlier this year, the Westminster Foundati..

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    Svaki treći računar koji obrađuje biometriju lica pokuša da ukrade podatke ili uspostavi daljinsku kontrolu

    Kako biste se zaštitili od potencijalnih rizika sajber napada, stručnjaci kompanije Kaspersky savetuju sledeće:

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    Disarmament blog: Towards a World Free of Land Mines

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament 4th December 2019 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: Towards a World Free of Land Mines The Norwegian capital Oslo is where, in September 1997, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) was concluded, and also where the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and its founder Jody Williams, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize the following year. So although the Convention is often known as the Ottawa Convention, after the city where the negotiations were opened in 1996 and where it was formally signed in December 1997, Oslo has a good claim to be at least one of its spiritual homes. It felt like a homecoming then when last week, the now 164 States Parties, along with observer States, international organisations and civil society, returned to Oslo for its 4th Review Conference. The Conference took stock of progress since the last Review Conference in Maputo in 2014, and adopt..

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    Greening the Macedonian environmental behaviour: Let’s try a proven approach

    Skip to content Besart Ljachi Chevening Scholar Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of Chevening Conversations UK in North Macedonia 3rd December 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia Greening the Macedonian environmental behaviour: Let’s try a proven approach It is that time of the year again. The air gets foggy and our vision blurry, but ironically, this is the time when we can clearly see (and smell) our most critical issue. According to the World Health Organization, around 2,574 deaths annually can be attributed to the air pollution. In addition, the World Bank has calculated a 250 million EUR price tag that this problem brings to our economy, which represents a cost equal to significant 3.2% of the GDP. In a true reflection of Chevening values, the Macedonian Chevening Alumni Association achieved to bring its expertise and network into play, aiming to address this grave issue. The “Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Behaviour” conference approached environmental behaviour f..

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    Floods in Pibor

    Skip to content Chris Trott UK Ambassador to South Sudan Part of UK in South Sudan 28th November 2019 Juba, South Sudan Floods in PiborImagine you are living in a country that is facing a major humanitarian crisis and a civil war. And then it starts raining. Not for a day or two but solidly, for months. The town you are living in, with a population of around 40,000 people, is one of the poorest and most remote in the country, and is situated on a flood plain. Gradually the water rises and you realise that unless you act quickly nothing is going to survive. So you abandon your home, build a series of mini dykes round the three highest spots in the town and then frantically try to prevent them from being breached as the water level slowly peaks. And then it sits there, for weeks on end. And you are crammed into the space of a school yard with 7,000 others trying to survive. But every journey involves waist deep water and a trudge through mud of the consistency of treacle. Everyone in th..

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    Floods

    Skip to content Chris Trott UK Ambassador to South Sudan Part of UK in South Sudan 28th November 2019 South Sudan FloodsImagine you are living in a country that is facing a major humanitarian crisis and a civil war. And then it starts raining. Not for a day or two but solidly, for months. The town you are living in, with a population of around 40,000 people, is one of the poorest and most remote in the country, and is situated on a flood plain. Gradually the water rises and you realise that unless you act quickly nothing is going to survive. So you abandon your home, build a series of mini dykes round the three highest spots in the town and then frantically try to prevent them from being breached as the water level slowly peaks. And then it sits there, for weeks on end. And you are crammed into the space of a school yard with 7,000 others trying to survive. But every journey involves waist deep water and a trudge through mud of the consistency of treacle. Everyone in the town is affec..

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    Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Behaviour

    Skip to content Frosina Antonovska Chevening Scholar Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of Chevening Conversations UK in North Macedonia 28th November 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Behaviour When it comes to tackling any of the environmental threats that humanity is faced with today, the first key challenge is to raise the awareness of the problem and the need for change of behaviour. This is a worldwide quest, and definitely not unique to the Western Balkan region. However, it is evident that Western Balkan countries are lagging behind in this process, and that they have many common issues to overcome. That is why we decided that the focus of the annual Macedonian Chevening Alumni Association (MCAA) conference this year should be exactly “Greening Western Balkan’s environmental behaviour”. We tried to tackle the key environmental awareness raising drivers from all relevant perspectives, beginning with the classical approach, and closi..

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    FINDING PULSARS: RADIO ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE OUTREACH IN RURAL CHINA

    Skip to content Alasdair Hamilton Head of Science and Innovation Team, British Embassy in Beijing Part of Global Science and Innovation Network 28th November 2019 Beijing, China FINDING PULSARS: RADIO ASTRONOMY & SPACE SCIENCE OUTREACH IN RURAL CHINAThe FAST Radio Telescope“The greatest danger facing us is ourselves, and irrational fear of the unknown. There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.” If you can identify this quote and who said it then you have done well. If not you may be surprised. I’ll come back with an answer to that at the end of this blog. There a lot to take way from these words, particularly the last three. Space does provide an irrational fear of the unknown, though mainly in the form of Sci-Fi in books, films and TV shows. It’s usually what gets children interested in space – I know I did through watching Star Wars and Star Trek. But children do have a wonderful curiosity about them and getting them intereste..

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    Institutional Challenges to Countering Disinformation

    Weaponized information campaigns emanating from Russia, China, Iran and non-state actors such as ISIS continue to threaten the United States and its allies at the close of the first decade of the 21st century. A new briefing paper published by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA) examines the institutional constraints behind the U.S.'s limited counter-strategies. Even though the U.S. State Department's Global Engagement Center (GEC) was given the authority to tackle state-sponsored disinformation in 2016, efforts still remain scattered throughout U.S. government agencies. International cooperation is needed, the paper says, to make up for the lack of an integrated U.S. strategy. New policies, coordination plans and collaboration with the private sector will be needed to bolster U.S. efforts against disinformation campaigns. "The lack of a strategy and an effective interagency coordina..

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    Digitalna i medijska nepismenost su glavni uzroci porasta verovanja u dezinformacije

    Jedna od najčešćih posledica digitalne nepismenosti su roditelji koji znaju manje od svoje dece o kompjuterima i internetu

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    Climate change and plastic free environments – we are all responsible to #ActGreen

    Skip to content UK in North Macedonia Part of #BeyondPlastic UK in North Macedonia 18th November 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia Climate change and plastic free environments – we are all responsible to #ActGreen Introduction by Her Majesty’s Ambassador Rachel Galloway, British Embassy Skopje: Climate change presents an existential risk to global prosperity & security, and I am proud that the UK are leading in the fight to protect our environment. This year, we have become one of the first major economies to commit to ending our contribution to climate change altogether by reducing our emissions to net zero by 2050. This is consistent with the science of what is needed globally to avoid dangerous climate change. The next Climate Change Conference (COP25) will take place in December and we will post a series of environmental related blogs by some guest bloggers to share information & ideas. Next year, the UK has successfully bid to co-host with Italy the 2020 Climate Change Conference (COP..

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    Kosovo under Nazi Germany: Nazi-Created Albanian Security Forces in Kosovo during World War II

    Albanian popular support for fascism and Nazism was widespread. Nazi Germany exploited the Greater Albania nationalist ideology to gain popular support for the Nazi German occupation of Kosovo.

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    New face of diplomacy in a digital world

    The use of social media in politics becomes a major player in building consensus. The new technologies have deeply affected the working methods of diplomats and their communication style, says H.E. Stefano Baldi, Ambassador of Italy in Bulgaria, in an interview to Europost.

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    Turkey, China to fight dark propaganda spread through media

    Turkey and China will fight the spread of propaganda through the media together, Turkey's Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said on Wednesday.

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    The Downside of Digital Diplomacy: Life in the Age of Constant Surveillance

    Philosophers and political theorists have argued that the goal of every society is complete control. This is also true of democratic societies and herein lies the tension of every democracy. That a government is elected by people to manage its affairs. Yet soon that very government strives to control its citizenry. Free people thus freely put on the shackles of their domination. In the digital age, control is gained through data. Governments have at their disposal swarms of data gathered on every citizens ranging from his/her blood pressure, as monitored by HMOs, to his/her credit history, as reviewed by banks. Information that cannot be accessed by governments, soon surrenders to their authority. Such was the case when Facebook allowed US intelligence agencies to access its databases. Notably, Facebook’s is perhaps the most invasive, sensitive and awesome database ever created. Using its algorithms, Facebook is able to deduce one’s political affiliation, sexual orientation, health st..

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    British education: major visa reform for post-study visas

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 4th November 2019 Vienna, Austria British education: major visa reform for post-study visas I commend a recent British Council blog, written by Education Director Maddalaine Ansell. Ms Ansell writes about the major reform to post-work study visas for international students which the UK Government has announced will enter into force from 2020. “From next year,” she writes, “students graduating from British higher education institutions with at least an undergraduate degree can apply to stay for two years to work or seek work. If they find skilled work, they can switch into the skilled workers immigration route, which can lead to permanent settlement in the UK.” The change will not directly affect Austrian students, who can already study in the UK for courses starting in the 2020-21 academic year on the same basis ..

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    Twitter's Role in CPEC & China-Pakistan Relations

    "The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in Social Media: A Critical Discourse Analysis" analyzes the strong role of Twitter in shaping Pakistan's positive national narrative of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the portion of China's Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) that cuts directly through Pakistan, border-to-border. The authors note that Pakistan's population of 200+ million people is one of the world's largest and fastest-growing social media audiences. “In nearly 70 years of friendship and close cooperation between China and Pakistan, the CPEC has emerged as a climax bringing both countries closer through greater Chinese investment under the BRI," write Ahmed, Rojratanakiat and Taekasem. "Twitter..

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    Foreign Interference in Elections – should we be concerned?

    Foreign interference in elections: we’ve heard the uproar, read the investigations, and fretted about it at the polling booth. But what lessons have we learned since 2016, and just how worried should we really be? The British Foreign Policy Group presents a lively and provocative panel discussion of experts, exploring the nature and role that foreign interference could play in the forthcoming British and American national elections. Looking at the situation here in Britain, and across the pond to the 2020 US Presidential elections, our panelists will debate how much of a risk foreign interference presents, and discuss how to implement policies to tackle this defining problem in modern democracies. Panelists: Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science and auth..

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    The Government Art Collection in Vienna

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 31st October 2019 Vienna, Austria The Government Art Collection in Vienna The Duke of Wellington stares across the room towards a distant Queen Victoria, while Emperor Franz Josef – sash, ‘tache and all – observes impassively. Not the plot of a historical novel, but the paintings in the dining room at the ambassador’s residence in Vienna. Works from the Government Art Collection (GAC) are displayed in UK Government buildings in nearly every capital city, making it the most dispersed collection of British art in the world. The Collection promotes British art and plays a key role in British cultural diplomacy, delivering an expression of Britain’s culture and its values. Nowhere is this more relevant than in Vienna, a city where appreciation of art and culture flows through everyday life; and where our continuing ..

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    Fejsbuk obrisao naloge, stranice i grupe iz Rusije

    „Fejsbuk“ je uklonio je tri mreže naloga, stranica i grupa iz Rusije koje su orijentisane na afričke zemlje zbog „stranog mešanja“, navodi se u saopštenju te kompanije.

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    Revolucija na društvenim mrežama: Tviter zabranio političke oglase

    Kompanija „Tviter“ objavila je da zabranjuje sve političke oglase na toj društvenoj mreži. „Domet takvih poruka treba da bude zaslužen, a ne kupljen“, objavio je direktor kompanije Džek Dorsi u seriji tvitova upravo na toj društvenoj mreži.

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    Mostar deserves better

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 31st October 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar deserves better The British Embassy recently moved its whole operation down to Mostar for a day. In addition to many other activities across the city, we set up a ‘pop-up’ reception in front of the Mepas Mall. This gave the chance for different teams to explain our work – defence cooperation, education, projects, scholarships, consular support, political work, and commercial – to people as they stopped by. Just as importantly, it gave us the chance to ask the citizens of Mostar about their priorities for themselves and the city, the kinds of things that they would like to see change. This is a question we as an Embassy have been asking ourselves and others since I arrived, to try to make sure that our priorities and assistance programmes properly match with the change people in this country want to see. The citizens of BiH are the best judges of how to imp..

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    MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

    Skip to content Paul Brummell Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Communication Directorate 30th October 2019 London,UK MIND YOUR LANGUAGE The Indigenous Peoples’ Memorial is one of the many striking buildings in the Brazilian capital designed by the prolific modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer. Built in a spiral-shaped design around a central courtyard it was apparently inspired by a Yanomami house. In truth, the building is looking a little the worse for wear. The permanent collection was closed when I visited while on holiday in August, but it was still a worthwhile visit, thanks to a display in that central courtyard, installed to commemorate the UN designation of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Entitled “the Forest of Indigenous Languages”, from the sand-covered courtyard sprouted many wooden poles, each representing a different indigenous language. The poles were of varying heights, since to a standard-height base had been added an addition..

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    Increasing ROI in Digital Diplomacy

    In recent years, digitalization has swept through diplomatic institutions altering diplomats’ working routines, norms, values and working procedures. In less than a decade, Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFA) have migrated to social media, launched virtual embassies, written algorithms, created smartphone applications and conducted consular simulations. Some MFAs have been able to invest substantial resources in their digital evolution creating dedicated digital departments and appointing digital Ambassadors. Yet for smaller, and ‘poorer’ MFAs, digitalization serves as a major challenge. Indeed, in many MFAs, digital diplomacy departments are overstretched, undermanned and forced to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances. Shrinking government resources, alongside growing expectations, could suggest that additional MFAs will soon be struggling to keep up with digital changes ranging from the launching of new social media networks to the rise of 5G communications. The question is how c..

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    France Regains #1 Spot: The 2019 Soft Power 30

    France Regains #1 Spot: The 2019 Soft Power 30 Oct 24, 2019 France tops the rankings of the newly released 2019 Soft Power 30 index and report, released jointly by strategic communications consultancy Portland Communications, Facebook and CPD. "France reclaims its top spot after a mixed year for the French government," reads the report. "[Macron] doubtless been strengthened by an economy growing at a faster clip than most large, developed countries." The Soft Power 30 methodology considers the following factors when ranking a country's soft power strength: enterprise, culture, digital, government, engagement and education. The release is accompanied by a report that includes dozens of essays by leading experts in soft power, nation branding, global communications and beyond. Now analyzing countries' performance during 2018, the index has seen the U.S. dropping annually in the rankings since the 2015 analysis, when the U.S. placed first. Here's a glance at the top..

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    White trees, blue skies and a green plan

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 25th October 2019 Vienna, Austria White trees, blue skies and a green plan Have you ever wondered why the trees are painted white in Vienna? To stop cars running into them, protect them from dogs? The special paint protects new bark from the summer sun! Woodland trees don’t require sun cream but the intense environments of our cities means it’s not only humans who need protection from harmful rays. I recently had a wonderful opportunity to meet Austria-based British Tree Surgeon Martin Speariett, whilst he was dangling precariously from a Robinia tree he had been pruning in the Embassy’s garden. He said that increasing the amount of ‘green coverage’ in cities helped regulate temperature and reduce air pollution. More trees meant cleaner air but, in man-made environments, we were responsible for keeping the trees ..

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    Kusturica i njegov bend digli sedište Uneska na noge

    Emir Kusturica i njegov „No smoking orkestra“ održali su večeras u prepunoj sali u sedištu Uneska u Parizu spektakularan koncert i podigli na noge publiku, uglavnom strane diplomate iz celog sveta i članove delegacija u toj međunarodnoj organizaciji. Oko 1.200 zvanica sa ushićenjem i ovacijama pozdravilo je Kusturicu i njegov bend, a oni su, obučeni kao meksički oficiri, briljirali na sceni Uneska.

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    Food and Power

    The Oxford Food Symposium has not always held an obvious link to foreign policy, but diplomacy was there at its conception. It was co-founded by a diplomat named Alan Davidson, whose Foreign Office career ended as Ambassador to Laos in the early 1970s. It was while on a posting to Tunisia that Davidson, frustrated at the lack of a decent book on the local seafood, embarked on a parallel career as a food writer, with Seafish of Tunisia and the Central Mediterranean. Food guru Elizabeth David took the book under her wing, or perhaps fin, and it reappeared in expanded form as a Penguin publication with the snappier title Mediterranean Seafood. Following his retirement from the Foreign Office, Davidson spent an academic year at St Anthony’s Oxford in the late 1970s, conducting research on science in the kitchen from an historical perspective..

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    Americans and Russians Should Be Friends—Even if Their Countries Aren’t

    Public diplomacy—or official efforts to inform and influence foreign public audiences—has been an essential component of U.S. efforts to build stronger bonds with the Russian people since the end of World War II

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    First Impressions

    This is the first chance that I have had to sit and reflect upon my first month in a new home, a new city, and a new role as UK Ambassador to Serbia.

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    First Impressions

    Skip to content Sian MacLeod UK Ambassador to Serbia Part of UK in Serbia 18th October 2019 Belgrade, Serbia First Impressions It’s a beautiful October day as I write. As I sit in my Belgrade garden I see clouds of newly hatched late ladybirds, the first yellow leaves shaken by a mild breeze, warm weak sunshine and distant haze. Around me the hum of urban life is punctuated by hammering and bursts of drilling from nearby building sites. This is the first chance that I have had to sit and reflect upon my first month in a new home, a new city, and a new role as UK Ambassador to Serbia. I have travelled widely as a diplomat for over thirty years, but my first visit to Belgrade was as a music student crossing Europe by train sleeping in stations, on beaches, with an old rucksack and a very small tent on my back. I remember the fields of sunflowers, the buses and the cobble stones of Skadarlija. This summer I set out again by train from my home corner of rural England, heading for a region..

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    Working together is key to strengthening resilience across the Asia-Pacific

    18 Oct 2019 — DFAT Working together is key to strengthening resilience across the Asia-Pacific This year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, or “DRR Day”, is a time to reflect on how risk-informed development can minimise the impacts of natural hazards on our communities. Urbanisation and climate change mean that disaster risk reduction is more important than ever. To solve these complex problems we need coordinated and clever solutions. It’s a challenge most Australians are all too familiar with. It’s also something our neighbours across the region are grappling with. Australia sits in the centre of the Asia-Pacific, the world’s most disaster-exposed region. A person living in the Asia-Pacific is almost twice as likely to be affected by a disaster as a person living in Africa. We share common issues and challenges with our Asia-Pacific partners, especially our range of rural, remote, urban and coastal communities and our increasing exposure to highly vola..

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    Better than Hal: UK companies applying AI to the space industry

    Skip to content Nick Hooper Part of Global Science and Innovation Network UK in USA 18th October 2019 Los Angeles, USA Better than Hal: UK companies applying AI to the space industryIn March, the Science and Innovation Network, DIT, and Innovate UK led a Global Expert Mission to US robotics centers of excellence. The UK-USA Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) in Extreme Environments delegation spent a week in Los Angeles, San Diego and Houston, meeting with a variety of potential partners in space, oceans and nuclear robotics. Since then, Ahmed Hadid from Hybird Tech has spent the summer in Los Angeles. Find out why…

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    Discovering Austria through Hiking in the Fog

    Skip to content Nerys Jones Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Vienna Guest blogger for Leigh Turner Part of UK in Austria 17th October 2019 Vienna, Austria Discovering Austria through Hiking in the Fog “Are you getting out?” “Yes”, I replied. “I’m getting out of the cable car. And the Prime Minister has made clear we will leave the EU on 31 October.“ I never thought I would have to explain British Government policy whilst trying to jump out of a moving cable car. But perhaps it helps. Part of our job as diplomats is to understand, and influence, Austria. That means meeting, and understanding, Austrians. That is why I recently accepted an invitation to join a group of diplomats, politicians and business leaders at the 10th Wirtschaftswanderung (business hike) in Kitzbühel. In its first ten years, the hike has also raised over Euro 200,000 for the ‘Netzwerk Tirol hilft’, a regional charitable organisation that provides immediate emergency support to those in need in Tyrol. Diploma..

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    Twitter bans thousands of state-backed accounts spreading misinformation

    Twitter has suspended thousands of accounts linked with state-backed misinformation campaigns. In a transparency report shared today, Twitter says it removed 4,248 accounts from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 273 accounts from the UAE and Egypt, 1,019 accounts based in Ecuador, 265 accounts from Spain and six accounts from Saudi Arabia.

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    Healthcare for UK nationals in Austria after Brexit

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 15th October 2019 Vienna, Austria Healthcare for UK nationals in Austria after Brexit The UK is preparing to leave the EU on 31st October. If there is a deal, your current rights as a resident of Austria will remain the same, as long as you remain resident in Austria. If there is no deal, your access to healthcare may change. The UK Government is working hard to secure healthcare arrangements if we leave the EU without a deal, but there are actions you should take now. The first thing you need to do is to review your healthcare cover and make sure you understand how you are currently insured. After Brexit, the large majority of UK nationals living and working here in Austria will continue to be covered as before – for example anyone who works here and pays, or has paid, into an Austrian Krankenkasse. But, if you ..

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    India and the UK join forces for Affordable Approaches to Cancer – Funding for Seven Research Challenges open now!

    Skip to content Nick Grant Executive Director, Strategy and International Partnerships at Cancer Research UK Guest blogger for Rosie Duthie Part of Global Science and Innovation Network 15th October 2019 Science and Innovation Network India and the UK join forces for Affordable Approaches to Cancer – Funding for Seven Research Challenges open now! Late last year, just over 60 leading cancer experts from India and the UK gathered in Delhi for 2 days. They were attending a researchers’ summit with one important aim: to identify the core research challenges in developing affordable approaches to the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. During those 2 days in India, the foundations were laid for the ‘Affordable Approaches to Cancer’ initiative, a partnership between Cancer Research UK and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT). This new partnership aims to bring together the best and brightest of the British and Indian scientific communities to address the biggest cance..

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    Bitola Babam Bitola

    Skip to content Rachel Galloway British Ambassador Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 15th October 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia Bitola Babam Bitola In pursuing my goal of visiting local cities and exploring local communities, last week my destination was Bitola city. While on the road, I was excited to learn a few words and expressions in the local dialect as I had heard so much about its uniqueness. Fortunately, my first attempts were mostly well received by the local people and the twitter community. My first visit was at “Todor Angelevski” primary school. I was privileged tobe warmly welcomed by the pupils at the school’s entrance and witness their dancing skills. The class work was extremely interesting particularly seeing the youngest children expressing emotions using their coding skills developed as part of our 21st Century Schools project. The main reasons why this month we choose to visit Bitola, was the official opening of the small group ..

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    Turkey summons US diplomat over a Twitter ‘like’

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, talks to to supporters during an event in Ankara, Turkey, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Erdogan threatened Saturday to launch a solo military operation into northeastern Syria, where U.S. troops are deployed and have been trying to defuse tension between its NATO ally and Syrian Kurdish forces. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

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    The Bear and The Catapult

    Skip to content Stephen Brennan Consul, Science and Innovation, Shanghai Part of Global Science and Innovation Network 14th October 2019 Shanghai, China The Bear and The Catapult OK, now I’ve got your attention I should point out that the headline refers to Sir Michael Bear, former Lord Mayor of London and senior advisor to the Connected Places Catapult. Sir Michael was joined by Connected Places Catapult chief executive Nicola Yates OBE, and 5 UK SMEs on a recent mission to China, which was supported by the Science and Innovation Network (SIN). The theme of the mission was “Connected Places”, which covers “connected” technologies in areas such as transport, infrastructure and sensing. The five companies that took part in the mission all provide innovative products aligned to this theme.” So what types of technology and companies are involved with Connected Places? Below is a brief synopsis of each company and what they do. ELAD Network – ELAD Network is a Blockchain based estate agen..

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    What is Chevening?

    Skip to content Paul Brummell Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Communication Directorate 13th October 2019 London,UK What is Chevening? It was great to have the opportunity to speak to our 1,750 new Chevening Scholars yesterday at the exuberant event that is Chevening Orientation. This is what I said. What is Chevening? Chevening is a place. It is a large rural mansion house in the English county of Kent, to the south-east of London, built in the early 17th century. The story of how this country house gave its name to the Chevening scholarships programme is closely linked to the history of an English aristocratic family named Stanhope. The title of Earl Stanhope was created in 1718 for James Stanhope, a prominent military commander who then pursued a career as a politician, supporting the Hanoverian Succession and thus the reign of King George I. He became Prime Minister in all but name, and indeed he is sometimes described as Britain’s first Prime Minister, a title..

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    Mobile Consular Service in Hawassa, Ethiopia

    Approximately, 350 Sri Lankans attended the mobile consular service and the activities of the day included processing of applications for new passports, attestation of documents, police clearance certificates, issues pertaining to lost passports, assistance with regard to employment in Ethiopia, compensation and repatriation related issues of migrant workers and certification of application forms to open NRFC accounts in Sri Lanka.

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    UK funded project on integrating conventional arms control with conflict prevention gets started

    Skip to content Simon Cleobury UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament 11th October 2019 Geneva, Switzerland UK funded project on integrating conventional arms control with conflict prevention gets started I am delighted to announce that the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) project that I mentioned in my previous blog on integrating conventional arms control into the UN’s conflict prevention and management activities got underway this month. The United Kingdom has provided seed funding to UNIDIR to get the project started. The project will address the continued underuse of conventional arms control treaties and frameworks in preventing, managing and resolving modern conflicts. It will look at ways of better integrating understanding of conventional arms control into United Nations peace making and peacebuilding processes. This will include: Furthering understanding on the connections between conventional arms control and conflict p..

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    Evropski parlament poziva društvene mreže: Borite se protiv opasne ruske propagande

    Uprkos čestim saopštenjima iz EU „o pretnji ruske propagande“, Evropska komisija je u svom izveštaju od juna ove godine priznala da nije otkrila znakove javne kampanje dezinformacija spolja, kada je reč o izborima za Evropski parlament, iako su izvestili o pokušajima „nekih ruskih izvora“ da utiču na izbor birača.

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    A letter to all Libyans

    Skip to content Nicholas Hopton Head of UK Embassy to Libya 9th October 2019 Tripoli, Libya A letter to all Libyans By way of introduction, I am Nicholas Hopton the new Chargé d’Affairs at the British Embassy Tripoli. I am delighted to take up this job at such a crucial time. There is a lot of important work to do to improve the situation in your country. The top three things I’m focussing on are: Ending violence. The war in North West Libya is having a devastating impact on ordinary Libyans. It is achieving nothing, just causing death and destruction. Violence elsewhere in the country – in the south and east – is also unacceptable. My team and I will continue to work closely with UNSMIL, supporting their important work. You have gone through a lot and I hope that we can move towards peace.Charting a path to greater stability. People must feel they can trust each other and their state institutions. Stable politics should give people faith that they are getting a say in (but not a veto..

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    Chennai Soft Power 30

    Based in Chennai, one of Indias cultural capitals, the Center for Soft Power (CSP) is an India Foundation institute that studies and researches Indian soft power, mapping along the way the wide diversity of cultural forms present in the country. Lately, the Center has embarked on a unique project titled Chennai Soft Power 30, which seeks to document and interview 30 of Chennai's most internationally recognized performing artists in the fields of music and dance. The videos below look at the journey of some of Chennai's top-performers and explain how they have spread Indian culture globally through their art. This video features an interview with dance couple Renjith and Vijna who have toured the world performing Indian folk dances. The original video can be found on the Center for Soft Power's Youtube channel here. This one features an interview with Grammy nominated bamboo flute maestro Shashank Subramanyam, who has col..

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    Upoznajte ljude koji brišu komentare na društvenim mrežama

    Sve veća armija moderatora ima nezavidni zadatak da proseje sve to, ponekad po veliku cenu za njihovo mentalno zdravlje.

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    Zombie Wonderland

    Skip to content Bob Last Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team 7th October 2019 Geneva, Switzerland Zombie Wonderland Council sessions often drive a temporary wedge between delegates and their families. The heavy hours estrange us from our partners and children and conversations tend to become rushed and reduced to topics of basic functional necessity. So I was slightly thrown when my son wouldn’t let me get out of the door early one morning until I’d given him an answer to a question of pressing urgency: would I rather fight a chicken-sized zombie or a zombie-sized chicken? It was a question that kept coming back to me as we slogged our way through the voting on the final days of the session. By the time we’d hit the third of three heavily sleep-deprived weeks, I felt much more zombie-like than human and, judging by the wild-eyed stares and sallow complexion of most of my colleagues in the Council chamber, I wasn’t alone. Slowly reducing people to an undead resemblance of their form..

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    “Our Planet: Our Business” – what you can do

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 7th October 2019 Vienna, Austria “Our Planet: Our Business” – what you can do What climate-induced catastrophes might a child born today experience? Such a child might see the disappearance of insects and pollinators. During the child’s lifetime, plant and animal species will be wiped out and crops could fail. This child may watch the coral reefs bleach and die. She or he will wonder why the adults of today could not have done more. What can, and should, businesses be doing right now? The UK was the first G7 country to adopt a legally binding Net Zero emissions target. In 2020 the UK has been nominated to host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, “COP 26”, which will take an ‘all of society’ approach to action. The UK has doubled its commitment to the Green Climate Fund, pledging £1.44bn for the next period. La..

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    World cancer Research Day 2019: UK Encouraging Relationships with US Cancer Research Hotspots

    Skip to content William Janowski SIN Officer, Houston Guest blogger for Rosie Duthie Part of Global Science and Innovation Network UK in USA 7th October 2019 USA World cancer Research Day 2019: UK Encouraging Relationships with US Cancer Research Hotspots Cancer is an international problem, requires international solutions! Glad to hear Houston’s Richard Hyde & CPRIT’s CEO Wayne Roberts talk about the value of UK & TX collaboration on the challenge!World Cancer Research Day 2019: UK Encouraging Relationships with US Cancer Research Hotspots No matter your background, the social and economic impacts of cancer are far-reaching. The chances are that cancer impacts somebody you know or love. In the fight against cancer, cutting-edge research takes place both here in the UK and internationally in the US. Such scientific research promises long-term solutions to global challenges. Revealing how this devastating disease will continue to increase globally over the next 20 years, we will take a..

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    Shortwave Radio: Reaching Dissidents in China? Good theory, but…

    Shortwave radio was a mainstay of international news and information programs. It was the “new media” embraced to bypass and overcome the censorship of cables, the “old media.” This was particularly true in the United States. Radio broadcasting was seen as such an important and critical element to our national security a century ago that the Secretary of the Navy, a newspaper owner interested in the psychological defense of the nation, tried several times to nationalize wireless transmitters. He may have failed, but he contributed to forcing a British firm to sell their U.S. broadcasting assets which became the Radio Corporation of America. Indicative of the importance of the medium, RCA voting stock could only be owned by U.S. citizens, a restriction that was not removed until the 1980s. Shortwave radio was used by nations for engagement, to distribute news and information to faraway places. It is not surprising then to see a new article urging the use of shortwave today to penetrat..

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    The Banality of Soft Power

    what is Soft Power in the 21st century? It is the ability to manage the normative associations that a state evokes so that a state is seen as a desirable partner for creating temporary coalitions or permanent alliances.

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    Diplomats on Facebook

    What conditions make Facebook a productive digital diplomacy tool? In a new article published in The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, CPD Contributing Scholar Dr. Damien Spry examines how ministries of foreign affairs have used Facebook to connect with audiences in several locations across Asia-Pacific. Specifically, Spry takes a look at the environmental, institutional, algorithmic and audience factors behind the use of Facebook for digital diplomacy. He finds that the institutional factors that compel ministries to post certain types of content do not always match the audience factors that drive engagement on the platform. For public diplomats seeking to craft meaningful engagement, considering what is immediately useful or emotionally resonant to target audiences may be what is needed to make Facebook an important diplomacy tool. Spry writes: "MFAs can, therefore, unburden themselves from unrealistic expectations that Facebook can be a forum for..

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    Disarmament blog: nuclear transparency in action

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Part of Conference on Disarmament 4th October 2019 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: nuclear transparency in action The three principles of disarmament are usually held to be verifiability, irreversibility and transparency. Transparency underpins the other two principles. You can’t tell whether what’s been done is irreversible unless you can verify it; you can’t verify it unless it’s transparent. As such, transparency, often in the shape of reporting by States Parties, is a key obligation of many disarmament, arms control and non-proliferation treaties. Submitting national reports to NPT RevCons is a fairly recent innovation, designed to help States Parties to review how commitments undertaken under the NPT are being implemented. There’s particular interest of course in the reports of the five Nuclear Weapon States, who in 2013 adopted a common framework for their reports to ma..

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    Japan welcomes the Rugby World Cup

    Skip to content Paul Madden British Ambassador to Japan 4th October 2019 Tokyo, Japan Japan welcomes the Rugby World Cup Well, the Rugby World Cup is underway at last. With four teams to support: England, Scotland, Wales and – together with the Irish Embassy – the all of Ireland team; and 50,000 British fans here, it’s a really busy time for the whole embassy. And following Japan’s historic victory over Ireland, the whole country is going rugby crazy. We put out a lot of useful travel advice for visiting fans on our digital media, as part of the Foreign Office’s Travel Aware guidance. We keep this regularly updated, for example when there were warnings of a typhoon potentially hitting Sapporo, which would have significantly disrupted fans’ travel plans. Fortunately the typhoon veered off. And we’ve used the brilliant London-based Japanese stand-up comedian Yuriko Kotani, to make a series of funny videos about aspects of Japanese culture that visitors should be aware of. For example, J..

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    The hometown of Kocho Racin, a place of poetry, culture, history and tradition – my first visit to Veles

    The hometown of Kocho Racin, a place of poetry, culture, history and tradition – my first visit to Veles Last week, I travelled only a short distance from Skopje to visit Veles. It was a packed day as there was a lot to discuss and a lot of people to see and meet. Although Veles has a rich cultural history, our conversations were focussed on its future. Mayor Ace Kocevski talked about his plans for the development of the city and increased investment and the necessity of public administration reforms and decentralisation to allow the municipalities to deliver for their citizens. The UK is working with the Ministry for Information Society and Administration in support of the reform of the public administration. But delivering this across the country will be a challenging task and needs the engagement of the municipalities. I d..

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    Brexit outreach events in Austria

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 3rd October 2019 Vienna, Austria Brexit outreach events in Austria You may have seen on social media in recent weeks that the embassy is organising another round of Brexit events around Austria. Previous events (we have done 17 so far) have been an important opportunity for us to share information with British nationals in Austria and to hear about your experiences. This next round of events will start on Friday 18th October in Innsbruck. We plan later events in Salzburg, Vienna, Graz, Klagenfurt and Linz. To make sure places are available for people who are able to attend, registration will open at midday, a fortnight before each event. We are using different registration software this time – Eventbrite – based on your feedback from the last round of events. You can register your interest in the events now, and ..

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    Uspon i pad američke meke moći u Jugoslaviji i Srbiji

    Amerika, kao vodeća sila 20. veka, sticala je svoju premoć na različite načine – dominirala je svetom vojno, ekonomski i tehnološki, a svoj uticaj je ostvarivala i kroz meku moć.

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    U.S. Democracy Promotion & the Arab World

    U.S. Democracy Promotion & the Arab World Sep 17, 2019 Years after the launch of a “Freedom Agenda” by the Bush administration, the Arab Spring led the U.S. to see new opportunities for democracy promotion in the Arab world. In a new book, CPD Research Fellow Mieczysław Boduszyński takes a look at the policy behind, and implications of, U.S. democracy promotion in the Arab world in the years following 2011. In addition to delving into where, why and how the U.S. executes democracy promotion as a part of its foreign policy, Boduszyński explains the trajectory of U.S. policy and examines the context from which it emerged. "The policy was frequently reactive and inconsistent, with a mismatch between rhetoric and action," Boduszyński writes in the book's first chapter. "After 2013, the general trajectory of the policy was clear: from an initial embrace of the protests and their aspirations, to a noble but restrained effort to push a democratic transition, and finally to a loss..

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    Sport and Soft Power at Big Tent Ideas Festival 2019

    On Saturday, 31st August the British Foreign Policy Group hosted a panel discussion on ‘Sport and Soft Power’ at Big Tent Ideas Festival, Mudchute Farm, Isle of Dogs. The panel explored the role that sport and sports players can play in UK diplomacy and how best the UK can harness its soft power reserves to boost its international standing. Bringing together the journalist and author Mihir Bose (Chair), Dr Sarah Zipp of the University of Sterling, and Stuart Meaker, Surrey and England Cricketer, the discussion explored these questions and what impact Brexit will have on Britain’s position as a ‘Soft Power Superpower’. You can watch excerpts of the discussions below. Watch: Sport and Soft PowerThe views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the BFPG. The BFPG is an independent not for profit organisation that encourages construct..

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    A British Foreign Policy with a Digital Strategy

    27 Aug A British Foreign Policy with a Digital Strategy Posted at 11:27h in Diplomacy & Soft Power, UK Perspectives by Will Sowter Emerging technologies have produced a profound transformation in global politics over the last two decades. To take one example, in June the United States launched a cyber attack on Iranian weapons systems in retaliation to Iran shooting down an American drone. The regularity of these kinds of attacks by our adversaries as well as our allies is just one way in which digital technology has reshaped the landscape for British foreign policy. But these changes also bring opportunities for the UK internationally. Digital technology has the potential to make the work of British foreign policymakers significantly more efficient. Specifically, data capture and analysis has a role to play in demonstrating the value of diplomacy. The case for properly sustaining and protecting the Foreign Office’s funding would be far more convincing if the work of this department h..

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    A Tam O’Shanter in Vienna

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 24th September 2019 Vienna, Austria A Tam O’Shanter in ViennaThe headgear is a subtle grey with a bright blue bobble. It sits aslant the head, keeping you warm and dry. I was delighted recently to attend the HQ of the London Scottish Regiment in Westminster to be awarded with a “Hodden Grey Tam O’Shanter”. How did this happen? The story begins with my decision in January 2018 to wear my kilt to Austrian President Van der Bellen’s annual diplomatic reception for ambassadors. This was the second time I had attended the reception. Both times, inspired by my Danish colleague in Vienna, I had cycled to the event rather than taking an official car. The second time, I had cycled in my kilt. The combination appealed to people, including President Van der Bellen himself (who is a keen environmentalist). In January 2019, ..

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    Ambasciata d’Italia a Belgrado. La regina delle Ambasciate

    Ambasciata d’Italia a Belgrado. La regina delle Ambasciate (Tipografia Gama, Belgrado, 2016, pp. 73). E' un libro fotografico che celebra i novanta anni dalla costruzione dell'edificio (1926 - 2016), proponendosi di valorizzare la storia dei rapporti tra i due Paesi, attraverso l'illustrazione di un luogo e della sua vita, della relazione tra valori simbolici e attività funzionali dentro e fuori dell'edificio che ha segnato  la presenza italiana in Serbia.

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    PLEASED AS PUNCH

    Skip to content Paul Brummell Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Communication Directorate 23rd September 2019 London,UK PLEASED AS PUNCH We missed Special Guest Star Bobby Davro, who had opened the Hotham Park Country Fair in Bognor Regis, but watching the Punch and Judy show at the fair felt like a rite of passage for our five-year old son, George, in the company of his parents and great aunt and uncle. The show was put together by Professor Hazee, aka children’s entertainer Crazee Hazee, and in the time-honoured fashion featured a series of sketches involving squeaky-voiced Punch and another character: Judy, the baby, the crocodile, the policeman… As George quickly learnt the correct response of “oh, no, it isn’t!” to Punch’s “oh, yes, it is!”, it felt as though he was being inducted in Englishness. Punch and Judy indeed appeared in the list of the first twelve icons of England selected as part of the ICONS project in 2006, commissioned by the Department of Culture..

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    Badly Opened Boxes

    Skip to content Bob Last Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team 23rd September 2019 Geneva, Switzerland Badly Opened Boxes There are different ways to open boxes of breakfast cereal. When my wife does it, the box looks like it’s been magically opened by a graceful spell – the packaging remains in pristine condition and the re-sealable cardboard tag slides effortlessly into its allotted place. Whenever I do it, it looks like a pack of ravenous velociraptors have erupted into our kitchen in desperate need of coco pops. This session of the Council feels like one that I was tasked with opening the box for. Whoever I’ve spoken to over the last couple of weeks about how things are going has given me a weary sigh and summed it up with the same word – messy. Preparation is so often the key to success, but the short gap since the previous session in July has left many here struggling to manage a surprisingly large number of tricky resolutions. Many of these are on situations which are hugely s..

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    12 months in Lebanon: ‘It can sometimes be hard to stay optimistic … but here’s why I do’

    Skip to content Chris Rampling MBE British Ambassador to Lebanon Part of Digital Diplomacy FCO Travel Partners in Prosperity Shoulder to Shoulder UK in Lebanon 20th September 2019 Beirut, Lebanon 12 months in Lebanon: ‘It can sometimes be hard to stay optimistic … but here’s why I do’ This time last year was one of the highlights of my career – presenting Queen Elizabeth’s letter to President Aoun that nominated me as Ambassador. The anniversary has allowed reflection on the year: for Lebanon, and for the UK. My first 12 months in Lebanon has been remarkable. Rolls Royce and MEA signed our largest ever bilateral trade deal. I met the 10,000th Lebanese soldier trained by the UK, and one of the UK’s most modern naval frigates came to Beirut. We hosted the first official visit by a British Royal, and partnered with the National Library for a stunning celebration of the UK in Lebanon. I have seen the results of our sustained work with women in Parliament, on community policing in Beirut, ..

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    Outstanding British food and drink in Vienna

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna Part of UK in Austria 17th September 2019 Vienna, Austria Outstanding British food and drink in Vienna ‘You should try this English sparkling wine.’ ‘Really? Is it any good?’ ‘Try some. Make your own mind up.’ ‘OK.’ (Long pause.) ‘Wow. Can I have a couple more glasses?’ Our annual Queen’s Birthday Party at the residence in Vienna is not only one of the city’s hottest tickets (apologies, again, to all those we are not able to invite) but also a great opportunity to showcase some of the best food and drink on the planet. British food and drink exports are booming. In the first quarter of 2019 they were up 10.7% to £5.8 billion (EU: 9.9%, non-EU: 12.2%). Top products included whisky (up 19.2% by value); salmon (40.5%); chocolate (5.9%); cheese (15%); wine (19.7%) and gin (29.6%). Total food and drink exports in 2018 were £22.5 billion. ..

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    Disarmament blog: the Conference on Disarmament in 2019

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Part of Conference on Disarmament 16th September 2019 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: the Conference on Disarmament in 2019 The Conference on Disarmament (CD) adopted its Annual Report to the UN General Assembly last week. Thanks to the skilful work of the sixth and final President for the year, Zimbabwean Ambassador Taonga Mushayavanhu, this was a quicker and much less fractious process than many of us were expecting. With that, a week ahead of schedule, the 2019 session of the CD came to a close. It’s difficult to feel anything other than disappointed with the CD’s work this year. As I wrote on this blog in March, the CD’s failure under our own Presidency to adopt a decision establishing Subsidiary Bodies and Special Coordinators meant that the momentum from the 2018 session was lost. And although the row over the legitimacy of the Venezuelan Presidency wasn’t as disruptive..

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    Listen: The General and the Ambassador

    Listen: The General and the Ambassador Oct 17, 2018 A recent episode of the podcast, The General and the Ambassador: A Conversation, features Ambassador Mike Hammer and retired Admiral John Kirby who discuss how the military and diplomats approach public affairs. Often viewed as opposing sides of the international affairs spectrum, the podcast aims to bring together military and diplomatic collaborators to tell their stories about representing the United States abroad. The series is moderated by retired Ambassador Deborah McCarthy, who began the discussion by tackling a key question many have about the American diplomatic corps—why is the military a better known entity among the American people? This episode is number six in the series. Listen to all episodes here. Tags Visit CPD's Online Library Explore CPD's vast online database featuring the latest books, articles, speeches and information on international organizations dedicated to public diplomacy. Visi..

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    Sudan: A New Dawn

    Skip to content Irfan Siddiq British Ambassador to Sudan 4th September 2019 Khartoum, Sudan Sudan: A New Dawn Protestors took to the streets of Sudan in December 2018 calling passionately for change. Their persistence led in April 2019 to the removal of former President Bashir. But what followed was not civilian rule but a tense period of political negotiations and sometimes confrontation with the Transitional Military Council that assumed power. This period saw many ups and downs, with the massacre of so many innocent protestors on 3 June the worst point. But the vision and commitment of the Sudanese to building a new Sudan, civilian-led and based on the revolutionary slogan of “freedom, peace and justice” never wavered. Last month we eventually saw the conclusion of the transitional political agreement, the formation of a civilian majority Sovereign Council and the appointment of a civilian Prime Minister. These are momentous achievements. They will define the coming period in Sudan..

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    DHS, Social Media, & the Smith-Mundt Act

    There is considerable confusion around what the Smith-Mundt Act does and does not do, specifically with regards to the United States government disseminating information within nation’s borders.

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    Celebrating Sustainably at the British Ambassador’s Summer Party 2019

    Skip to content Robin Barnett Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin Part of #BeyondPlastic 3rd September 2019 Dublin, Ireland Celebrating Sustainably at the British Ambassador’s Summer Party 2019 I am now back from my summer break. After three weeks in Poland and Austria, I took off from Vienna in 34 degree heat and landed back in Dublin, where the temperature was 15C. I knew I was home. But I was also aware that our summers are getting warmer and generally drier. While that is quite appealing at the seaside, it brings problems with it too. On Wednesday, I will be hosting my summer party. I hope everyone has fun. But our theme this year really matters too. It is ‘Celebrating Sustainably’. While Brexit is often the focus of the headline-writers, there is no question that climate change is THE biggest challenge facing the planet. It’s hard not to be daunted by the sheer scale of the threat to humanity. But seeing 16 year old Greta Thunberg arrive by boat in New York this week reminds me just ho..

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    In praise of London’s parks

    Skip to content Paul Brummell Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Communication Directorate 3rd September 2019 London,UK In praise of London’s parks Brasilia’s City Park, named after Sarah Kubitschek, the spouse of the President responsible for the founding of the city in the late 1950s, covers an area of more than 900 acres. It has some impressive features, including modernist toilet blocks decorated with ceramic tiles from Brazilian master Athos Bulcao. I was intrigued to see that, courtesy of an organisation called Seminovos, promoting running among the over 50s, it also boasts its own anthem, entitled “Liberty”. Refrain: “Liberty, where do you live? I’m here, I live in the park.” While Brasilia’s City Park impresses for its size, I’ve found few urban parks around the world to rival the finest of London’s parks. Here’s my modest attempt at, if not quite a stirring anthem, at least a piece of poetry in their honour. It may perhaps be closer to McGonagall than Byron, ..

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    Diplomatic immunity: Its nature, effects and implications

    Section 15(1) of the Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act 37 of 2001 (the Act) creates an offence if anyone obtains or executes any legal process against diplomats.

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    Disarmament blog: back to school

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament Part of Conference on Disarmament 2nd September 2019 Geneva, Switzerland Disarmament blog: back to school As August turns to September, the traffic jams return to Geneva and the evenings start drawing in. People start returning from the beaches or mountains. It’s ‘back to school’ time. In fact, the disarmament community has been back at work since 29 July, when the CD resumed its 2019 session. So I feel like I’ve been back at school for a month already, not least because August is the time for two important sets of experts’ meetings. I’ve got a lot out of listening to and learning from the impressive array of expertise on offer. The first was the Meetings of Experts (MX) of the Biological Weapons Convention, looking at various scientific, technological and institutional aspects of how the Convention operates. There were presentations from national experts, researchers and internati..

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    UK nationals living in Spain: your healthcare access after Brexit

    Skip to content FCO Editorial 30th August 2019 UK nationals living in Spain: your healthcare access after Brexit We understand that recent media reports about the impact of Brexit on the rights of UK nationals living in Spain may have caused concern to UK citizens living in Europe. We want to make clear the actions that UK nationals in Spain need to take to continue living and working in Spain as they do now, as well as reassuring those who need to access healthcare and pensions. We are working with our embassies, including in Spain, to help UK nationals get ready for Brexit. This week we announced an extra £3 million fund for charities so they can assist you with your residency applications. Your healthcareThe Spanish Government has taken steps to ensure that resident UK nationals and UK tourists visiting Spain will be able to access healthcare after Brexit until at least 31 December 2020. This is the case whether we leave the EU with or without a deal. The UK is working with other E..

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    After three years, more #keenonWien than ever

    Skip to content Leigh Turner Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna 29th August 2019 Vienna, Austria After three years, more #keenonWien than ever Vienna's Stephansdom in all its glory, a must-see for any visitor in the Austrian capitalToday I am celebrating my three-year anniversary in Vienna. A lot has happened since I stepped off the train from London (via Salzburg) in August 2016. Together with my team at the Embassy we have have done a lot of work on Brexit – including doing our best to make sure that all 11,000 Brits in Austria will be able to continue to live and work in this country. We have also had the Austrian EU Presidency; arranged countless senior visits to Vienna; and initiated great projects on culture, science and education cooperation. To do my job properly I believe it is vital to understand Austria as well as possible. I therefore make a big effort to get out and about, in Vie..

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    Poetry, education, diverse cultures and traditions – my first visit to Struga

    Skip to content Rachel Galloway British Ambassador to North Macedonia Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia Part of UK in North Macedonia 28th August 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia Poetry, education, diverse cultures and traditions – my first visit to Struga As much as I enjoy living and working in Skopje, it’s always a great pleasure when I get to visit other places across the country. Last week I had the honour of attending the opening of the Struga Poetry Festival, the world’s oldest consecutive running poetry festival. It was moving to hear poets from around the world use such different language and languages to evoke emotion and story. But I could not go to the poetry festival and not to take the opportunity to see Struga itself. Myself and my colleagues from the Embassy were a little jealous as we went between meetings seeing all the people enjoying the cool waters of the lake and drinking coffee in the breeze. However we still got a flavour of the city. Meeting with Mayor Ramiz..

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    RASPRAVA IZMEĐU AMBASADORA SAD I RUSIJE ZAPALILA TVITER: Spor Bocan-Harčenka i Skata da li je Drugi svetski rat mogao da se spreči! Evo šta kažu

    Na društvenoj mreži Tviter razvila se polemika između ambasadora Rusije i Amerike u Srbiji, Aleksandra Bocana Harčenka i Kajla Skata, kao i predstavnika iz ambasade Republike Poljske.

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    Anketa: Čitaoci kažu da prepoznaju komentare botova

    Čak 82 odsto građana samtra da može da razlikuje komentare koje pišu botovi od ostalih komentara, pokazuju rezultati ankete sprovedene na sajtu Danasa.

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    Call for Papers: The Digitalization of Diplomacy in South-East Asia (Special Issue)

    Call for Papers Journal of Contemporary Eastern Asia (JCEA), Vol. 19, No 1 – Summer 2020 The Digitalization of Diplomacy in South-East Asia: A Special Issue Invited editors: Ilan Manor, University of Oxford ([email protected]) Craig Hayden, Marine Corps University Hyunjin Seo, University of Kansas In recent years scholars have paid growing attention to the digitalization of diplomacy. Studies have examined the use of digital platfroms and digital technologies in the realms of public diplomacy, consular diplomacy, multi-lateral negotiations and security negotiations. However, the current digital diplomacy research corpus suffers from three limitations. First, the majority of digital diplomacy studies have analyzed how diplomats use digital technologies as opposed to why these have been so eagerly adopted by diplomatic institutions. Subsequently, few studies have offered a broad theoretical prism through which the digitalization of diplomacy may be conceptualized and investiga..

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    DOJ  should take action against China's Twitter propaganda

    Over the last few years, Chinese state media organs have accelerated a campaign to leverage U.S. social media platforms – namely, Twitter – to promote the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) narrative on several issues.

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    Travelling to the EU or live there? Get ready for Brexit

    Skip to content Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Minister for Europe and the Americas) 22nd August 2019 London Travelling to the EU or live there? Get ready for Brexit The UK is leaving the EU on 31 October and we are making all necessary preparations to ensure we are ready. This includes making sure UK travellers to the EU and UK nationals living in the EU are prepared. If this is you – or you have friends and family involved – then please read on… UK travellers to the EUEurope is our most popular travel destination with around 60 million visits to the EU every year. Once we leave, people need to be ready to travel to the EU after Brexit by doing 4 things: checking passports (if you have less than 6 months left)getting travel insurance – make sure you’re coveredchecking driving permits (you may need extra documents)making sure your pet can travel (allow 4 months to arrange).For more information visit our journey planner. UK nationals living in the EUThere are more than one mill..

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    Creativity – It’s Good Business

    Skip to content Matt Field British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina 22nd August 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Creativity – It’s Good Business This week, like many others, I have been enjoying the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF). I feel particularly lucky that my first as UK Ambassador was the 25th SFF (I will admit to having sneaked in unofficially last year, just before I began my mandate). I am still star struck after seeing two of my favourite directors on stage to receive their ‘hearts’, Iñárritu and Pawlikowski, and a masterclass from Tim Roth. As usual, the festival has brought together a wide-reaching and exciting programme, which challenges as much as it inspires. As critic Roger Ebert put it, a film is a machine for generating empathy, and this year I have been transported to lives in a neglected French suburb, a rich Korean home, a Bosnian mahala, a US gospel concert, and many more places. Documentaries always have a special place for me, including this year’s bril..

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    Facebook i Twitter blokirali botove u službi vlasti

    Facebook i Twitter su blokirali naloge za koje smatraju da se bave dezinformisanjem javnosti. Ova vest predstavlja veliki udarac za botovsku industriju gde se svakodnevno proizvode milioni lažnih mišljenja “običnih” građana.

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    Saving the Planet

    Skip to content Carolyn Davidson Her Majesty’s Ambassador for Guatemala Part of UK in Guatemala 19th August 2019 Guatemala City, Guatemala Saving the Planet In my last blog I talked about the power of British film and TV (and music). Today I want to make a very ambitious claim – that British TV is saving the planet, or at least helping to save the planet. In 2017 the famous British naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough made a programme – Blue Planet 2 – which had a global impact. Like all his programmes (and I have been watching them since I was a teenager – a long time ago!) Blue Planet 2 had some remarkable footage of the natural world in which we live and the amazing creatures, large and small, which inhabit it and, importantly, preserve it. The final episode of the programme showed, in glorious technicolour, the devastating effects of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. As a picture paints a thousand words, the impact of the images of turtles tangled up in plastic bag..

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    2016. Russia’s FM Spokeswoman Zakharova Rocks the Dancefloor With Kalinka

    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."

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    Music Diplomacy in Times of Conflict

    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. Tags Visit CPD's Online Library Explore CPD's vast online database feat..

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    The Good Practice Review in Urban Humanitarian Response

    About DFAT Communications and Parliamentary Branch at the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Latest Posts By DFAT 06.20.19Improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Myanmar05.08.19Last M Series Passport retires on May 1104.08.19Foreign investment in Australia delivers many benefits03.29.19Providing sustainable and inclusive WASH solutions in Timor-Leste03.08.19International Women’s Day – We are More Powerful Together Category Aid Tags Humanitarian, Humanitarian response, World Humanitarian Day %d bloggers like this:

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    Media Freedom and PD

    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..

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    How we organise monthly mental wellbeing Q&As for GDS staff

    The mental health network at GDS exists to ensure our colleagues have the mental health support and information they need. We do this in a variety of different ways. For example, we send out a regular newsletter, we have a dedicated Slack channel for discussing mental health-related topics, we provide mental health first aid, and host speakers and events. We also hold regular anonymous peer-led mental wellbeing Q&As. In this post, I will explain how we organise them and share some tips on how to ensure they’re a success. What we do to set up our Q&As The Q&As take place on the morning of the last Friday of each month. We hold them on the online platform Slack, which everyone at GDS can access. First, we field questions using a Google form, which staff can complete anonymously. Staff can also use the form to submit answers anonymously. Our most recent Q&A had 10 anonymous questions and around 50 replies from around 20 members of staff. It takes one person about 3 hours in total ..

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    Mastering digital diplomacy: Sushma Swaraj, the 'crusading Supermom of State'

    In a rare feat for a legislator, Swaraj commanded the respect of people from all walks of life and across the aisle.

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    Narrative Alignment as Public Diplomacy Evaluation

    Despite the emergence of new technologies the task of evaluating public diplomacy activities remains a daunting one. While scholars and practitioners have offered numerous definitions for the term public diplomacy, they have yet to agree upon a method for measuring the impact of public diplomacy activities. Some have suggested that public diplomacy is a means towards creating a receptive environment for one’s foreign policy. This definition suggests that one has to gauge the environment in which public diplomacy is practiced and track changes within this environment. But what is this “environment”? Are there several actors comprising this environment? If so, which actors should be monitored? And how can this monitoring take place? Other definitions state that public diplomacy is a tool for winning over the “hearts and minds” of foreign populations and swaying foreign public opinion in one’s favor. Yet how can one assess his ability to win over hearts and minds? Should he preform a lo..

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    Enhancing Nation Brands with Social Media

    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..

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    Is private public diplomacy a thing?

    The purpose of this blog is to give a new impulse to the discussion on the role of private business in today’s public diplomacy and to open the question on what exactly private public diplomacy means, and whether it should exist as a concept. If there is such a thing as private public diplomacy, what exactly does it imply? Can we simply describe it as the involvement of private businesses in the process of building and maintaining a country’s (city’s, region’s) image abroad, or in the process of advocating for an internationally important cause such as climate change or human rights? Michal Brichta

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    Diplomatic-Consular Suits in the 19th and 20th Century

    In Serbia in the XIX century the attendants employed in the diplomatic service at home, that is, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the diplomatic agents during their mission abroad, were obliged to wear official suits.

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    The impact of AI in international relations

    The digital revolution, known as the third industrial revolution, has had ground-breaking effects on the geo-politics of the 21st century. Technological revolution has changed the perceptions of humankind and increased the productivity of the global economy.

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    Novi Twitter: „U jednoj reči- ružan“

    Promene koje je „pretrpela“ plaftorma društvene mreže postepeno su najavljivane od početka ove nedelje. Do promena je došlo zbog bržeg i efikasnijeg korišćenja Tvitera, saopštili su iz kompanije.

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    The Digital Trial of Ivanka Trump

    It began with a necklace. A diamond necklace to be precise. It was purchased from two Jewish jewellers on behalf of the French Queen Marie Antoinette in 1785. The necklace, comprised of 647 stones, and weighing 2,800 carats, never made it to the Queen. Rather, it fell into the hands of a charlatan women who had enlisted a rich if somewhat dim-witted priest to “pull off” the heist of the 18th century. The charlatan convinced the priest that the French Queen required his assistance in purchasing the necklace, as she herself was heavily in debt and could not afford to do so on her own. The unsuspecting priest, assuming that he was on a personal errand for the Queen, purchased the necklace at great expense and gave it to the charlatan woman who proceeded to England were she sold all 647 stones individually. Several weeks after the purchase, the Jewish jewellers requested an audience with Marie Antoinette where they, politely, asked to receive payment for the necklace. At this moment, the ..

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    The Domestic Dimension of Public Diplomacy

    The Domestic Dimension of Public Diplomacy Nov 6, 2018 Discussions of public diplomacy often favor an international scope, especially as states address how they are perceived by publics abroad. But as Jitka Pánek Jurková of Charles University in Prague notes in a new analysis, the domestic dimension of public diplomacy is drawing increased attention. What must not be overlooked, the study notes, is the domestic environment that lays the foundation for a state's public diplomacy framework. By using Israeli public diplomacy as a case study, Jurková describes how domestic entities have a say in how their state represents itself abroad. Instead of examining this domestic element as a monolith, however, Jurková notes differences between the individual, organizational and national levels of domestic engagement. In Israel, a culture of individual engagement, differing views among public diplomacy organizations, and ideas of public diplomacy and national narratives come together t..

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    How to Build a More Diverse Foreign Policy Sector

    How to Build a More Diverse Foreign Policy Sector Oct 16, 2018 For many, the terms "male, pale and Yale" come to mind when thinking of foreign policy leadership. This can have dire consequences for foreign policy practice. As civic and community engagement firm Vestige Strategies notes in a recent report on diversity and inclusion in the foreign policy sector, a lack of diversity not only disenfranchises minority groups working for the world's leading institutions, but also impacts how these institutions work with minority groups around the world. The statistics on diversity within the foreign policy world speak volumes—in an assessment of 20 non-governmental and non-academic organizations prominent in Washington, D.C., the firm found that while 80 percent of these organizations incorporate diversity in their recruitment, hiring, development and promotion policies, many lack the accountability structures and financial resources to improve inclusion models. "Gender, race ..

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    Navigating the Web of Public Diplomacy

    Navigating the Web of Public Diplomacy Oct 2, 2018 Public diplomacy is the focus of the latest edition of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, a leading research journal on diplomatic studies. The plethora of topics covered includes PD in the military, PD's impact on food regulations in Mexico and on the crisis in Ukraine, the significance of reputation to diplomatic practice and more. One article by Andreas Pacher, "Strategic Publics in Public Diplomacy: A Typology and a Heuristic Device for Multiple Publics," addresses an important pillar of PD: publics, and the strategies for engaging with them. By defining the range of strategic publics targeted by diplomats, Pacher proposes terminology for six ideal types. Additionally, Pacher provides a device to guide analyses of PD strategy, emphasizing relationships between public diplomats and governments, immediate strategic publics and mass publics. Explaining the rationale behind his proposed six types of publics, Pacher notes, "the..

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    Northeast Asia: A Public Diplomacy Vision

    Northeast Asia: A Public Diplomacy Vision Oct 10, 2018 In June, CPD Director Jay Wang participated in South Korea's 2018 Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, where he spoke on a panel that discussed public diplomacy across Northeast Asia. During the event, Wang emphasized the prevalence of non-state actors as key players in public diplomacy and acknowledged that, as audiences and platforms change, there is a need to make public diplomacy more strategic. "This is actually the moment when we are trying to figure out, what is the 21st century world order?" said Wang. "How should East Asia contribute to the developing of this new world order?" Below please find a video featuring the panel discussion. The original video can be found on Arirang TV's YouTube channel here. [Arirang Special] Jeju Forum - Vision of Public Diplomacy for Northeast Asia_ Full Episode Video of [Arirang Special] Jeju Forum - Vision of Public Diplomacy for Northeast Asia_ Full Episode Tags Vi..

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    Empowering Israel’s Foreign Service with innovative diplomacy

    Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is crying out for change more than ever before. The decade-long tenure of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister has plunged this key government agency, tasked with managing and carrying out Israel’s foreign affairs, to unprecedented lows. In many respects, the MFA i

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    Selfie Diplomacy in a post-Brexit World

    In 2015 Dr. Elad Segev and I examined the Selfie Diplomacy of the US State Department. We defined selfie diplomacy as the use of social media sites to proactively manage a nation’s image. In this sense, selfie diplomacy is akin to nation branding campaigns in which a nation’s image can be created, monitored and evaluated so as to enhance a nation’s attractiveness among a foreign audience. Yet selfie diplomacy also differs from nation branding as it overcomes the limitations of traditional branding campaigns. The first limitation of nation branding campaigns is their inability to react to changes in the media’s depiction of a given nation. This is because nation branding campaigns consist of pre-authored messages and narratives. Yet political crises, wars, contentious foreign policies and the actions of national leaders can all influence the media’s depiction of a nation rendering its branding activities meaningless. The greater the gap between a nation’s identity claims, and the media..

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    Can digital diplomacy skills serve as public diplomacy resources? The case of Brexit

    When evaluating the digitalization of public diplomacy, one can segment this process into two stages. The first stage lasted from circa 2007 to 2014. It was during this stage that diplomats and diplomatic institutions began to experiment with digital technologies. In 2007 the Swedish Institute launched one of the world’s first virtual embassies. In 2011 the UK Foreign Secretary held one of the world’s first live Twitter Q&A sessions while in 2012 the White House live tweeted a state visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron. It was during this stage that diplomats sought to leverage digital technologies toward engaging with digital publics and fostering relationships with foreign populations. The first stage of public diplomacy’s digitalization came to an abrupt end in 2014 as Russian special forces crossed the border into Eastern Ukraine. The Crimean Crisis was not just a diplomatic crisis that ruptured relations between Western nations and Russia. It was also a digital crisis wh..

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    Some thoughts on public diplomacy, social media, and data

    As someone who has worked in public diplomacy since 2011, I do not remember a time when public diplomacy did not also mean digital diplomacy and, consequently, some manner of data diplomacy. From the beginning, the data we gleaned from social media was heavily dependent on what the social media platforms were willing to provide us with. In terms of data storage and data analytics, institutions need to put a great deal of trust in the data that social media platforms provide. Here are three issues which are crucial for institutions when working with social media and data sets: Ursula Wyss

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    How Diplomats Can Combat Digital Propaganda

    James Pamment has written that for most of the 20th century the term public diplomacy was associated with the term propaganda. According to the Oxford Dictionary propaganda relates to information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view. During the 21st century, the field of public diplomacy faced a conceptual shift known as the “new” public diplomacy. This shift saw the goals of public diplomacy change from influence and opinion formation to creating long lasting relationships with foreign populations. These relationships, built on dialogue and two way interactions, could be used to create a receptive environment for a country’s foreign policy. Digitalization promised to facilitate the transition towards the “new” public diplomacy and away from propaganda as digital platforms could be used to converse and create relationships with foreign publics. Social media were especially seen as beneficial to the “new” public diplomacy as t..

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    Blocking Chinese students will hurt US more than China

    Chinese students began going to the United States for further studies after China launched the reform and opening-up in 1978. These students in turn contributed to the progress and development of China.

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    State Department establishing new IT governance body

    At the secretary of State’s direction, McGuigan convened a Digital Diplomacy Council that includes all IT leaders and projects throughout the department. It will first address cybersecurity reliability and then enterprise architecture.

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    ‘Cultural diplomacy’ in action in Turkey

    Turkish culture, heritage, arts and music were in glorious display at a recent gathering for members of the Global Public Diplomacy Network

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    Improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Myanmar

    20 Jun 2019 — DFAT Improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Myanmar Access to sexual and reproductive health services are vital for young people to understand their bodies, protect their health and realise their full potential. Through our Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), Australia supports organisations like Burnet Institute to deliver quality sexual and reproductive health education to vulnerable individuals and communities in our region. By Lia Jacqueline Burns, Myanmar Country Program Manager at Burnet Institute Burnet Institute (BI) has a strong track record of using evidence-based approaches to improve access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services, and I’m proud to contribute to their work to improve the SRH of young people in Myanmar. Thirty (30) percent of the population in Myanmar are under 30 years old[1] and are a critical socio-economic resource during the current political, economic and social transition. ..

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    Au Kosovo, les Serbes font de la résistance GRAND REPORTAGE

    Vingt ans après la guerre du Kosovo, 100.000 Serbes orthodoxes vivent toujours dans l’ex-province yougoslave, autoproclamée indépendante en 2008.

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    Embassies Embrace Fashion as Public Diplomacy Tool

    Better known for high tempers than high fashion, Washington, D.C., has seen catwalks pop up in the unlikeliest of places recently: embassies, historic buildings and even the State Department.That’s because people in the diplomatic community are realizing — and relishing — fashion’s role in diplomacy. Much as food, art and sports can say a lot about a nation’s culture, fashion does, too.“There’s tremendous power in what we wear,” said Jan Du Plain, president and chief executive officer of Du Plain Global Enterprises, an international public relations and events company that helped launch Cultural Tourism DC’s Passport DC program. “If one of our high-level women or men wears something that is inappropriate or can be seen as questionable, fashion speaks. When we wear something, it can have such a strong impact on people because we are watching, particularly those that are high up in government.”Du Plain recently worked with Indira ..

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    A New Path Ahead For U.S. Public Diplomacy Advocates In A Digital Age?

    It’s a term used more widely than ever in the 21st century, as a leading scholar of the concept, the University of Southern California’s Professor Nicholas J. Cull explains: “Public diplomacy deals with the influence of public attitudes on the formation and execution of a nation’s foreign policies.”Dr. Cull adds that PD encompasses dimensions of international relations beyond traditional diplomacy, including:The formation of public opinion in other countriesThe interaction of private groups in one country with those of anotherThe reporting of foreign affairs and its impact on policyCommunication between those whose job it is in various countries, including diplomats and foreign correspondents.These themes reflect a wide range of intercultural communications, public and private, via cultural and educational exchanges with international visitors and US-funded global broadcasting.W..

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    Russian sharp power targeting the European elections in Central-Eastern Europe

    While much attention has been paid in the international media to the abilities of the Kremlin to influence foreign elections, relatively little is known about why and how everyday citizens resonate to these attempts in post-communist countries of Central-Eastern Europe. Political Capital, therefore, explored the vulnerability and resilience to Russian hostile influence by focusing on the horizontal, online “grassroots” communication between citizens. Our research revealed not only the basic societal drivers behind these influence operations but how these came into play during the 2019 European elections campaign in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.International polling, such as Pew’s 2018 research, has been proving the failure of Russian “soft power” since ..

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    The West Point Speech and the Foreign Service

    President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point commencement ceremony at Michie Stadium in West Point, NY, on May 28, 2014. Official White House photo by Pete Souza.“America must always lead” was the theme of President Obama’s speech at West Point on May 28, 2014. This essay – posted on the former website of the Public Diplomacy Council on June 3, 2014, now republished for reference – was a response.Five years later, the nation has a new president, but the four trends mentioned in the essay endure It’s still true, for instance, that “no cavalry troop with a stagecoach of gold is headed our way.” And the need for strong diplomacy is as necessary in the current administration as it was in the last.The columnists and talking heads have given out grades – ranging from “A” to “F” – for President Obama’s speech on foreign policy at West Point. Me? I’m just confused – indeed ..

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    Malawakil Manama's Public Diplomacy Initiative

    kln.gov.my EMBASSY OF MALAYSIA, MANAMA The Ambassador of Malaysia to the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Excellency Agus Salim bin Yusof, and his wife, Norsyazwani Hamdan, paid a visit to Bahrain’s main hospital, Salmaniya Hospital on 21 May 2019. The purpose of the visit was to distribute gifts from the Embassy and PERWAKILAN Manama to more than 40 children in the paediatric ward of the Hospital, on the occasion of gergaoun (children’s traditional festival celebrated in mid-Ramadhan). The Embassy hopes that the gifts brought joy and happiness to the children who could not celebrate gergaoun with their families and friends. This first-ever initiative undertaken by the Embassy was one of the activities lined up to commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the Kingdom of Bahrain this year.

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    Ambassador of the Year & Public Diplomacy Awards 2019

    Posted by Editor on Monday, May 27, 2019; Diplomat Magazine On the occasion of the 2nd Canada’s Ambassador of the Year&Public Diplomacy Awards 2019, the Faculty of Civil and Common Law of the University of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Deanship of the Diplomatic Corps of Canada and the International Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Council by Diplomat Magazine, celebrated in March its Awards Ceremony, that was followed by a reception. The Award consisted in a Canadian Inukshuk sculpture, and it was presented by the Deans of the Faculties of Law and the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps. Twelve prizes went to heads of diplomatic missions from twelve geographical regions to 12 award-winning ambassadors. Moreover, four special awards and recognitions were handed to organizations working closely with the foreign missions present in Canada. Special prizes also went to distinguished individuals, including a High Special Diplomatic Recognition to H.E. Constant Horace, Dean of the Diplomatic Cor..

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    The Dutch Council for Russian Compatriots elects a new Bureau.

    diplomatmagazine.nl Posted by Editor on Saturday, June 1, 2019 · Leave a Comment Konstantin Makarenko, the Executive director of the Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis/underlining] Corps (PDC) Foundation named the priority for the current stage: “to change the principles of work”.The Hague, 18th May 2019. TASS Correspondent Vitaly Chugin. A scheduled conference of the Coordination Council of Russian compatriots was held last Saturday in the Hague. The Conference elected a new Bureau and set out the goals and tasks for the near future.When speaking to our TASS correspondent, Mr. Makarenko, the Executive director of the Public Diplomacy Corps (PDC) Foundation, who moderated the meeting, mentioned that the priority for the current stage is: “to change the principles of work”.“Our organization needs a new working style”, said Mr. Makarenko. “In the past our activists reported on their own work results. Now we have built an internet portal which will publish the information on positive experie..

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    Global Media Giants Meet to Debate Their Future and Challenges Ahead in the 21st Century

    Alan Heil, Public Diplomacy Council, May 20, 2019It was perhaps the largest gathering of public diplomacy advocates and international broadcasters and media scholars ever held in America. The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) organized a day-long conference May 7 at the U.S. Institute of Peace in an atrium within sight of the Lincoln Memorial. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).Highlight of the day: an address by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a new member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who eloquently summarized the role of America’s free press and expanding avenues worldwide for defending truth in journalism.As Senator Cruz put it: “Our principles can tear down walls, can topple tyrannies, can promote freedom. America should consistently be a voice for freedom. We should be a voice for human rights. We should be a voice for democracy, because that truth is powerful and it can transform the world.“That’s also where an American free press and the USAGM come into play. Now to be clear..

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    Sushma Swaraj, the minister who brought a human touch to MEA

    Rekha Dixit, Mandira Nayar, theweek.in, June 1, 2029; on Swaraj's exist as Foreign Minister, see The diminutive leader leaves behind very big shoes to fill in (image from article) Indian diplomats in overseas missions had taken to sleeping with their cellphones switched on. Sushma Swaraj, the former external affairs minister (EAM), had the habit of calling—regardless of the time difference—if she got a tweet or heard that an Indian was in distress. Overnight, the ministry of external affairs (MEA), which had earlier left public diplomacy [JB emphasis] to the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA), had to become much more hands on. The MOIA, not surprisingly, was soon dissolved and subsumed by the MEA. “I do not sleep. I do not let Indian envoys sleep,'' quipped Swaraj at a press conference once. But it was more than just a light-hearted remark. It was the way she worked. And it will be this personalised stamp of diplomacy which will be missed at the ministry, mission..

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    The revival of realist thinking in international relations

    Tarık Oğuzlu, dailysabah.com, 31.05.2019 While realist power politics take precedence over liberalist opportunism, the great powers are both shaping and confronting this new reality Excerpt: [T]he world has recently witnessed a strong comeback of realist thinking in international relations. As nationalism and geopolitics have seen a strong revival, we are no longer on the verge of transcending into a borderless world in which universalism overshadows particularism. ... The evolution of Chinese foreign policy over the last decades does also suggest that a realist turn has become more noticeable in recent years. The more powerful China has become in terms of material power capabilities, the more assertively it has begun to question the decades-old American hegemony in East and Southeast Asia, as well as promote its political-economy model beyond its borders through such initiatives as Belt and Road. China's efforts to entice its neighbors through lucrative free trade agreements and..

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    Jackson native fights North Korean propaganda as an American diplomat

    Brianne Twiddy, [email protected], mlive.com Beau Miller (center left) supporting the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games. (Courtesy Photo) JACKSON, MI -- When a person escapes North Korea, they gain freedom but they face other obstacles, like learning English and unlearning propaganda against the western world. Beau Miller, whose parents live and work in Jackson, is a public diplomat [JB emphasis] and informant in Seoul who helps defectors once they reach South Korea. He also helped launch an English Access program, which teaches North Korean defectors the language and adjust to their new life, he said. Miller and his colleagues won the prestigious Gears in Government award on April 30 for his work launching the program. It was a surprise to win because it’s the program’s first year, Miller said. “It was nice to be acknowledged,” Miller said. “The work itself is incredible. I came (to Seoul) four years ago and it’s been a wild ride with everyth..

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    Diplomacy organization discusses embassy move with Canadian MPs

    Arutz Sheva North American staff, 31/05/19; original article contains additional photographs Chaim Silberstein, founder and president of Keep Jerusalem, meets Canadian Members of Parliament, discusses embassy relocation. Chaim Silberstein with Canadian Parliament Members Courtesy Chaim Silberstein, founder and president of the public diplomacy [JB emphasis] organization Keep Jerusalem, paid a visit to Canada last week, culminating in an important visit to the Canadian Parliament and meeting with Members of Parliament from the Conservative and Liberal parties, as well as the heads of CIJA, an Israel advocacy organization with headquarters in Ottawa. Silberstein told Arutz Sheva that he met with the Members of Parliament to push the idea of implementing a decision made by the Conservative party that, if they return to power, they will move the Canadian embassy to Jerusalem. He provided them with talking points for the media and for their colleagues as to why Canada should move its embas..

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    Pentagon marks a year without press secretary briefings

    Kiss singer Gene Simmons spoke in the Pentagon briefing room on May 16. (Idrees Ali/Reuters) By Missy Ryan ,Dan Lamothe andPaul Sonne, The Washington PostMay 31 at 4:48 PMThe Pentagon on Friday marked a year without regularly scheduled press briefings, underscoring what journalists and former officials have described as a decline in transparency and public engagement at a time when the military faces growing threats from China, Russia and Iran.The halt to what for years had been at least weekly televised briefings by a department press secretary, along with a reduction in other media engagements, reflects a broader chill in news organizations’ dealings with the Trump administration, which has depicted the press as an adversary. President Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders, has given formal briefings in the White House briefing room only twice this year, while the State Department this week resumed televised press briefings after an on-and-off hiatus.Dana White, who served as the de..

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    Indian Diplomacy during the Kargil War

    Debak Das, South Asian Voices, May 29, 2019 The Kargil [JB - see] war marked a significant shift for Indian diplomacy at both the domestic and international levels. By the third week of May 1999, it was clear that India would have to engage in military operations to clear the infiltrators from the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC). The challenge was to do this in a manner that saw India remain legitimate and gain support from both the domestic and international audience. India’s success in the Kargil war was a result of its successful combination of diplomacy and the use of force.At the domestic level the Indian government, particularly the military, engaged in public diplomacy [JB emphasis, without the underlining used by the author, in order, for clarity's sake, to distinguish his far more important emphases from my own, which narrowly focus on PD] embracing the TV with the aim of controlling the narrative and rallying citizens together. At the international level, India ..

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    View Vacancy - Political and Press Officer (AZE19.735)

    fco.tal.net image (not from entry) from The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow. Job Category Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles) Job Subcategory Communications, Press and Media Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities) The British Embassy in Azerbaijan is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking for a permanent, full-time Political and Press Officer based in Baku. Main Purpose of Job is to communicate w..

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    Europe’s Deep Reservoir of Goodwill in the Middle East: Lessons for Public Diplomacy

    mei.edu [JB note: I was not able to identify the author of this article] The MENA and Southeast Asia have undergone and continue to undergo massive political transitions. Differences in the process and outcomes of their transitions can be viewed through the lens of a “civil society infrastructure.” This essay series explores the roles and impact of civil society organizations (CSOs) in these two regions during the transition and pre-transition periods as well as in instances where the political transition is completed. Read more ...Political and economic transitions are seldom, if ever, compartmentalized processes, insulated from regional and global influences. On the contrary, they are often informed and shaped by exogenous forces and the policies of external actors, including states and international organizations. How can external actors develop interventions that are more likely to be well received and thus support transitions to democracy?Last fall I took part in a conference on “..

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    China deepens cooperation with Antigua-Barbuda, offers over 100 educational programmes

    menafn.com, 5/27/2109 uncaptioned image from article (MENAFN - Caribbean News Now) St. Johns, Antigua Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne welcomed Sun Ang, the newly appointed ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Antigua and Barbuda, and praised the excellent relationship that has developed between the two countries over the past 36 years. China has been very benevolent to the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda and has contributed significantly to the social and economic development of our country. The relationship is very important to us, in fact, it is easily one of the most important developmental partnership, Browne stated. I am very happy that two countries located in two different hemispheres, two countries that have a significant number of asymmetries in terms of size of population and financial resources, could have such a close and fruitful relationship. I believe this is based on the relationship we have cultivated over the years and..

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    [National Security Decision Directive-77 to promote public diplomacy]

    National Security Decision Directive 77From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigationJump to searchNational Security Decision Directive 77NSDD77AuthorUnited States National Security CouncilCountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishPublishedJanuary 14, 1983 Federal government of the United StatesMedia typePrintPages3National Security Decision Directive 77(NSDD-77; titled Management of Public Diplomacy Relative to National Security), was a U.S. National Security Directive signed on January 14, 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. The directive established a Special Planning Group (SPG) under the National Security Council (NSC) whose purpose was to strengthen, organize, plan, and coordinate public diplomacy of the United States relative to national security.[1]This NSDD positioned the White House and the National Security Staff at the helm of public diplomacy coordination across government agencies. NSDD-77 lay the groundwork for the Reagan administration's aggressive public diplomacy ..

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    South African Foreign Policy under the Ramaphosa Government

    Natasha Domiro, Research Assistant, Indian Ocean Research Programme, futuredirections.org.au; original article contains links Ramaphosa image from WikipediaExcerpt: Summary Cyril Ramaphosa has safely secured his position as President for another five years and South Africans are now pinning their hopes on him to clean up the government and restore the country’s international reputation. He ordered a review of foreign policy earlier this year and announced a renewed pivot towards Africa, so it appears that, in the Ramaphosa Presidency, African interests will again be at the forefront of the country’s international agenda. President Ramaphosa intends to achieve his administrative and domestic goals through the use of international relations with a focus on economic diplomacy. The successful implementation of South Africa’s foreign policy objectives will depend on whether the government can clean up its departments, especially the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (D..

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    The Day of Serbian Diplomacy was celebrated

    29 May has been chosen as the Day of Serbian Diplomacy since it was on that day, 180 years ago exactly, that the Prince's Office conducting external affairs was established, the event considered as the beginning of professional diplomacy in Serbia.

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    National Security Today Through 2028: Women Leading the Next Decade

    Hillary Dickinson and Alexandra Trent, William & Mary Whole of Government Center of Excellence, smallwarsjournal.com; original article contains additional links image from Whole of Government Center of Excellence homepage Excerpt: A dearth of near-peer competitors in the post-Cold War era and the September 11th terrorist attacks incentivized more recent American decision-makers to treat non-state actors as the foremost danger to our national security. But in the years since the commencement of the global war on terror, our security environment has changed: near-peer competition from Russia and China; North Korean and Iranian nuclear capabilities; and threats in non-traditional domains like space and cyberspace all threaten American safety. Such complex challenges cannot be solved in isolation by individual agencies; rather, they require cohesive strategies that involve all stakeholders, public and private. As William & Mary (W&M) commemorates 100 years of coeducation and the inaugurati..

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    Permitting aggressive tactics in the South China Sea is in no one’s interests

    Michael Shoebridge, The Strategist, 30 May 2019; original article contains links uncaptioned image from article Excerpt: Canberra, we have a problem. It’s the public diplomacy [JB emphasis] around Australia’s relationship with the Chinese state—in particular, the People’s Liberation Army and the civilian and militia elements that operate with it in the South China Sea. The Royal Australian Navy has just finished its largest task force deployment in recent years, called Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019. Four RAN ships visited 13 ports in seven countries and covered approximately 16,000 nautical miles. The naval flotilla, which embarked air force and army personnel, together with Seahawk, MRH-90 troop transport and Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters, travelled from Sri Lanka right through Southeast Asia and into the South China Sea. A ream of ‘public affairs’ material was produced for Australian and international media over the three- month deployment—more than 800 images, 100 articles a..

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    UN experts: Detention of Catalan separatists is 'arbitrary'

    aljazeera.com UN working group report slammed by the Spanish government, which raised doubts about the group's 'impartiality'. Image from article, with caption: The assessment called for the release of the three separatistsExcerpt: The detention of three separatists facing trial for a failed bid to prise Catalonia from Spain in 2017 is "arbitrary," experts mandated by the United Nations have concluded in a report released on Wednesday. The assessment by independent experts, commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council but not speaking in the name of the UN, called for the release of the trio and compensation. "The deprivation of liberty of Jordi Cuixart, Jordi Sanchez and Oriol Junqueras is arbitrary," the panel wrote in the Spanish version of the report. It argues that the detention of the three men, which has lasted over a year and a half, goes against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN's International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Howe..

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    Warnings of Chinese government ‘influence’ on campuses divide Stanford community

    This article is the last in a series examining how rising U.S.-China tensions are affecting the Stanford community. Image from article, with caption: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Hannah Knowles and Berber Jin, The Stanford Daily, May 30, 2019 Chaofen Sun doesn’t like being dragged into politics. “I’m a linguist,” the East Asian Languages and Cultures professor said. He researches variations in modern Chinese and speaks reverently of Tang and Song Dynasty poetry — it’s “like Shakespeare in English literature,” he said. But political controversy has followed the Chinese government-funded language and culture institute that Sun helped bring to Stanford, one of many centers called Confucius Institutes around the U.S. A Senate committee report released this February following an investigation warns that Confucius Institutes, whose purview would seem to lie far from matters of national security, are part of a “soft power” campaign to make China seem less threatening to the U.S. Much of the ..

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    Twitter Diplomacy

    Zubeida Mustafa | Viewpoint | May issue, Published 9 hours ago, newslinemagazine.com; see also, "Twittering; or, Where are the Emily Dickinsons at the State Department?," Huffpost, 07/20/2009 The battle of tweets we have been witnessing of late, reminds us that we have certainly come a long way from the style in which diplomacy was conducted since 1648. That was the year when the Peace of Westphalia launched the modern secular sovereign state system. It introduced new guidelines for states in their dealings with one another. They demanded “accuracy, calm, patience, good temper, modesty” from an ideal diplomat, as defined by Harold Nicolson, the British diplomat famous for his books and diaries. Donald Trump’s twitter page in Washington, DC using a Game of Thrones-styled montage. In April 2019 the US President tweeted “Game Over” declaring himself fully vindicated in the investigation into Russian election meddling and alleged collusion in the 2016 presidential elections.With the ad..

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    Return of the State Department news briefing

    State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus in April. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)By Carol Morello, The Washington PostMay 28 at 4:27 PMThe State Department spokeswoman was at the lectern again Tuesday, fielding questions from reporters about hot spots causing diplomatic agita.Morgan Ortagus [JB: "She grew up in Florida and won the Miss Florida Citrus title in 2002"] had some dismissive words for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the Iranian regime. She referred questions about a Middle East peace plan to the White House. She called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “incredibly supportive” of President Trump and his foreign policy agenda.Nothing Ortagus said was particularly groundbreaking. But the fact she was answering reporters’ questions at all was news in itself.Ending an intermittent hiatus, the State Department’s regular news briefing is coming back. After a couple of off-camera practice runs such as Tuesday’s, on-camera briefings are expected to resume later this we..

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    Climate Change Diplomacy Week

    climate-diplomacy.org image (not from entry) from 27 May, 2019 to 09 June, 2019 Global Climate Diplomacy Week 2019 Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century, presenting risks to international prosperity and security. Securing international action in response is a key foreign policy challenge. From 27 May to 9 June 2019, embassies around the world will celebrate Climate Diplomacy Week by reaching out to communities and partner organisations, highlighting positive global action and collaboration on climate change. Several events will take place to bring focus to climate action in the EU and beyond. Conferences, citizens’ debates, exhibitions, films and social media activities aimed to encourage informed debate on post-Paris climate diplomacy. 2019 will also see a second Climate Diplomacy Weeks from 24 September to 6 October 2019. The first German-UK-French Climate Diplomacy Day was held on 9 September 2014. Events held that day in German, British and French missi..

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    Taxonomy of Public Diplomacy Perspectives

    researchgate.net Taxonomy of Public Diplomacy Perspectives | Download Table Table 2- uploaded by Kadir Jun Ayhan Content may be subject to copyright.DownloadView publicationTaxonomy of Public Diplomacy Perspectives Source publication The Boundaries of Public Diplomacy and Nonstate Actors: A Taxonomy of PerspectivesArticleFull-text availableJan 2019Kadir Jun AyhanPublic diplomacy (PD) lacks an agreed-upon definition and boundaries. The ambiguity surrounding the conceptualization of the term leads to confusion among scholars and practitioners and hinders the consolidation of PD as an academic field. This article surveys 160 articles and books on PD, categorizes diverse perspectives into a taxonomy, and explo... ViewCitations... Following the September 11 attacks, "new public diplomacy" (Melissen, 2005;Seib, 2009;Snow, 2009) was introduced in order to move away from the one-way communication of old public diplomacy and toward two-way symmetrical communication practices. New public diplom..

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    Latest on Smart Power/the latest diplomacies ...

    blogs.gwu.edu image (not from entry) from Internet Latest on Smart Power Eco-Diplomacy: What is it?by IPDGC | May 22, 2019 | Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, public diplomacyBy Cassie Rudolph (GWU, Political Communication, Class of 2020) Public diplomacy takes many forms, which are constantly shifting and adapting to meet the ends of an evolving world. The emergence of social media, for example, has changed the structure of many public...Seeing the Benefits of an International Educationby IPDGC | May 1, 2019 | Exchanges, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, public diplomacyBy Tess Peterson, GWU undergraduate student (SMPA 2021) As a student in Washington, D.C., I knew the norm was to have an internship early in my college career. But I have had several! In fact, I’ve held three different positions, including the latest as Government...Futbol Diplomacyby IPDGC | Apr 5, 2019 | Cultural Diplomacy, Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Commu..

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    United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy

    blogger.com Our Mission Since 1948, the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] (ACPD) has been charged with appraising U.S. Government activities intended to understand, inform and influence foreign publics and to increase the understanding of, and support for, these same activities. The ACPD conducts research and symposiums that provide honest assessments and informed discourse on public diplomacy efforts across government. It reports to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. Currently, the office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs supports it. Follow Us: Facebook [...] For any questions, please contact the staff’s Senior Advisor Jennifer Rahimi at [email protected]

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    Public Diplomacy Officer Jobs, Employment in Washington, DC ... (from google search, under the term, "public diplomacy")

    indeed.com image (not from entry) fromDirector of Individual GivingAmericans United for Separation of Church and State 2 reviewsWashington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle area)Religion does not dictate public policy. Tact and diplomacy in building strong working relationships with colleagues, volunteers and donors;...Easily applySponsored - save jobNational Director, Farm ProgramAmerican Humane 9 reviewsWashington, DC 20036 (Downtown area)Seek and deliver public speaking engagements, radio and TV interviews and uses social networking, coordinating public appearances with AH's communications...Easily applySponsored - save jobCommunications Manager - Eye Bank Association of America (EB...Staffing Advisors 3 reviewsWashington, DCWork with EBAA's public relations vendor to develop strategies to increase public awareness and appreciation for organ/eye/tissue donation and transplantation....Easily applySponsored - save jobOfficer, U.S. Public LandsThe Pew Charitable Trusts 49 reviewsWashin..

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    [Commencement Address by Ambassador Robert Gosende, Practitioner of Public Diplomacy par excellence]

    Keuka College: Commencement speaker and retired ambassador Robert Gosende offered a global perspective during Keuka College's 111th Commencement. (Photo: Rachel E. Dewey) - Madame President-- Mr. Board Chairman-- Distinguished other Board Members, especially Rev. Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington,-- Distinguished and talented Faculty here at Keuka College,-- And most important of all today: graduating members of the Class of 2019:-It is my great honor to be with you today. You have bestowed on me the greatest honor of my life by inviting me to speak to you on the 56th anniversary of the rev. Martin Luther King’s appearance here in 1963. I am daunted and humbled and very nervous as I attempt to meet this challenge and uphold your high standards. I hope that you will find my remarks useful. I am embarrassed that my generation is leaving you with so much to do to set our country back on a more civilized course. That is cert..

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    Daryl Copeland Guerrilla Diplomacy

    Daryl Copeland discusses his book, Guerrilla Diplomacy: Rethinking International Relations, in which he charts the course for a new kind of diplomacy, one in tune with the demands of today's interconnected, technology-driven world.

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    Are Retired Ambassadors Digital Diplomacy Assets?

    The origins of digital diplomacy may be traced back to the search for “cost-effective” diplomacy at the beginning of the 21st century. The end of the Cold War was accompanied by reductions in the funds allocated to public diplomacy activities. The demise of the Soviet Union was supposed to be replaced by a homogenous capitalist world order headed by the United States. There were no more publics that needed to be influenced. Yet the 9/11 terror attacks, and subsequent War on Terror, all demanded a renewed commitment to public diplomacy. This commitment was not necessarily supported by new resources. MFAs thus began to search for cost-effective diplomacy, a quest that led them to the digital world. Through digital technologies MFAs could create virtual global Embassies, converse with global populations and manage their nation’s image without building new facilities or erecting new establishment in the physical world. More than a decade into the era of digital diplomacy it is evident tha..

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    China’s foreign ministry finally starts using Weibo to promote its message to millennials

    The official voice of China’s foreign ministry has made its debut on Weibo, one of the country’s biggest social media platforms, as it tries to better connect with younger Chinese, 10 years after the microblogging site first began operations.

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    Blast from the Past (II): The Purposes and Cross-Purposes of American Public Diplomacy

    foreign policy. Information, education, culture, and—yes—propaganda make up the principal facets of this area of responsibility. If, as he notes, those functions are sometimes at cross-purposes, the author nonetheless contends that those tensions can contribute to a more effective presentation of America’s story to the world.—Ed.Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)—Walt Whitman, Song of MyselfThe war on terrorism has brought American public diplomacy1 to the fore of national attention. While support for these programs waned after the Cold War, American opinion-makers in government and the media now agree that they should be a more widely-used tool of U.S. foreign policy, especially in the Muslim world. The view exists, however, that public diplomacy’s pr..

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    Blast from the Past: Propaganda and Public Diplomacy

    Public Diplomacy and Propaganda: Their Differences (2008) John Brown, from American Diplomacy (original article has evidently changed site)Is “public diplomacy” just a nice way of saying “propaganda”? There are common elements, but, this essay argues, there are also some very important differences. – Ed.Not long after 9/11, former Assistant Secretary of State Richard Holbrooke, in a Washington Post article, “Get the Message Out” (October 28, 2001), asked a key question regarding the so-called “war on terror”: How could a mass murderer who publicly praised the terrorists of Sept. 11 be winning the hearts and minds of anyone? How can a man in a cave outcommunicate the world's leading communications society?What was needed to offset terrorists, Holbrooke wrote, was “public diplomacy, or public affairs, or psychological warfare, or – if you really want to be blunt – propaganda.” Holbrooke is not the first person to equate public diplomacy..

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    Staff Assistant Job in Washington, DC

    federalgovernmentjobs.us Vacancy No. ECA-2019-0044 Department Department of State - Agency Wide Salary $99,172.00 to $128,920.00 Grade 13 to 13 Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time Open Date 5/20/2019 Close Date 5/28/2019 Job Link Application instruction listed in job description Who may apply Status Candidates Locations: WASHINGTON, DC Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully) Overview Open & closing dates Opening and closing dates 05/20/2019 to 05/28/2019 Service Competitive Pay scale & grade GS 13 Salary $99,172 to $128,920 per year Appointment type Permanent Work schedule Full-Time Locations 1 vacancy in the following location: Washington, DC 1 vacancy Relocation expenses reimbursed No Telework eligible Yes as determined by agency policy This job is open to Internal to an agency Current federal employees of this agency. Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL) Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee. Clarification from the agen..

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    Global Ties Alabama accepting host families

    themadisonrecord.com image from article By Gregg Parker Email the authorPublished 2:49 pm Monday, May 20, 2019MADISON – This year, Global Ties Alabama or GTA has placed visitors from Africa, Kosovo, the Middle East, Argentina, Central American, Ukraine and other countries in Madison homes. Currently, GTA is recruiting host families for youth delegates in late summer.In the Tennessee Valley, GTA promotes global peace and understanding through citizen diplomacy. Founded in 1965 as International Services Council of Alabama, GTA was an outreach of Huntsville Rotary Club to welcome international military trainees to Redstone Arsenal.GTA partners with the U.S. Department of State to customize study programs for emerging international leaders. “It has been extremely successful with high school students” from many countries,” GTA CEO Jacqueline Shipe said.This year, the U.S. State Department sponsored Pan Africa Leadership Conference to promote mutual understanding and strengthen connections ..

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    Princeton researcher enumerates Bolton-Netanyahu misinformation and gradual approaches against Iran

    tehrantimes.com, May 21, 2019 uncaptioned image from article TEHRAN - Seyyed Hossein Mousavian [JB - see], a former Iranian nuclear negotiator who currently acts as a Princeton University researcher, has said that there will be no war between Iran and the U.S. in the current situation. “Controversies in recent weeks, including dispatch of U.S. warship is more of a psychological warfare and Bolton-Netanyahu team is not planning to begin any war in the current situation,” he told ISNA in an interview published on Monday. “Netanyahu [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] and [U.S. National Security Advisor John] Bolton, have a two-phase plan with eight parts in their agenda to be implemented until the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first tenure to bring him into a war,” he commented. He said that the first phase is “maximum pressure” with four parts: first “economic war”, second “political war”, third “psychological-advertising war and public diplomacy” [JB emphasis] and the fo..

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    Huawei’s ‘Teachable Moment’ on Public Diplomacy

    Over the past few months, a competition to corner the market on new fifth generation (5G) mobile networks has erupted into a global turf war between the United States and China. Citing national security concerns, Washington has urged its allies and partners around the world to ban the use of equipment manufactured by China’s leading telecommunications company, Huawei, in their 5G infrastructure. In response to the US government’s actions, Huawei decided to fight back with a tool straight out of the age-old diplomatic playbook: a media campaign directed at American journalists and the US public. This charm offensive could accurately be termed a “public diplomacy” initiative. As defined by diplomatic historian and University of Southern California professor Nick Cull, public diplomacy is “an international actor’s attempt to manage the international environment through engagement with a foreign public.” Huawei’..

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    Xi Jinping drops in on diners at Beijing restaurant, chats with deliverymen

    Chinese President dropped in on surprised diners at a small Beijing restaurant and chatted with deliverymen on Friday on an apparently unscripted visit ahead of next week‘s Lunar New Year holiday.Such relaxed interactions between senior politicians and the public are uncommon in a country where even leaders‘ birthdays or family backgrounds are often closely held secrets.Leaders generally use the time around the festival to make carefully choreographed, well pre-arranged inspection trips around the country where they flag important policy initiatives or areas of concern for the year ahead.Xi last year visited villagers in a poor southwestern part of China, to press home his campaign against poverty.On Friday, state television showed Xi walking into the restaurant in a southern district of Beijing known for its traditional alleyways and courtyards, asking how much the food was and how long the owners had been in ..

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    The importance of Public Diplomacy as an instrument of foreign policy and what makes a good diplomatic agent

    The importance of Diplomacy as an instrument of foreign policy and what makes a good diplomatic agentExcerpt: The importance of Public Diplomacy on foreign policy and its challenges Public diplomacy is one of the most important parts of international and intercultural communication (DeMars, 2005; Nye, 2008). Governments across the world tend to use public diplomacy as an effective tool to build a positive image with publics of other countries. Public diplomacy efforts aim at influencing foreign publics, so that they may influence their own government’s actions toward another nation. Public diplomacy efforts have blended both interpersonal and mass communication tactics. Governments have used mass communication including rad..

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    Russia's Public Diplomacy: Evolution and Practice

    Russian public diplomacy attracts growing attention in the current global climate of tension and competition. However, it is often not understood or is misunderstood. Although some articles and book chapters exist, there are almost no books on Russian public diplomacy neither in Russian, nor in English. This edited collection is an in-depth and broad analysis of Russian public diplomacy in its conceptual understanding and its pragmatic aims and practice. Various aspects of Russian public diplomacy – from cultural to business practices – will interest professors, students and practitioners from various countries. Written by a diverse collection of the most prominent and capable scholars, from academia to international organizations, with a wealth of knowledge and objective experience..

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    Press and Public Affairs Internship

    reliefweb.int image (not from entry) fromJOBfrom UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Closing date: 31 May 2019The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in Geneva represents the interests and policies of the UK at the UN and is recruiting a highly motivated and skilled person to do an internship with the Mission’s small and dynamic Press and Public Affairs (PPA) team.The internship offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the PPA team’s cross-mission work, with a focus on social media management, communications campaign management and events.The internship will offer insight into the public diplomacy [JB emphasis] work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the opportunity to learn about the UK’s work on a range of issues that include human rights, humanitarian assistance, trade and health issues. The work is both challenging and rewarding. We often work under time pressure in a fast-paced environment. Essential qualifications, skills and experienceFluency in English (both..

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    What Game of Thrones Teaches Us about the Value of Public Diplomacy

    As HBO’s blockbuster drama “Game of Thrones,” came to end this weekend after nearly a decade of pop culture dominance, it raised many burning questions (no pun intended) But the biggest of these was how Daenerys Targaryen (Dany), champion of the underdog and feminist hero, might have avoided her own tragic downfall. Her descent into megalomania arises from her conviction that she only has “fear” instead of “love” from the people. Perhaps some well-executed public diplomacy could have made all the difference.First things first–what is public diplomacy [JB emphasis] (PD)? Public diplomacy is the communication by a government (or in this case a leader) to foreign publics to foster understanding, dialogue, and good will across cultures. If done well, it can contribute to a nation..

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    Security Cooperation Specialist (NATO) – Wiesbaden, Germany

    lemonwire.com image from Wikipedia Immediate Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, Department of the Army Job ID: 95585 Start Date: 05/14/2019 End Date: 05/28/2019Qualification Summary Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities. 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans Current Department of Army Civilian Employees Applying to OCONUS Positions Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)Excepted Service Overseas Family Member Appointmen tFamily Member Preference (FMP) for Overseas Employment Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan Military Spouse Preference (MSP) for Overseas Employment Non-Department of Def..

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    What Sri Lanka has to teach the world

    Robert D. Eldridge, japantimes.co.jp, May 20, 2019 image (not from article) fromExcerpt: Sri Lanka ranks 8th in the World Giving Index, suggesting a compassionate society in volunteering and donating, despite its not yet being a developed country. Economically, and in other areas, it is a country worth watching. The country, however, also has numerous problems in health care, access to higher education, poverty, social problems and many areas that are not being properly or adequately addressed. It was because of this that a news organization in Sri Lanka, Newsfirst, specifically decided to examine these problems at the local and individual level beginning in 2013, calling it Gammadda, which is Sinhalese for “amid the village.” Subsequently, partnering with a local university, it conducted household-by-household surveys of the problems residents faced in 2016, 2017 and again in 2018. The United Nations recognized this initial information-gathering effort at the first-ever World Humanita..

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    Knesset to Vote on Canceling Limit on Minister in Next Governemt

    Lahav Markov, jpost.com, May 20, 2019 Image from article, with caption: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a cabinet meeting. (photo credit: YANIR COZIN / MAARIV) Excerpt: The Knesset is expected to vote in a first reading to cancel the 2013 law limiting the number of ministers in a government to 18, following Sunday’s cabinet approval of the move. The bill, which will have to go through three votes in the Knesset, the first of which is expected to take place Monday evening, would allow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appoint as many ministers as he needs to complete coalition negotiations. The negotiations have been at an impasse for the past week, and no progress was made as of Sunday night. The deadline for Netanyahu to form a government is Tuesday, May 28. Netanyahu lamented that potential coalition partners are making outlandish demands and need to be more realistic. “I hope that we will find a way, as soon as possible, to bring them back to reality so that we can form a st..

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    A Win for Deniers of the Occupation

    Haaretz Editorial, haaretz.com, May 20, 2019 Germany's lower house of parliament which passed a motion equating BDS with anti-Semitism. Fabrizio Bensch/ReutersIsrael claims victory after Germany's BDS ban at the expense of minimizing the HolocaustGermany, shame on you and your anti-BDS resolutionA daughter of Palestinian refugees, this German politician is fighting anti-SemitismThe decision by the German parliament to condemn the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and to define it as anti-Semitic is a diplomatic achievement for those who deny the occupation and refuse negotiations, chief among them Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The strategic investment in public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and nurturing German guilt for the Holocaust paid off; this is the first time that a major European parliament has declared the BDS movement anti-Semitic. Naturally, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, whose ministry led the battle against the BDS movement,..

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    American soft power in the Trump age

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has shown little interest in public diplomacy. And yet public diplomacy - a government’s efforts to communicate directly with other countries’ publics - is one of the key instruments policymakers use to generate soft power,

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    Activists urge Airbnb users to shut accounts over Israeli settlements

    By AFP and TOI STAFF, timesofisrael.com, 15 May 2019; see also; on Airbnb, see After Israeli pressure, the company last month reversed course and scrapped plans to ban Jewish listings in the West Bank shares A home in the northern WEST Bank available for rent on Airbnb. (Samaria Tourism)Campaigners on Wednesday called on supporters of the Palestinian cause to deactivate their Airbnb accounts, at least temporarily, to protest the vacation rental firm’s listings in settlements in the West Bank.After Israeli pressure, the company last month reversed course and scrapped plans to bar homes in settlements from listing on the site.The decision led to fresh anger from groups opposed to the settlements, which most countries consider illegal under international law. A range of organizations including Jewish Voice for Peace and the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] have backed a call for an at least temporary deactivation, with organizers saying thousands had pledged to do s..

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    Scott Boxer, APN Intern: "Hanan Ashrawi and the Trump Administration's War Against the Palestinian Leadership"

    peacenow.org, 5/15/2019; on APN, see This week, the Trump administration undertook yet another move to delegitimize the Palestinian national movement and sever contacts with Palestinian leaders. Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a high-ranking member of the PLO Executive Committee and head of the Department of Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and Policy for the Palestinian Authority, announced on May 13th that the US had denied her a visa without providing an explanation. Ashrawi, who earned a doctorate from the University of Virginia and has negotiated with every US administration from Reagan to Obama, was slated to speak at several think tanks and universities and planned to visit family. Ashrawi has been fiercely critical of the Trump administration.As the latest of a set of hostile actions by the Trump administration against high-ranking and influential Palestinians, the denial of a visa to Hanan Ashrawi should be of great concern to advocates of a two-state solution.The administration’s approach ..

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    Department of State-Embassy of the United States, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Notice of Funding Opportunity FY2019

    tz.usembassy.gov; image (not entry) from The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania is pleased to announce that funding is available through the Public Affairs Section’s Annual Program Statement (APS), which outlines our funding priorities, the strategic themes we focus on, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding. Please read carefully the instructions below before applying.Public Diplomacy Program Office: Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] (PD) Announcement/Award Type: Grant, Individual Grant, Property Grant and Cooperative Agreement Funding Opportunity Number: DOS-DAR-2019 Funding Opportunity Title: Annual Program Statement for Public Diplomacy Deadline for Applications: July 31, 2019 (12:00 pm. GMT) Individual award amount: The award floor is $1,000 and the ceiling is $25,000Program Description The purpose of this APS is to award a limited number of grants to individuals, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, and academic institutions. Proposals funded by PD under this APS will ..

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    Vietnam School Visit To Remember

    publicnow.com ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY05/19/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/18/2019 20:20 When members of the INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019 Joint Task Force entered the gates of Thai Nguyen Secondary School in Nha Trang, Vietnam, they were surprised and humbled at the reception from more than 1000 cheering children.The school's courtyard was lined with bright lights and colourful decorations in preparation for performances from the students and the Australian Army Band.The Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force 661, Captain Andrew Quinn, and 40 Australian Defence Force and US Marines personnel were welcomed at a formal ceremony.The students performed cultural song and dance routines, which brought everyone to their feet to clap in unison.English teacher Nguyen vu Phuong nha said the students had prepared for a month and were ecstatic the day had finally arrived.'We are so happy to welcome all the Australian and American defence people to our school,' Phuong nh..

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    With a minor note on Richard Holbrooke's Public Diplomacy: A Review of George Packer's book, "Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century."

    Book Review of Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer Knopf, 592 pp., $30.00 From the below New York Review of Books review by Thomas Powers. under the title : "The Fog of Ambition" “Holbrooke was the mission leader,” Packer writes, “and he loved speed.” “By the time” Obama was elected, Packer writes, “Iraq was the letter ‘I’ stamped on the foreheads of Democrats like Holbrooke.” Thomas Powers, The New York Review of Books JUNE 6, 2019 ISSUE Tomas Muscionico/Contact Press ImagesRichard Holbrooke and Kofi Annan at the United Nations, New York City, October 2000***JB: A Minor note for historians, an addendum to the above-cited book review* [I served as the Public Affairs Officer at American Embassy Belgrade, 1995-1998, and spent much time in the presence of Holbrooke, especially when he was communicating with the media. My job was to handle public diplomacy at the U.S. mission. Some observations pertaining to that driven (for what destination?) r..

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    The most popular image on Instagram

    The most popular image on Instagram World Record Egg is now the most popular image on Instagram. View this post on Instagram Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this #LikeTheEgg #EggSoldiers #EggGang A post shared by EGG GANG (@world_record_egg) on Jan 4, 2019 at 9:05am PST On 4th January 2019, an anonymous group posted a picture of an egg with the intention of surpassing the most popular Instagram post of all time. The previous record was held by a picture of Kylie Jenner’s baby. View this post on Instagram stormi webster A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Feb 6, 2018 at 1:14pm PST Ten days later, on January 14th, world_record_egg’s first and only picture reached 18.2 million likes to catapult it into first place. By the time of the writing, the Egg had harnessed +33 million likes and climbing. Kylie Jenner noticed the new kid in town… View this pos..

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    How journalists should track politicians on social media

    Around election times, monitoring politicians on social media comes to the forefront. We analysed in the past how creating buzz on social has helped or harmed political candidates in the United States, France, and Finland. This spring, we’ve taken unprecedented effort to capture the entire spectrum of political hopefuls by adding almost 1000 candidates into our election filter. There are party leaders and official party pages, plus virtually everyone with a public page on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram who is running for a seat in the Finnish parliament this spring. (Over 400 candidates have no public pages on social media at all.) You can find both filters in Trending: Eduskuntavaalit 2019, Eduskuntavaalit Puoluejohtajat 2019. How to make sense of filters where you’re tracking politicians? 1. Quickly see which politician’s own posts are noticed on social media. What might be surprising is that it’s not always party leaders who get the most engagement. Social media candidates with..

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    50% of all news posts on Instagram are serious

    Combining both sets of posts gives us a very neat split of 20 Entertainment stories, 40 Viral, and 60 Serious.

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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

    prweek.com Added 18 hours ago by Robin Gordon-Farleigh 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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    The Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy at IDC Herzliya

    The Asper Foundation dedicated the Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications on June 9, 2007 at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya.Established through a $1 million donation by The Asper Foundation, The Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy focuses on the study and use of new media technologies in telling Israel’s story to the world. The unique capabilities of these technologies allow innovative depiction of Israel from new and different perspectives. The Asper Institute also provides workshops on creating effective new media advocacy campaigns and works with students in producing video, audio and written content about various aspects of life in Israel for use in new media channels such as the blogosphere, virtual worlds, social networks, computer games, pod casts and more.As well, the Institute’s courses, seminars and programs in the area of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] are part of the degrees in IDC studies an..

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    U.S. Embassy South Africa: Funding Opportunities for Non-Profit and Academic Institutions, and Individuals to Support Public Diplomacy Programs

    ngopulse.org, Monday 13 May, 2019 - 11:38 Working alongside South African partners to build a more secure, democratic, and prosperous South Africa Opportunity closing date: Friday, 31 May, 2019 Opportunity type: Call for proposals The Public Affairs Section of the Embassy announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out or support our programs, which include, but are not limited to educational, vocational and cultural exchanges.We also invite proposals for small grants for programs that will provide South African audiences with current, accurate information and opportunities for increased understanding of U.S. policies, government, society, history, and culture.Open for ApplicationHackathons for SA: Digital Solutions for Real-World Challenges: (Closing May 31)Go green on campuses and in surrounding communities: An exchange for South African and American undergraduate students (Closing May 31)Promoting Volunteerism and Community Engagement: Program to..

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    U.S. Mission to Mexico announces Public Diplomacy Grant Program – Promoting STEAM Education

    www2.fundsforngos.org Monterrey Mexico Wall Art image (not from entry) from Deadline: 28 May 2019The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the United States Consulate General in Monterrey, in cooperation with U.S. Consulates General Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo, has announced an open competition for civil society organizations to submit applications to carry out public diplomacy [JB emphasis] projects in the states of Coahuila, Durango, NuevoLeon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas.This NOFO seeks to promote opportunities for civil society organizations to develop activities, campaigns, or projects to advance shared priorities of the United States and Mexico through cultural and educational programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. Program Theme/GoalThe goal of this NOFO is to strengthen community-based organizations in support of activities to promote STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), particularly for Mexican..

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    U.S. Embassy in Vietnam announces Public Diplomacy Federal Assistance Awards 2019

    Deadline: 1 June 2019The U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to announce funding is available through the Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Federal Assistance Awards.This Annual Program Statement solicits proposals for projects that further the U.S. Mission’s public diplomacy goals of expanding media engagement, strengthening people-to-people ties between Vietnam and the United States, and building and strengthening local partners through the specific objectives listed below.ObjectivesProposals must explicitly address one or more of the Public Affairs Section priority objectives listed below and create or extend the communities engaged in those areas:Economic Prosperity: improved opportunities for U.S. businesses, labor standards, developing soft skills to work with U.S. businesses, reducing the bilateral trade deficit, intellectual property rights, promotion of U.S. products, or U.S. business va..

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    ‘Iran-Cuba Friendship Association firm to push for closer cultural ties’

    The Iran-Cuba Friendship Association is determined to make every effort to boost the cultural ties between the people of Iran and Cuba, says Hadi Khansari, president of the association.In an interview with the Tehran Times, Khansari voiced his admiration for Cuba and its people, explaining what the Iran-Cuba Friendship Association stands for and what activities it is involved in.According to Khansari, the association was founded in 1381 (2002) by Naser Taqvaee, Farrokh Tamimi, M. Azad and Shams Al Ahamd, but its activities got serious only after he himself got involved in it in 1382 (2003).“As you know, friendship groups receive their permits as NGOs from the Interior Ministry. They work under the public diplomacy [JB emphasis] department of the Foreign Ministry and they must be confirmed by security and intelligence services,” he explained.“Soon after I jointed the Iran-Cuba Friendship Association, the association held the fi..

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    Singapur usvojio zakon protiv lažnih vesti i botovanja

    Singapur je usvojio kontroverzni zakon protiv lažnih vesti, koji vlastima omogućava da nalože onlajn platformama, pa čak i privatnim grupama za ćaskanje, da izbrišu ono što se proceni kao neistinita izjava "protiv javnog interesa", kao i da moraju da objave ispravku.

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    An artist's concept of the T-80 courtesy of "Soviet Military Power" Magazine in 1982 [1593x1049]

    Soviet Military Power was a public diplomacy [JB emphasis] publication of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which provided an estimate of the military strategy and capabilities of the Soviet Union during the final years of the Cold War, ostensibly to alert the US public to the significant military capabilities of the Soviet Armed Forces. First published in early October 1981, it became an annual publication from 1983 until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Already in draft as the Soviet Union collapsed, the 1991 version was retitled "Military Forces in Transition". In addition to the majority English version, Soviet Military Power was translated, printed, and disseminated in a variety of languages, including German, French, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish.

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    Press Engagement Program to strengthen Capacity of Journalists and Accuracy of Reporting in Pakistan

    fundsforngos.org image (not from entry): U.S. Embassy in Islamabad Deadline: 9 June 2019The Information Office (IO) in the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America in Islamabad, Pakistan has announced ‘Press Engagement Program’ to strengthen Pakistan’s free press.The program aims to strengthen the capacity of journalists and the accuracy of reporting in Pakistan. It seeks to address the gaps in their professional knowledge by providing training to journalists in new or traditional forms of media that also support professional standards in journalism, increasing participants’ knowledge and skills in producing and reporting quality news stories, and exposing them to high professional standards.The program will consist of several workshops, for reporters who cover violent extremism. The purpose is to teach reporters how to ethically cover acts of violence in order to protect victims and their families. Workshops should encourage reporters to responsibly repor..

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    Public Diplomacy: Panagiotis Agrafiotis on the Discreet Charm of Press Officers

    Public diplomacy [JB emphasis]is a widely and frequently used term that “has been defined so many times over the years by different actors in different nations, that it is difficult, if not impossible, to establish a singular definition which reflects the broad array of interests and practices associated with it”[1]. The term “public diplomacy” was coined in 1965 by Edmund Gullion, Dean of the Edward Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University[2]. Gullion, who believed that journalists and diplomats had much in common, defined Public Diplomacy as “dealing with the influence of public attitudes on the formation and execution of foreign policies”, which was further defined as “using modern instruments and techniques of communication to inform large or influential segments of national populations that may even motivate them to a particular course of action”[3]. In other words, Public Diplomacy’s ultim..

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    Shifting Attitudes in the Arab World toward Israel: The Importance of Public Diplomacy

    How do Arab citizens view Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and what does this mean for US public diplomacy? To what extent have attitudes shifted since 2006, and should US public diplomacy strategies change accordingly? This article assesses national-level public opinion toward diplomatic, security, and economic relations with Israel using new Arab Barometer data from fifteen Arab countries spanning a ten year period between 2006 and 2016. Several findings emerge. First, support for recognizing Israel if a two-state solution is reached with the Palestinians declined between 2006 and 2013 in six countries — Lebanon, Iraq, and North Africa (including Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt)..

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    My heart was in the East. Now, my body is too.

    Libi b’mizrach aval ani b’sof ma’arav. My heart is in the East, but I am at the edge of West. That line, written hundreds of years ago, is a common sentiment among Israeli Americans like me. Though we physically live in the United States, our hearts, minds and souls are always in Israel. I’ve heard many friends liken that saying to a sense of lost identity, but for me, it’s exactly the opposite. Being an Israeli American and a Jewish American, I feel like I’m part of this amazing global Jewish community, from Berkeley to Jerusalem, connecting me with a network of Jewish thinkers, builders and doers. And thanks to a Masa Israel Journey program, I’m growing that network by living and working in Israel this year as part of their Israel Government Fellows Program. Returning to Israel felt like bringing my family’s history full circle. My parents came to Israel in 1991, fleeing persecution in the for..

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    Richard Holbrooke and Public Diplomacy

    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?

    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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    The Power of the Arts in Public Diplomacy

    amerikahaus.de; original article contains links Freitag, 10. Mai 2019, 18:00 Uhr During his musical performance, American classical pianist John Robilette will share insights about his time as a cultural ambassador during the Cold War. Free admission. The Power of the Arts in Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Lecture and Musical Performance / Free admission American classical pianist John Robilette created and directed the Artistic Ambassador Program for the American government in the 1980s. This cultural exchange program sent unrecognized American classical musicians on concert tours throughout 63 countries overseas to support U.S. American public diplomacy. During his musical performance, he will share insights about being a cultural ambassador during the Cold War. John Robilette has performed throughout the world on four continents and in 25 countries to critical acclaim. He has been honored in the White House and also gave a recital as part of the inaugural festivities for President..

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    Video: Joseph Nye on 'Cooperative Rivalry' Between the U.S. and China

    chinausfocus.com, April 08, 2019 Nye image from entry In an interview with James Chau Editor-at-Large of China-US Focus, Harvard Professor Joseph Nye likens the current state of the U.S.-China relationship as a “cooperative rivalry.” He says that there are going to be elements of rivalry— take for example, issues like the South China Sea, but there are going to be areas of cooperation, areas like climate change. “We have to learn to realize that the relationship is going to be complex, but if we lose sight of the cooperative part of the relationship, we're all going to be the worse off for it,” he says. Nye also dismisses the assertion that China is an existential threat to the United States. “I think in the long run, the US and China do not present existential threats to each other. Neither of us is trying to destroy the other. And that means that the rivalry is something we can manage.”

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    Israel counters Eurovision boycott campaign with Google ads

    Stephen Farrell, Reuters, May 10, 2019; see also (1) (2) JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has launched a PR campaign to counter calls for a boycott of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest final in Tel Aviv, using Google ads which refer to the boycott but lead to a glossy website extolling Israel. The international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement dismissed the tactic as “crude propaganda”.BDS has called on artists, music fans and broadcasters to avoid the 2019 contest, arguing that it amounts to “whitewashing” Israel’s policies towards Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Israel calls international boycotts discriminatory and anti-Semitic.Internet advertisements on Google featuring the words “boycott” and “Eurovision” encourage searchers to click on a link that, in fact, leads them to a pro-Israel website which - in a play on the BDS initials - extols Israel as “Beautiful, Diverse, Sensational”.The advertisement makes no obvious mention of the Israeli government. B..

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    Intelligence: AI, Foreign Policy, and National Governance Impact: Focus on China

    Arthur Gwagwa, moderndiplomacy.eu, May 10, 2019 uncaptioned image from article How China’s AI technology exports may lead to the emergence of new power structures outside the control of existing governance and accountability frameworks and impact the rules-based global order and geopolitical alliances. BACKGROUND CONTEXTThe notion of power and geopolitical influence in the digital eraUntil recently, analytical attention to the development of digital technologies, including AI, has tended to focus on corporations such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon(GAFAs). These GAFAs, some of them deemed to be more powerful than some states, have changed the notion of power and geopolitical influence. These corporations are leveraging the power of AI, networks, data intelligence infrastructures, and regulatory frameworks to impact public space around the world. This is leading to the emergence of new power structures outside the control of existing liberal democratic and human rights accountab..

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    CIA to Host Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Innovation Summit

    WEBWIRE – Friday, May 10, 2019 What:The Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Innovation Summit brings food producers, purveyors, and distributors from the region together for one day to share ideas and to learn what’s trending in the food and beverage industry. Media attendees will gain a sense of what’s driving the current future dining and beverage trends in the Hudson Valley, and how local businesses can leverage these areas for growth:Vegan FoodsKosher FoodsSakeCraft BeerArtisanal Food and Beverage InnovationThis educational business-to-business event features influential speakers, panel discussions, vendor booths, tasting and networking opportunities. The full program is at: www.hvfbs.org.When:Tuesday, May 14, Noon–5:45 p.m.Where:Marriott Pavilion The Culinary Institute of America 1946 Campus Drive Hyde Park, NY 12538Who:Guest speakers:Dutchess County Executive Marcus MolinaroCIA President Tim RyanGalit Peleg, Consul for Public Diplomacy [JB underlining], Consulate General of IsraelKevin..

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    Denmark in Arts

    usa.um.dk #DenmarkinArts 2018-2020 The Danish Embassy in DC and the Consulate General in New York are currently working on a large-scale Danish-American cultural initiative that aims to strengthen the cultural and artistic ties between Denmark and the US. Six American cities have been chosen, where Danish and American partners work together to develop cultural projects:AustinHoustonSeattleLos AngelesChicagoDetroitThe initiative spans a wide range of activities and partners: Museum exhibitions, artist residencies, curatorial exchanges, musical festivals, ballet performances, music export etc.The overall aim with the initiative is to develop partnerships and networks between artists, cultural institutions and organizations, city to city partnerships, collaboration between festivals and arts scenes, interaction with creative businesses and educational milieus. The initiative also works to contribute to conversations on continued development of our societies and urban spaces towards susta..

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    Qatar has become a world hub for cultural exchange

    thepeninsulaqatar.com; uncaptioned image from article The PeninsulaDoha: Doha has emerged as a world hub for cultural and knowledge exchange, making an international platform for dialogue, Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara said.Sulaiti made this statement after Qatar received the presidency of the Global Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Network for the next three years that this will enhance Katara’s role in being an intercultural centre and a host for innovations and creativity.“Katara plays a big vital role in supporting public cultural diplomacy through its distinguished activities and forums throughout the year by setting up mega festivals, meetings, awards, projects and pioneering cultural initiatives”, Sulaiti added.Sulaiti highlighted the great achievements of Katara in 2018, in the field of culture, noting that several cultural and educational projects were established during that period of time such as the opening of th..

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    Dept of State - Public Diplomacy with India

    aniportalimages.s3.amazonaws.com image from Sponsor Deadline: Jun 29, 2019 Sponsor: Dept of State US Mission to India UI Contact: [email protected] (link sends e-mail) Updated Date: May 8, 2019Email this(link sends e-mail)Promoting Diversity and Tolerance through Interfaith and Interclass Community Service Projects - The grantee will work with local partners and the consulate to identify up to 500 youth, aged 12-25 from different cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, to participate in the program to be held in a secondary city in one of the following four western Indian states. Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai (PAS Mumbai) M-NOFO-19-110-REPOST Grants.gov https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315368(link is external) deadline June 29, 2019Organize Conference “Opportunities for U.S.-Indian Higher Education STEM Collaboration” M-NOFO-19-109 grants.gov https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=..

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    Summer of Public Diplomacy

    globaltiesus.org The Global Ties Summer of Public Diplomacy series seeks to inform and advance understanding of the role of citizens in shaping international affairs. From July 17-18, this two-day series of events will help current and emerging public diplomacy leaders connect on global issues and advance U.S. civic engagement locally, nationally, and internationally. Through tailored workshops, panel discussions, and social networking, the Summer of Public Diplomacy will convene a broad range of Americans who are increasingly leading U.S. public diplomacy efforts at home and abroad. This includes cultivating business and educational partnerships, hosting international visitors, and advocating for America's continued leadership on the global stage at the grassroots level. Empowered citizens are key to building a globally literate workforce. Whether you are a young or mid-career professional, join us this summer as we explore ways to connect, lead, and mobilize a global network of..

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    Notice of Charter Renewal for the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy

    federalregister.gov image from Wikipedia A Notice by the State Department on 05/09/2019; [original article contains links]. SUMMARY: The official designation of this advisory committee is the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. [JB emphasis] The Commission was originally established under Section 604 of the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, as amended, and under Section 8 of Reorganization Plan Number 2 of 1977. It was reauthorized pursuant to Section 702 of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Pub. L. 114-323), which amended the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6553) and re-authorized the Commission through September 30, 2020. The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy appraises U.S. government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. The Advisory Commission may conduct studies, inquiries, and meetings, as it deems necessary. It may assemble and ..

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    [The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC is looking for a Press, Media and Public Diplomacy Specialist]

    dooule.com Polish Embassy image from The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC is looking for a Press, Media and Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Specialist Position: Press, Media and Public Diplomacy Specialist Type of employment: Full-time employment for 1 year on a local contract with possibility of multiple extensions Starting date: September 1, 2019 Location: Embassy of Poland, 2640 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 Deadline for applications: May 31, 2019 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Responsibilities: You will take on the full-time position of Press, Media and Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Specialist, as part of the Embassy’s Culture, Science and Media team. You will work directly with the Embassy’s Press Counselor in all areas of public relations, media relations, public diplomacy, digital diplomacy, and event management. You will play an integral role in driving the Embassy’s proactive public ..

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    Call for Nominations: Fulbright Association Board of Directors

    fulbright.org uncaptioned image from entry Nominations are now being accepted for the Fulbright Association 2020 Board of Directors. You may nominate yourself or another person. Having received a Fulbright is desired but not required for nominees.Consideration by the Governance and Nominating (GN) Committee in proposing new members to the Board of Directors will include:Needs of the Board in view of its prospective work,Representation of the disciplines reflected in the Fulbright program,Ethnic diversity,Gender diversity,Geographic diversity,Age diversity, andInstitutional and financial leadership experience.Directors:Serve a three-year term starting January 1, 2020,Must be members of the Association,Must have significant prior board experience,Must contribute annual dues minimum of $1500,Must attend at least 2 of 3 board meetings/retreats annually at their own expense. (Phone conference is offered but attendance in person is required for at least one meeting.)Are required to serve as ..

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    Upcoming Events: What Role for Canada on the Global Stage?

    What Role for Canada on the Global Stage?Tuesday May 14, 20198:00am - 6:00pm Chateau Laurier Ottawa, OntarioMORE INFONew Perspectives on Shared Security: NATO's Next 70 YearsIn conjunction with NATO’s Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] DivisionMonday June 10, 20199:00am - 5:00pm Rideau Club Ottawa, OntarioMORE INFO

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    Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship

    worldjewishcongress.org; original article contains links. Become a fellow The Ronald S. Lauder Fellowship Program is an international network of top Jewish student leaders seeking to represent and advocate on behalf of the global Jewish community on campus. Ronald S. Lauder Fellows are driven, with interest in the field of public diplomacy, politics, communications, and other relevant fields. Lauder Fellows will receive leadership training, priority access to high-level speakers within WJC’s global network, access to insider events at the United Nations and other international bodies, internship opportunities, and other World Jewish Congress resources. Learn about Ambassador Lauder and his work here. Requirements Current enrollment in an institution of higher education Demonstrated leadership capacity A letter of recommendation Your CV & cover letter A 1-year commitment, with the option for extension Have any questions? Contact Yoni Hammerman at [email protected] APPLY

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    Applications for U.S. Mission India Public Diplomacy Grants Program

    ngobox.org Applications Invited for U.S. Mission India Public Diplomacy Grants ProgramOrganization: U.S. EmbassyApply By: 23 May 2019 Grant Amount: 20000 USD Grant title: Applications for U.S. Mission India Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Grants Program Deadline: 23rd June 2019 For the purposes of determining if an award is submitted on time, we will utilize the time-stamp provided by Grants.gov. This deadline is firm and is not a rolling deadline. If organizations fail to meet the deadline noted above their application will be considered ineligible and will not be considered for funding. Background: The U.S. Embassy New Delhi believes that investing in the skills development of Indian youth leaders not only helps to strengthen the talent pool within the country to address pressing socio-economic issues but also builds effective future partners for endeavors advancing U.S./India strategic interests. In order to be maximally effective thought leaders, change-makers, and partners to the U..

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    Eritreans abroad conduct various public diplomacy activities

    Asmara, 09 May 2019 - Eritrean nationals residing in Germany, the USA and Italy conducted various public diplomacy [JB emphasis] activities. According to report, the National Committee in Germany on 4 May organized a seminar to national organizations in various cities of Germany including Stuttgart and its environs, Ulm, Nuremberg and others. At the seminar briefing was given on the structure and mission of the National Committee in Germany, as well as on the principles, regulation, short and long term objective and programs. Speaking at the seminar, Dr. Ablelom Tesfay, chairman of the national committee stated that effort is being exerted to establish strong, coherent and sustainable Eritrean community in Germany. In related news, seminar was organized to nationals residing in Mannheim, Germany, on the objective situation in the homeland and the region. The head of Public and Community Affairs, Mr. Kahsai Tewelde gave extensive briefing on the opportunities and challenges that the pre..

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    Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

    usajobs.gov image from DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. Army Element SHAPE NATO Support and Procurement Agency Duties [Excerpt:]SummaryOverviewOpen & closing dates 05/08/2019 to 05/14/2019 Service Competitive Pay scale & grade GS 14 Salary $90,621 to $117,810 per year Appointment type Permanent Work schedule Full-Time Location 1 vacancy in the following location: Capellen, Luxembourg ... Duties Summary About the Position: This announcement is for a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) International position with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Resumes are not accepted. Please refer to the 'How to Apply' and 'Required Document' sections of this announcement for instructions. ... Responsibilities The incumbent is responsible to the Chief of Staff for establishing the strategic direction of all NSPA internal and external communications in close coordination with senior leadership. In setting this strategic direction, he/she must be able to conceptualise..

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    Women Can Bring Peace to Nagorno-Karabakh

    Anna Ohanyan, foreignpolicy.com, May 8, 2019; original article contains links. Image from article: A woman gestures as Armenian special police forces block a street during an opposition rally in central Yerevan on April 16, 2018. Serzh Sarkisian, AFP/Getty images After decades of strife, leaders in Armenia and Azerbaijan in January announced in a joint statement that they are ready to “prepare the populations for peace.” The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Group—the troika charged with mediating the conflict between the two over the Nagorno-Karabakh region—endures as one of the few remaining examples of U.S.-Russian cooperation. And in Armenia, a tiny, progressive opposition party recently rode a peaceful wave of popular discontent to a sweeping parliamentary victory last October. Outside elite policy circles, though, Armenian and Azerbaijani societies remain as far apart as ever. In fact, they are diverging rapidly along ideological, cultural, and generationa..

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    Public Schedule: May 9, 2019 - US Department of State

    ***THE DAILY PUBLIC SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE***DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHEDULE MAY 9, 2019image from Excerpt:ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS MARIE ROYCE11:30 a.m. Assistant Secretary Royce meets with Ambassador of Monaco to the United States Maguy Maccario Doyle, in Washington, D.C. (MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)7:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Royce delivers remarks for the celebration of the “Save Venice” cultural initiative, at the Italian Ambassador’s residence, in Washington, D.C. (MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

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    Last M Series Passport retires on May 11

    8 May 2019 — DFAT Last M Series Passport retires on May 11 By Passport Communications Take a trip back in time to 2003, when The Black Eyed Peas asked ‘Where is the love?’ and Rove McManus won the Gold Logie for being the ‘Most Popular Personality on Australian TV’. The social media behemoth MySpace was still four years away from the peak of its popularity, but the seeds of its demise were to be sown in just a couple of months by a small startup company called Facebook. On 27 November 2003, the Australian Passport Office was also about to enter a new era. With the launch of the M series passport, 80 per cent of passport production was centralised to a new facility at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. With Note Printing Australia expanding its role from the security printing of passport pages to assembling the whole book, the M series passport was a technological marvel of its time. The tamper-resistant passport design used a custom laminate with an embedded hologr..

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    Nicholas J.Cull: “I do not understand diplomacy as a monopoly of the nation-state”

    Interview with the British expert in public diplomacy, who has been invited to Barcelona by the Public Diplomacy Council of CataloniaAndreu Barnils, english.vilaweb.cat, 07.05.2019 Nicholas J.Cull (1964) is an expert in public diplomacy [JB emphasis], historian and director of the Master’s Degree in Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. Mr. Cull has specialised in diplomacy in the digital age, the importance of cinema and television series in this discipline and has just published the book Public Diplomacy – Foundations for Global Engagement in Digital Age (Polity, 2019). Cull was in Barcelona last Friday, ​​where he gave the inaugural lecture of the first public event of the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia (Diplocat) after the attempt by the Sànish government to close the entity. VilaWeb has interviewed Mr. Cull via email. – Have you been following the Catalan case recently? What do you think about it? – For many years I have pointed to Diplocat in my classes as an..

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    The Impact of “Operation Protective Edge” on Israel’s Sport Diplomacy

    cgscholar.com Views: 150Title: The Impact of “Operation Protective Edge” on Israel’s Sport DiplomacyAuthor(s): Yoav Dubinsky, Lars DzikusPublisher: Common Ground Research NetworksCollection: Common Ground Research NetworksSeries: Sport & SocietyJournal Title: The International Journal of Sport and SocietyKeywords: Israel, Sports, PoliticsVolume: 10Issue: 1Year: 2018ISSN: 2152-7857 (Print)ISSN: 2152-7865 (Online)DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2152-7857/CGP/v10i01/21-37Citation: Dubinsky, Yoav, and Lars Dzikus. 2018. "The Impact of “Operation Protective Edge” on Israel’s Sport Diplomacy." The International Journal of Sport and Society10 (1): 21-37. doi:10.18848/2152-7857/CGP/v10i01/21-37.Extent: 17 pages Abstract “Operation Protective Edge,” the round of violence between Israel and the Hamas in Gaza during the summer of 2014, had a negative impact on almost every sphere of life in Israel, including sports. Leagues were postponed, Israeli national teams and sports clubs had to host their ..

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    Trump's Muslim Brotherhood ban: 'A declaration of war on non-violent Islamists'

    Courtney Freer, middleeasteye.net, 6 May 2019 Trump’s Arab allies have used claims about the Brotherhood’s links to terrorism to dismiss the group's efforts at effecting domestic political changes Image from entry: US President Donald Trump welcomes Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi to the White House in Washington, US, 9 April (Reuters) Excerpt: No effective banAs Will McCants and Benjamin Wittes pointed out in a 2017 piece, the Muslim Brotherhood differs too substantially across national contexts to be banned effectively, and so banning the group would be akin to restricting an ideology, which is, of course, illegal.Nathan Brown and Michelle Dunne further explain the potential fallout of such a designation: "The greatest damage might be in the realm of public diplomacy [JB emphasis], as using a broad brush to paint all Muslim Brotherhood organisations as terrorists would be understood by many Muslims around the world as a declaration of war against non-violent politica..

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    Saudi Arabia Hosts First All-Female Basketball Final Against Team of Diplomats from Around the World

    abouther.com Lina AlmaeenaThis week, Saudi Arabian women hit a new milestone in the field of sports, this time through a very unique initiative launched by Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council member, Lina Al-Maeena, and Belgium’s ambassador to the Kingdom, Dominique Mineur. According to Arab News, the two women created a project that saw a Riyadh-based, all-Saudi-female team compete – and triumph – against their rivals, a team of envoys from Belgium, Switzerland, Taiwan, Algeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The sister of Al-Maeena, who is co-founder of the Riyadh United basketball team, and their teammate Dania led their team to victory, breaking the deadlock in the very last moments of the game, a few seconds into overtime. Dr. Salwa Al-Hazza, head of the ophthalmology department at King Faisal Specialist Hospital, and Martina Strong, charge d’affaires at the US Embassy in Riyadh, awarded medals and trophies to the players. Amongst those cheering the teams on were Hind Al-Za..

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    REPORT: Palestinian Group Using Bots To Fake A Boycott Campaign Against Eurovision In Israel

    Kassy Dillon, dailywire.com, May 6, 2019; original article contains links image from article Last month, the Israeli government released a report showing that Palestinian groups are using social media “bots” to grow a campaign to boycott Eurovision Song Contest 2019, which will be hosted in Israel. The report, titled “The Big Scam: How BDS is Manipulating Social Media Against Eurovision 2019,” was released by Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis]. According to the report, the investigation into the campaign started in November 2018 and found 166 bots and 41 trolls which are estimated to have reached 10 million Twitter users. The report underscores that it is likely “the number of bots and fake accounts used in this deception scheme is much greater than the findings in this report.” In the report, bots are defined as “an account whose content is created by human operators and is proliferated automatically by software.” Trolls are defined as “an active..

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    Charles L. Glazer, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy ...

    Executive Calendar Prepared Under the Direction of Julie E. Adams, Secretary of the Senate By Jennifer A. Gorham, Executive Clerk One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, May 6, 2019, senate.gov Glazer image from Wikipedia UNITED STATES ADVISORY COMMISSION ON PUBLIC DIPLOMACY [JB emphasis] Charles L. Glazer, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy [JB: see] for a term expiring July 1, 2020, vice Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., term expired. [JB: Wikipedia on Glaser] Charles Louis Glazer (born 1943)[1] is a United States diplomat. He was sworn in as United States Ambassador to El Salvador on January 16, 2007.[2] Mr. Glazer tendered his resignation, effective Tuesday, January 20, 2009, following an order by the incoming Obama administration requiring the departure of politically appointed ambassadors.Prior to his ambassadorial appointment, Charles L. Glazer was President and Chief Executive Officer of C. L. Glazer & Company, Inc.[1], an institutional brok..

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    Trump absolutely right to slap new tariffs on China

    Christian Whiton, Published May 06, 2019 opinion foxbusiness Whiton image fromExcerpt: Rather than cave in or walk away, Trump has cranked up the pressure on China with the new tariffs, and given Beijing another chance to understand the old days are over for good. Either they shape up or face the consequences of more economic pain, as they help fill the coffers of the U.S. Treasury through higher tariffs. Christian Whiton was a senior advisor in the Donald Trump and George W. Bush administrations. He is a senior fellow for strategy and public diplomacy [JB emphasis] at the Center for the National Interest and the author of “Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War.”

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    American Soft Power in the Age of Trump

    Joseh S. Nye, May 6, 2019, Project Syndicate; original article contains links Nye image (not from article) from Many in the current US administration argue that soft power does not matter much; countries cooperate out of self-interest. But this misses a crucial point: cooperation is a matter of degree, and the degree is affected by attraction or repulsion, not just weapons and sanctions. CAMBRIDGE – US President Donald Trump’s administration has shown little interest in public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. And yet public diplomacy – a government’s efforts to communicate directly with other countries’ publics – is one of the key instruments policymakers use to generate soft power, and the current information revolution makes such instruments more important than ever. Opinion polls and the Portland Soft Power 30 index show that American soft power has declined since the beginning of Trump’s term. Tweets can help to set the global agenda, but they do not produce soft power if they are not attr..

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    Sports Diplomacy —Then and Now

    ROBINKHAN, blogs.gwu.edu, April 4, 2019 uncaptioned image from article Sports create a common language and a shared culture, if only on the playing field. It can be a useful diplomatic tool to facilitate people-to-people relationships and to build trust between countries. At the global level, sports often become an important avenue for cross-cultural communication, says Tara Sonenshine, a former U.S. under secretary for public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and public affairs, who is now a senior career coach at the Elliott School. The State Department, for instance, dedicates significant resources to sports exchanges among teams in the United States and around the world. Through these sports-focused dialogues, Soneshine explains, the U.S. has a powerful way to disseminate American values internationally. In many ways, it is a story that reaches back thousands of years— to 776 B.C., when a Greek King offered respite from war by promising safe passage to citizens for “games” to be held amidst..

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    5 Countries Where Muslim Brotherhood Operates to Establish Global Caliphate

    Edwin Mora, breitbart.com, 2 May 2019; original article contains links uncaptioned image from article Excerpt: There is significant Islamist ideological overlap between the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and some of the globe’s most murderous jihadi groups — the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and al-Qaeda, Breitbart News learned from the Counter Extremism Project (CEP). All three groups maintain a shared goal of establishing an Islamic global caliphate. However, MB has the advantage of being “one of the oldest and broadest-reaching Islamist organizations in modern times,” the non-governmental organization (NGO) noted in its Muslim Brotherhood profile, citing data from various governments and news reports.According to CEP, MB itself or some of its affiliated groups maintain an active presence in at least 18 countries primarily located across the Muslim world, namely in the Middle East and Africa. ... Qatar The Gulf Arab nation has long supported MB “through financial, public diplomacy (JB..

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    Public diplomacy in projecting Bangladesh abroad

    shottobani.com, 5th May 2019 Syed Badrul AhsanIn an era when foreign policy or the promotion of it has assumed new dimensions, it is only proper that public diplomacy [JB emphasis] insofar as Bangladesh is concerned be focused on, with all the intensity it calls for. Of course, when we speak of public diplomacy, we in essence refer to the new dimensions — the dissemination of ideas relating to a nation’s interaction with the outside world through means that go beyond official means of conducting foreign policy — that Bangladesh can go for or indeed has already gone for to an appreciable degree.The question of public diplomacy, for Bangladesh, is crucial given the dramatic changes which have defined diplomacy on a global scale especially since the end of the Cold War. The salient point here is the decline of stereotypes in the conduct of diplomacy. Briefly, it is a reference to the fact that where diplomacy in the past was confined to interaction between the foreign policy establishmen..

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    Heads Up! Gov't Calls on Students Wishing to Study in US

    Nur Yasmin, jakartaglobe.id, May 3, 2019 Image from article, with caption: Azis Nurwajyudi, director of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaks to journalists in Jakarta on Friday. (JG Photo/Nur Yasmin) Jakarta. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United States Embassy are offering fellowships to 10 Indonesian students to study culture in America as part of the 70-year commemoration of bilateral relations between the two countries, an official said.The fellowship is part of the International Visitor Leadership Program for youth ambassadors from Indonesia to the United States."As part of celebrating the 70th year of US-Indonesia bilateral relations, we will send 10 students from various regions in Indonesia to stay in the United States from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1," Azis Nurwahyudi, public diplomacy director at the foreign ministry, said in Jakarta on Friday.He said they are looking for accomplished students, to give them the chance to network with their p..

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    Ashrawi Expresses Gratitude to Courageous Journalists

    imemc.org, May 5, 2019 6:15 AM On World Press Freedom Day, PLO Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] & Policy Department Head Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said, in a statement: “We reach out in gratitude all journalist, who endeavor to speak truth to power, expose injustice, and protect the pillars of democracy, namely accountability and transparency.Dr. Ashrawi added :”Throughout our modern history, Palestinian and international journalists have played a significant role in exposing the criminality and brutality of occupation, while also ensuring that Palestinian leaders honor their obligations to protect and defend the civil and human rights and freedoms of our people, despite the occupation.”“We honor the memory of the dozens of brave journalists who have paid with their lives while exposing the brutality of the Israeli occupation and while reporting from the frontline of the struggle for freedom and dignity,” she said, according to the PNN.“At this time of alternative facts, populism, and fear-mong..

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    Letter to The New York Times from the former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2012 to 2013).

    nytimes.com image from To the Editor: “How Trump Co-opts Leaders Like Barr,” by James Comey (Op-Ed, May 2), should be required reading for every high school student. Mr. Comey offers an important lesson on what happens when power corrupts and when bad leaders lead even good people astray. In explaining why and how the current attorney general could frame the Mueller report as a vindication for President Trump, Mr. Comey puts his finger on a human problem with enormous consequence: “Amoral leaders have a way of revealing the character of those around them.” He cites the courageous behavior of James Mattis, the former defense secretary who resigned in disagreement with Mr. Trump, as opposed to those who refuse to call out his bad policies. I resent what Mr. Comey did to Hillary Clinton in opening an investigation of her emails so close to an election. But Mr. Comey is speaking truth to power and warning all of us of the dangers of unchecked loyalty. That’s an important lesson. Tara Sonen..

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    Department of State - Supervisory International Visitor Exchange Specialist

    usajobs.gov [JB: for full description of the advertised job, please consult the original documents at link cited on the left] image from BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRSPromoting Mutual Understanding Excerpt: OVERVIEWOpen & closing dates05/03/2019 to 05/17/2019ServiceCompetitivePay scale & gradeGS 15Salary$137,849 to $166,500 per yearAppointment typePermanentWork scheduleFull-Time ... DutiesSummaryThe position is located in the Office of International Visitors (OIV), Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of International Visitors (OIV) [JB link]. The incumbent of this position serves as Deputy to the Office Director, sharing in the management of the entire organization and all phases of its programs. ... Responsibilities Carries out such duties and responsibilities typical of a second level supervisor such as overseeing the work of supervisory staff and dealing with high level officials of other agencies and organizations.Coordinates the formulation of the Intern..

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    Eve of Destruction The Coming Age of Preventive War - Thomas M. Nichols

    upenn.edu Excerpt: Eve of Destruction is a provocative contribution to a growing international debate over the acceptance of preventive military action. In the first work to identify the trends that have led to a coming age of preventive war, Thomas M. Nichols uses historical analysis as well as interviews with military officials from around the world to trace the anticipatory use of force from the early 1990s—when the international community responded to a string of humanitarian crises in Somalia, Bosnia, and Kosovo—to today's current and potential actions against rogue states and terrorists. He makes a case for a bold reform of U.S. foreign policy, and of the United Nations Security Council itself, in order to avert outright anarchy. Thomas M. Nichols is Professor of Strategy and Forrest Sherman Chair of Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] at the United States Naval War College. His previous books include The Russian Presidency and Winning the World: Lessons for America's Futur..

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    Qatar receives GPDNet presidency

    gulf-times.com, May 05, 2019 Image from article, with caption: Qatar receives GPDNet presidency Qatar officially received the Presidency of the Global Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Network (GPDNet) at a special ceremony in Istanbul yesterday. President of the GPDNet General Assembly Professor Seref Ates and official delegations of the member countries attended the ceremony at Asma Sultan hotel in Istanbul. Qatar became the first Arab country to head the GPDNet since it was established back in 2014. The general manager of the Cultural Village Foundation (Katara), Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim al-Sulaiti, headed Qatar’s delegation to the ceremony and delivered a speech during the event in which he described Qatar’s pride and honour to receive the GPDNet presidency. The event coincides with the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Turkish Yunus Emre Institute. “Qatar’s receipt of the Presidency of the GPDNet is another success of the continuing successes achieved by the State in its inte..

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    Kingdom of the Netherlands in Brazil [offer of internship]

    linkedin.com Image from, with caption: Kingdom of The Netherlands in Brazil #Internship The Dutch embassy in Brasilia is offering an internship to a Dutch student (studying at a Dutch university), to strengthen the team that is dealing with Political affairs, Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and Culture (PPC). Starting in August 2019 for a period of six months. Deadline for application is May 22nd, midnight (CET) at the latest. For more information, please visit https://lnkd.in/dcxrvHA

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    Statement from CEO John F. Lansing: Fighting for press freedom, today and everyday

    via email, May 3, 2019 Today we commemorate World Press Freedom Day, an opportunity to address press freedom challenges, shine a spotlight on journalist safety and honor our fallen journalists. As the head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), and as a journalist myself, I cannot underscore enough the necessity of raising these issues every day. Earlier this week, we marked the one-year anniversary of the deaths of three Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalists. They were senselessly killed on April 30, 2018 in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a bombing that targeted journalists. Through the years, 18 USAGM colleagues in total have paid the ultimate price in pursuit of the truth. I am reminded of this grave reality every day when I pass our Fallen Journalists Memorial at our headquarters in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, USAGM continues to witness firsthand how a free and independent media is deteriorating worldwide. We work in countries where government pressure has shuttered operat..

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    The US removed ‘sexual health’ language from a UN anti-rape resolution, the latest example of America’s shifting global priorities

    Nicole Einbinder, businessinsider.sg, May 4, 2019 Image from article, with caption: The United Nations Security Council meets at U.N. headquarters, April 23, 2019 in New York City. Member nations of the Security Council are considering a resolution concerning sexual violence in conflict, which would classify rape as a weapon of war. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Excerpt: The United Nations Security Council removed language on sexual and reproductive health from a resolution about rape as a weapon of war, after the United States threatened to veto it. While the final resolution still signals progress in combating sexual violence, many in the Security Council expressed their alarm over the removal of such language.The US’ efforts to diminish language related to sexual health, which some in the administration link to abortion, align with broad-sweeping efforts by the administration to thwart words and actions related to sexual and reproductive health and gender rights. ...“I think those who ..

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    Project: Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York

    fciny.org; [JB note "public diplomacy" -- as a term -- is cited below: "About the Consulate General of Finland in New York The Consulate General of Finland in New York promotes Finland’s commercial interests, works on improving the operational conditions for the Finnish cultural agents and strengthens Finland’s national brand through the means of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] . Design Diplomacy, a concept created by Helsinki Design Week, opens doors to the prestigious consular residences in a series of exclusive talks. Each Nordic Consul General from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden will host a talk with designers discussing life and work from questions structured around a deck of cards. Design Diplomacy in New York is presented in collaboration with WantedDesign. In addition to the conversation, you will learn details about the unique residences and enjoy refreshments.Presented in collaboration with WantedDesign. The events are free, but registration is required. DESIGN DIPLOMAC..

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    Former Spider Emily Landon Named a Fulbright Scholar

    richmondspiders.com: Women's Swimming & Diving 05/01/2019 RICHMOND, Va. – Former Spider swimmer Emily Landon earned a Fulbright Scholarship this past week and will continue her graduate education in Tajikistan next year. Landon, a four-year letterwinner for Spider swimming, graduating in 2018 with a double major in International Studies: World Politics/Diplomacy and Arabic Studies with a minor in history. Next year, Landon will be teaching in Tajikistan where she'll be working at one of six American Space locations, teaching English and running skills programs that are tailored to her background and student interest. She will also be working in the community. During her undergrad, Landon studied abroad in Morocco and Peru, also teaching English. That experience encouraged her to apply to the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship as she is one of three Richmond Students to earn the scholarship. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants provide participants the opportunity t..

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    USC Visions and Voices- The Nation Skate — Neftalie Williams

    neftalie.com; original article contains two videos NEFTALIE WILLIAMS Williams image (not from entry) from An Academic Perspective On Global Issues Of Race, Class, Gender, Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] And Youth Empowerment Through The Intersectional Lens Of Skateboarding Culture...And My Favorite Nikon. The Nation Skate explores the intersectional nature of skateboarding culture in an attempt to understand what it might contribute to current questions regarding diversity, civic and cultural engagement, academia, sport and diplomacy. The Nation Skate builds upon Neftalie's work as a lecturer on skateboarding culture, skateboarding envoy for the US State Department and his PhD thesis at the University of Waikato, Colour in the Lines: 'Understanding the African-American and US Minority Experience in Skateboarding Culture. ['] PUSH TO PLAY THE NATION SKATE PART II email: [email protected], [email protected] US +1(310)962-5643 New Zealand +64 027 962-5643 image (not from e..

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    Jobs at the Danish Representations

    usa.um.dk Please see below for current vacant positions. The Danish Representations in the US are dynamic places to work. Ranging in size, we offer a busy and professionally challenging environment.We are a diverse group of people working within politics, business, and culture – all of us with the goal to nurture the relations between Denmark and the US.Current vacant positions:Public Diplomacy Officer, Washington D.C.Housekeeper for the Ambassador's residence, Washington D.C.Cleaning Assistant for the Ambassador's residence, Washington D.C. ...

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    View Vacancy - Bilateral, Public Diplomacy and Communications Officer

    fco.tal.net The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow. Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles) Job Subcategory: Political Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities): Summary: To provide quality reporting and analysis of the political environment in and relating to Cuba.To act as the Embassy interface with MINREX, drafting Notes Verbale and arranging meetings.To manage the public diplomacy [JB emphasis], press and comms for the Embassy, including through the management of an A1L a..

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    [Employment opportunity:] Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Service Officer

    Consulate General of Canada, Seattle, Seattle, Washington; JB - for application procedures refer to the original document image (not from entry) from Section: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Services (Political, Economic and Public Affairs) Location: Consulate General of Canada - Seattle, WashingtonPosition Number: EXT-320114Level: LE – 09Starting salary: $100,893 USD plus benefitsTenure: IndeterminateCompetition No: SEATL_2019_05Date Posted: April 26, 2019Closing Date: May 12, 2019The Consulate General of Canada in Seattle seeks an energetic, detail-oriented and reliable team player with a strong interest in international affairs, advocacy and global commerce to promote, advance, and strengthen Canada-U.S. bilateral political, economic and security interests within its 4-state territory (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska). Our employees benefit from working in a leading-edge foreign, trade and development ministry that is both innovative and accountable. The Consulate General is seeki..

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    Public diplomacy top priority: Indian Ambassador to Saudi

    Telangana Today, 4th May 2019 Sayeed image from Wikipedia Dr Ausaf Sayeed emphasised that there will be no barrier between India's ambassador and its people in abroad. Jeddah: The doors of the Indian embassy will always remain open to the NRI [JB - Non-Resident Indian] community which can approach the office with their concerns and constructive suggestions, Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dr Ausaf Sayeed said. He emphasised that there will be no barrier between India’s ambassador and its people in abroad. Speaking at a rousing reception on Friday evening in Riyadh, he said “involving every people for whom we work is style of my work starting from beginning of service as Passport officer from Hyderabad to Ambassador in Riyadh.” The new Ambassador recalled that he was dubbed as a ‘people’s diplomat’ and would uphold similar approach as Ambassador also. Dr Ausaf Sayeed said that he can be easily accessible to the community as public diplomacy [JB emphasis] would be one of his top..

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    Living History with Ambassador Kathleen Stephens: Part II

    beyondparallel.csis.org Stephen image fromExcerpt: Ambassador Kathleen Stephens is the president and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America. Previously, she served as a career diplomat within the United States Foreign Service from 1978 to 2015. She was the U.S. charge d’affaires in India from 2014 to 2015 and the [JB -- Acting] Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs [JB emphasis] in 2012 [JB -- from February 6 to April 4, 2012] . She served as the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2008 to 2011. Before moving to Seoul, Ambassador Stephens served in a number of policy positions in Washington, working as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 to 2007, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2003 to 2005, the director of the Department of State Office of Ecology and Terrestrial Conservation from 2001 to 2003, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. em..

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    International conference "Cultural diplomacy in the world since 1945: prestige, influence, cooperation," 17-18 May 2019, Paris

    networks.h-net.org Discussion published by Lauriane Simony on Friday, May 3, 2019 0 Replies The international conference "Cultural diplomacy in the world since 1945: prestige, influence, cooperation" will take place on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th of May 2019 at the Maison de la Recherche de Paris 3 (Room Claude Simon), 4 rue des Irlandais (Paris 5). The conference is organized by Lara Cuny and Lauriane Simony (University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle) with the support of ED 514, CREW, PRISMES (Paris 3) and LARCA (Paris 7). The programme of the conference is below. In order to attend the conference, please register by sending an e-mail to the organizers: [email protected] et [email protected] is free. We look forward to welcoming you to the conference!Lara Cuny and Lauriane Simony ***Friday 17th May09:00: Registration and coffee09:15: Opening words by Florence Baillet, director of the doctoral school EDEAGE09:30: Guest speaker — Nora Hickey M’Si..

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    President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts

    image from whitehouse.gov; issued on: April 29, 2019; Excerpt: Roxanne Cabral of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Ms. Cabral, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy in Panama. Previously, she was Director of the Office of Policy, Planning, and Resources in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and Public Affairs in the Department of State. Ms. Cabral served as Public Affairs Officer at the United States Consulate General Guangzhou, China, and at the United States Embassy Tirana, Albania. She also served in the Office of South-Central Europe in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in the Department of State, the United States Embassy Mexico City, Mexico, and the United States Embassy Kyiv. Ms. Cabral has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and Master of ..

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    Chinese Cultural Diplomacy: instruments in China’s strategy for international insertion in the 21st Century

    scielo.br Revista Brasileira de Política InternacionalPrint version ISSN 0034-7329On-line version ISSN 1983-3121Rev. bras. polít. int. vol.62 no.1 Brasília 2019 Epub Apr 29, 2019http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0034-7329201900105 Articles Danielly Silva Ramos Becard1 http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4471-1897Paulo Menechelli Filho2 http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1402-265X1 Universidade de Brasília , Instituto de Relações Internacionais , Brasília , Brazil ([email protected])2 Universidade de Brasília , Instituto de Relações Internacionais , Brasília , Brazil ([email protected]) Excerpt: ABSTRACT This article analyzes instruments of Chinese cultural diplomacy (2003-2018), such as the media, cinema, and the Confucius Institutes, as well as its potential to overcome barriers between states. China’s cultural soft power was studied in Confucius Institutes in the U.S.. The conclusion is that China increasingly used cultural diplomacy and turned it into a key instrument in its strategy for international ..

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    Tokyo 2020 and Japan’s Soft Power

    News & Events Series: Global Governance & Diplomacy Public Speaker Series Speaker: Professor Yasushi Watanabe and Professor Corneliu Bjola Event date: 1 May 2019 Event time:16:00 - 18:00 Venue: Oxford Department of International Development 3 Mansfield Road OX1 3TB Venue details: Seminar Room 1 Event type: Lectures and seminars Event cost: Free Disabled access?: Yes Booking required: Not required Further information: https://www.qeh.ox.ac.uk/node/25539 Amidst the flux of the liberal international order, Japan’s public diplomacy [JB emphasis], which relies solely on its cultural uniqueness, is inadequate. Professor Yasushi Watanabe of Keio University proposes new principles for an age where the diplomatic sphere is expanding from negotiation tactics to agenda setting and norm setting. In this presentation, Professor Watanabe will review the trajectory of Japan’s public diplomacy. its challenges and possibilities, with particular attention to the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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    May 10 Conference on Advancing U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing Washington by Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies

    eventbrite.com image from entryDate And Time Fri, May 10, 2019 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM EDT Add to Calendar Location Rome Building, Rome Auditorium 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036 View Map Register [Attendance is] Free Description The Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies would like to cordially invite you to attend a conference on Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] in the Asia-Pacific. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Tomohiko Taniguchi, Professor at Keio University and Special Advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. From 2005 to 2008 he served as Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy General for Public Diplomacy at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2013 Dr. Taniguchi rejoined the government as a Counselor in the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat. In 2014 he became Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In this role he assists the Prime Minister with strategic communications. His keynote address will be from 12:30 - 2:00. Notable panelists will in..

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    AI: The Next Frontier in Public Diplomacy

    USC Center on Public Diplomacy, April 23, 2019; original entry contains a videoIf artificial intelligence (AI) is the future of technology, what's its role in public diplomacy? [JB emphasis]Watch an exclusive video interview with Kyle Matthews, Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University. Matthews spoke to CPD at Diplocamp 2019 during PD Week in Brussels, which convened diplomats, thought leaders, scholars and more to learn and share best practices for how technology is fundamentally shaping the field of public diplomacy."There isn't one AI. ... It really is, people say, a technology that's going to transform the world—it's going to transform economies, it's going to transform international relations, so it's really important that we study this," says Matthews. "We need to build a core group of people in academia, in think tanks and in governments who are going to share best practices an..

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    Hague Journal Special Issue [on Public Diplomacy] Published

    USC Center on Public Diplomacy, April 26, 2019 A special edition of the Hague Journal of Diplomacy titled, "Debating Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis]: Now and Next," is now published and available digitally here.Edited by CPD Director Jay Wang and CPD Faculty Fellow Jan Melissen, the collection features 12 essays reflecting on how the evolution of the global information environment presents new challenges for public diplomacy practitioners and academic analysis.“Making sense of what is going on now, and what may be next in public diplomacy, is as relevant for rising powers as it is for declining states," write Melissen and Wang. "It matters to powers big and small, and those in the middle or occupying policy niches, as it does to an array of non-state actors.”This forward-looking issue covers today's critical public diplomacy topics that will only grow more pressing as the field continues to be shaped by the new global media landscape. Contributions include the following chapters b..

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    Jazz Ambassadors: An Instrument of Public Diplomacy

    Mariami Khatiashvili, The CPD Blog, May 2, 2019 uncaptioned image from article Jazz, as a cultural phenomenon, can comprehensively illustrate U.S. culture and society. As a component of U.S. public diplomacy [JB emphasis], it can reasonably tell an American story to foreign audiences. Since 1956, after the U.S. State Department created the Jazz Ambassadors program, jazz diplomacy not only defined the success of U.S. public diplomacy in the Cold War, but became one of the universal symbols of the United States in the country of Georgia, a Soviet Republic at that time. Until 1978, before the U.S. State Department directed this jazzy instrument of public diplomacy, Georgians experienced the American value of freedom through jazz rhythms.Soviet socialist realism forbade everything Western, especially American, including freedom of pro-Western thinking, and freedom of experiencing U.S. values. Soviet ideology regarded American jazz as “corrupt” and “dissident.” In this case, only high-level..

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    Public Diplomacy Council holds first event after forced closure

    ACN, Catalan News, May 3, 2019 Diplocat secretary general says body will 'continue' work of officials in charge before Spain shut it down in 2017 ACN, May3| Barcelona Catalonia's Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Council (Diplocat) has held its first event after the Spanish government closed it down in October 2017 when it took over Catalonia's administration. The consortium hosted a seminar on public diplomacy [JB emphasis] on Friday at Barcelona's old Sant Pau modernist hospital. Talking to the press, secretary general Laura Foraster said the body will "continue" the work of the officials that were in charge before Spain imposed direct rule. According to her, Diplocat's goal is to "export the image, assets and values of Catalonia abroad." She expressed plans to draft a strategic plan with the approximately 40 public and private institutions that make up the consortium. The Catalan government, Barcelona's local council, several universities, trade unio..

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    The role of soft power in China's influence in the Pacific islands

    Richard Herr, aspistrategist.org.au [ASPI - Australian Strategic Policy Institute] April 30, 2029 Just why the concept of soft power has become such an accepted explanation for the spread of Chinese influence in the Pacific islands is something of a conundrum. (The term ‘Pacific islands’ is used here with the narrow meaning of the small member states of the Pacific Islands Forum.)There seems to be little evidence that regional states have the sort of admiration for, and desire to emulate, China’s political or economic systems in the way Joseph Nye framed his idea about the attractive power of non-coercive influence.It was the geopolitics of the Cold War that motivated China to seek a place in the Pacific island sun, not some soft-power pull from regional states seeking to a model to follow. And, for nearly two decades afterwards, Beijing scarcely made a ripple in the regional lagoon, which ended with a flurry of ‘dollar diplomacy’ competition with Taipei for recognition.A main motivat..

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    German and American Fulbright Scholars Visit U of A to 'Build Bridges'

    news.uark.edu, April 30, 2019 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – German and American Fulbright scholars and guests will convene on the University of Arkansas campus May 17-19 for a conference aimed at understanding the trajectory of trans-Atlantic ties and the future of international cooperation.The conference, “Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange,” is part of the “Wunderbar Together” campaign sponsored by the Federal Republic of Germany. It is co-sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission and the University of Arkansas International and Global Studies Program and Office of Study Abroad. It will cap a year of commemorative events on both sides of the Atlantic celebrating German-American cooperation.To kick off this final event, groups of German scholars studying in the United States – accompanied by American former grantees of Fulbright Awards – will complete weeklong road trips from Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Austin exploring middle America an..

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    On the social media 'battlefield,' the Israeli army has weaponized snark

    Sam Sokol, jta.org, April 30, 2019; original article contains video Image from article, with caption: (Photo by Quique Kierszenbaum/Getty Images; photo illustration by JTA staff) JERUSALEM (JTA) — Earlier this month, just hours before the start of Passover, the British Labour Party tweeted out holiday greetings to its more than 671,000 followers. “As Jewish people prepare for Passover, we’re wishing everyone in the Jewish community chag sameach,” read the now deleted message, which was accompanied by the image of a Star of David, a kiddush cup — and a loaf of bread. The image of a food specifically prohibited on Passover, in a tweet from a party battling allegations of institutional anti-Semitism, immediately created a firestorm on social media. Responses ranged from enraged to humorous. Joining the fray was the Israeli army, whose official account tweeted a “Happy Holidays” message with a similar image featuring matzah, an Easter egg and a Druze pilgrimmage site. Responses on social m..

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    Lecture: People Diplomacy: Domestic Engagement in Foreign Affairs

    Kwang-jin ChoiDate8 May 2019Time11:15 - 12:45 hrsSeriesDiplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2019LocationWijnhaven Turfmarkt 99 2511 DP The HagueRoom3.60RegistrationWould you like to join the lecture? Register now.About the lectureThere is a clear trend among foreign ministries and their diplomats towards greater domestic engagement. In the Netherlands, political parties call for greater people involvement in foreign affairs and worldwide we see a variety of drivers calling for a more people-centered diplomacy. Today domestic stakeholders loom much larger in foreign affairs than, say, ten years ago. There is a distinct shift from conventional diplomacy between governments and public diplomacy [JB emphasis] performed for the foreign public to citizen diplomacy 2.0. South Korea’s “People Diplomacy,” (Kookmin Waygyo국민외교) is a new and important government-guided diplomatic experiment in the Republic of Korea. It aims to reflect the people’s need for the democratization of di..

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    Japan: Will Reiwa be harmonious and peaceful as it is supposed to be?

    Darya Gribkova, moderndiplomacy.eu, April 30, 2019 uncaptioned image from article Excerpt: On May 1, 2019, Japan enters a new era – Reiwa [JB - see], the era of peace and harmony … with a “baggage” of problem accumulated in the previous Heisei period. By itself, a change of the name with a change of emperor has a rather symbolic meaning and, of course, it is not a specific political programme, – unlikely it will bring any peculiarities to the external and internal political agenda. ... Despite the countless exercises of experts and politicians in determining of the Indo-Pacific, its core, purpose and structure, it is still unclear, how the idea of ​​the Indo-Pacific region, in which Japan claimsto play one of the leading roles, will develop, and in what form, what institutional structure it could be realized. ... With many unsolved issues in economic and foreign policy spheres, Japan has a great chance to show to the whole world and feel by itself beautiful harmony during the 2020 Summ..

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    Dr. Hwa-jung Kim (SNU Institute of International Affairs): ‘Whoever is interested in public diplomacy is an “enlightened” citizen.’

    enewsletter.kf.or.kr; via DB - many thanks! In 1965, US diplomat Edmund Gullion defined public diplomacy [JB emphasis] as “an activity that wins the hearts of the public in other countries and secures their support,” thereby establishing the concept of public diplomacy for the first time. Korea’s Public Diplomacy Act states that public diplomacy refers to “diplomacy activities through which the State promotes foreign nationals' understanding of and confidence in the Republic of Korea directly or in cooperation with local governments or the private sector based on culture, knowledge, policies, etc.” However, it is not easy for individual citizens to recognize themselves as both the subject and object of public diplomacy, as most have never learned about the activities and importance of this very special form of diplomacy. This is why the KF interviewed Dr. Hwa-jung Kim of the Seoul National University Institute of International Affairs, who has long been a champion of public diplo..

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    May Journal Looks at the FS Profession and Speaks with Ambassador Bill Burns

    via email Ambassador (ret.) Bill Burns, the diplomat’s diplomat, left the Foreign Service in 2014 after 33 years. Now president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he spent the last couple years not speaking publicly about the state of State. So, we were delighted when Ambassador Burns agreed to do a Q&A with the FSJ. His new book and his voice help make us all more articulate about the value of diplomacy today. This month we look at the Foreign Service as a career: the challenges and lessons that come with this complicated, difficult and exciting life of public service. We hear about how the U.S. Foreign Service found its voice in the late 1960s in Harry Kopp’s “Role Models: Lessons for Today from AFSA’s Past,” offering inspiration for the next generation of leaders. In “Serving in Tandem for State,” Kathryn Fitrell and Kanishka Gangopadhyay have suggestions for better management of tandem assignments. A DS agent shares lessons from his personal journey with PTSD. We he..

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    SCO's Public Diplomacy Center holds round table on international relations

    xinhuanet.com Photo taken on April 30, 2019 shows participants attending a round table in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Center in Uzbekistan Tuesday held a round table to discuss SCO's practice in strengthening international relations through public diplomacy. (Xinhua) TASHKENT, May 1 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) Public Diplomacy Center in Uzbekistan Tuesday held a round table to discuss SCO's practice in strengthening international relations through public diplomacy. The international event, titled Public diplomacy as a factor of international relations: the practice of the SCO, was organized by the center and Uzbek University of World Economy and Diplomacy. Members of Uzbekistan's Senate, government officials, national and foreign experts, and the representatives of diplomatic missions of the SCO member states and observer countries took part in the round table, accordin..

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    Conference: Pub­lic Dip­lomacy in Con­flict - Nor­dic, Baltic and East European Per­spect­ives

    helsinki.fi image from Panel talks with practicioners, researchers and representants from media and culture about current conflicts and the future of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and nation branding. The conference is hosted by Södertörn University in cooperation with the Swedish Institute and supported by the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) and ReNEW. Public diplomacy and nation branding are expanding fields at the intersection of policy, practice and research. The approaches and models for diplomacy and branding practices are getting more diverse, and so are the theoretical and methodological approaches to these phenomena as study objects.Especially for small and medium sized states, public diplomacy has been seen as a way to gain influence and shape the international agenda beyond their limited hard power resources, whereas nation branding presents a way for smaller nations to create and maintain a distinct international image. Scandinavia, the Baltic area and ..

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    Public Diplomacy Project

    eajc.org Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] is a special project created by Euro-Asian Jewish Congress. Its main goal is to form a comprehensive and objective representation of Israel nowadays and also strengthening ties with public opinion leaders in the region.Israeli politicians, experts and journalists visit countries in Euro-Asian region and explain Israel’s position about the most important questions to the powerful people in all spheres. Moreover, delegations from the Euro-Asian region visits Israel to see this country with their own eyes.Director of the Public Diplomacy Project — Ariel Bulshtein [email protected] You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter and access previous releases via the links below:

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    Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding - Foreign Service Institute

    Maria Anna Rowena Luz G. Layador and Darlene V. Estrada, fsi.gov.ph [Foreign Service Institute] image from entry The Philippine Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017 is an opportune time to revive the National Branding Council proposal made by the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) in 20121 to build the international image and reputation of the country. Nation Branding is an important tool in managing a country’s identity across the globe2 forming part of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] (PD). PD covers aspects such as inducing appeal by influencing public opinion using information, education and culture. This has long been strategically employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Nation branding, on the other hand, is a related concept but not new to Philippine government agencies such as the Department of Tourism and the Department of Trade and Industry. Nation branding, however, entails knowing the country—its people, products, and how it is perceived by other publics. O..

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    Apply for a 2019-2021 CPD Research Fellowship

    uscpublicdiplomacy.org CPD is now accepting applications for the CPD Research Fellowship, which CPD created in 2009 to support and publicize the work of scholars and practitioners of public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. Every fall, three non-resident fellows are selected, each serving a two-year term.CPD Research Fellows will be expected to oversee a substantive research project that will yield at least two outputs, including one publication for the CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy series that is due by June 1, 2021. The second output could consist of a series for the CPD Blog, or another type of product that the Fellow develops with the Center. CPD welcomes proposals that examine both the historical and contemporary practice of public diplomacy conducted anywhere in the world. The selected candidates will each receive a $2,000 stipend upon successful completion of the fellowship. In addition, the Center will offer research assistance as needed and as available from students in the Mas..

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    U.S. Broadcaster Under Scrutiny for Disseminating Propaganda

    A Western voice has tilted toward post-Soviet authoritarian leader in Central Asia, say diplomats and the network Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, where U.S.-owned and -funded Radio Ozodi tilted toward the president and his family, diplomats and the network’s parent say. PHOTO: ALEYEV YEGOR/TASS/ZUMA PRESSBy Jessica Donati, The Wall Street JournalApril 25, 2019 5:30 a.m. ETWASHINGTON—Federal officials are scrutinizing the U.S. government’s Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty news service, established to promote democratic values abroad, after complaints it has distributed foreign propaganda favorable to authoritarian regimes in Central Asia, according to the network, its employees and an internal State Department memo.State Department officials sent a six-page memo to the leaders of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty earlier this year criticizing a pro-government stance by the service’s Tajikistan network and urging them to intervene following repeated complaints by U.S. diplomats, network..

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    Five rules for a successful Expo pavilion

    inparkmagazine.com By Andrew Snowhite (Snowhite Strategies)ABOVE: Entry to the USA Pavilion at Expo 2017, Astana KazakhstanExpo 2020 Dubai opens its doors to the world in only a year and a half. An amazing feat—there currently are two hundred country and thematic Pavilions being imagined, designed and built. And with 25 million guests expected, hundreds of millions of unique interactions will take place onsite, with countless millions more happening online. If you are not familiar with an “Expo,” you might know it by its other name, a World’s Fair. Today’s Expos are similar to the grand World’s Fairs of days past that brought people together from different countries and showcased new innovations to the world. Over the last 150 years, Expos introduced us to inventions and iconic designs such as the telephone, diesel engine and video conferencing and brought us the Eiffel Tower and the first Ferris Wheel. While it’s been over thirty-five years since an Expo was hosted in the United Stat..

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    Public diplomacy v. disinformation: Are there red lines?

    intgovforum.org THE IGF IS A GLOBAL MULTISTAKEHOLDER PLATFORM THAT FACILITATES THE DISCUSSION OF PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES PERTAINING TO THE INTERNET Theme:Security, Safety, Stability and Resilience Subtheme(s): Fake News FoE online Trust and Accountability Organizer 1: Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG) Organizer 2: Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG) Organizer 3: Private Sector, Eastern European Group Speaker 1: Iskra Kirova, Civil Society, Eastern European Group Speaker 2: Marilia Maciel, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) Speaker 3: John FRANK, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG) Speaker 4: Felix Kartte, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG) Policy Question(s): Norm on preventing interference in electoral processes: How do we define foreign interference? Where are the red lines between public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and election interference? Are there situations in ..

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    Hannah Chapman: Soft Power and Media Effects in Russia’s Near Abroad [video]

    Powerful countries use foreign media broadcasts to enhance their soft power, yet there is scant empirical evidence as to whether such efforts actually sway public opinion abroad. We propose a theory of opinion-formation and issue-framing effects of foreign broadcasts as functions of the pervasiveness and familiarity of the issues they cover. We test this theory by examining the potential effects of exposure to Russia-sourced broadcasts on views of Russia and other foreign policy issues in Kyrgyzstan, a most likely case of foreign media effects. Using an original, nationally-representative survey conducted in Kyrgyzstan in 2015, we find that the influence of Russian media on Kyrgyzstani opinions varies according to the pervasiveness and familiarity of the issues at stake, and is more limited than traditionally believed. The modest and conditional effects of foreign m..

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    Taste of Australia 2019 launched in Vietnam

    dtinews.vn, April 23, 2019 Culinary competition The Taste of Australia 2019 will be held for the fourth time by the Australian Embassy and Consulate-General in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Nha Trang. The event, led by Taste of Australia Ambassador, Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, will include community BBQs, a twilight cinema event, gala receptions featuring performances by Australian singer Deni Hines, a NOSH Supperclub Dinner prepared by five leading Australian chefs working in Ho Chi Minh City, a public food and wine show, a showcase by Adam Liaw – Masterchef Australia Winner 2010, and the fourth annual Taste of Australia Culinary Competition. Taste of Australia 2019 will also showcase Australia now ASEAN 2019, the Australian Government’s flagship public diplomacy program. This year, Australia now celebrates the vitality, diversity and capability of youth across Southeast Asia, including in Vietnam. Australian wine and food journeyAmbassador Craig Chittick said, “Tas..

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    The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund

    image from gorchakovfund.ru Excerpt: The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Fund was established in accordance with a decree of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry A. Medvedev on February 2, 2010. Under the conditions of globalization of world’s political, economic and social processes, the public diplomacy acquires special significance for effective advancement of the Russia’s foreign policy interests. The Fund’s mission in this regard involves encouraging development of the public diplomacy field and supporting establishment of a favorable for Russia public, political and business climate. The Gorchakov Fund holds activities in the following directions with the purpose of providing support to the public diplomacy, offering assistance to participation of the Russian non-governmental organizations in international cooperation and ensuring active and efficient involvement of institutions of the civil society in the foreign policy process:assistance in advancem..

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    “NATO can exist only in a cold war context”

    oprf.ru, 09 april, 2019 Trends in Russia-NATO relations were discussed at a meeting of the Russian Public Council for International Cooperation and Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation On April 3, in the run-up of the 70th anniversary of NATO, the Russian Public Council for International Cooperation and Public Diplomacy held a round table discussion at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation where experts discussed the possibility of easing tensions between Russia and NATO. “The history of relations between our country and NATO has shown that NATO has kept its orientation against our country, which at some point was anti-Soviet, and has now become anti-Russian, and increasingly more so,” Council Chair and Deputy Secretary of the Civic Chamber Sergei Ordzhonikidze said. “This position remains unchanged regardless of the type of government in Russia. NATO has always regarded the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation as the number one geopoli..

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    AI for Public Diplomacy, Fulbright Conference Call for Papers, and More

    via email April 23, 2019 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR PD Watch an exclusive video interview with Kyle Matthews, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies Executive Director, on what AI means for public diplomacy. WATCHTURKISH ARCHERY: WHEN A HISTORICAL WEAPON BECOMES A SOFT POWER TOOL CPD Mini-Course alumnus Halid Bulut of Turkey's Yunus Emre Foundation writes about the power of Turkish sports diplomacy. > READFULBRIGHT CALL FOR PROPOSALS ABOUT PDThe 2019 Fulbright Association Annual Conference welcomes proposals about public diplomacy from researchers at all levels who need not be current Fulbright grantees or alumni. HOW TO APPLYWORLD LEADERS ON FACEBOOK 2019 MORE SUBSCRIBE | VISIT THE CENTER | SUPPORT CPDCPD | USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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    Evolution of Public Diplomacy One Mutation at a Time

    Joe B. Johnson, Public Diplomacy Council, April 15, 2019; JB note: More recent articles pertaining to Public Diplomacy can be found on the Public Diplomacy Council blog Last week offered two glimpses of U.S. public diplomacy’s [JB emphasis] gradual evolution.The State Department received confirmation that a merger between two of its three public diplomacy bureaus will move ahead. International Information Programs and the Public Affairs bureau will become the Bureau of Global Public Affairs.A less visible but deeper change went public Thursday, courtesy of the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. The congressionally mandated body called leaders from the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs to discuss the “modernization of public diplomacy.”Chairman Sim Farar, Commissioner Anne Terman Wedner and about 100 audience members heard four staffers from the office – called “Ripper” after its acronym R/PPR — describe three initiatives that may be transformat..

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    How SCO members increase connections under BRI

    ecns.cn; Editor: Gu Liping, 2019-04-22; article contains an English-language video of an interview with Norov The Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) Secretary-General Vladimir Norov will attend the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing next week. How can members of the SCO increase connections between their people through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)? Below is the transcript of CGTN's interview with Norov. It has been edited for brevity and clarity. Q: The bedrock of the Belt and Road Initiative is inter-connectivity. What role does the SCO play in promoting people-to-people exchanges? A: We have a special agreement about cultural cooperation, and a lot of exhibitions are being held in our countries. Communication between people plays an important role.President Xi Jinping during the Summit of Bishkek in 2013 announced the creation of the China Special Committee of the SCO for long-standing good cooperation and partnership. This fulf..

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    First Chinese Traditional Culture & Creative Exhibition Concludes

    Mohammad Ali, urdupoint.com, 22nd April 2019 image from article President Pak-China Global Cultural Link Dr. Li Yi has said that Pakistan and China are time tested all weather friends and promotion of culture between the two countries will further deepen relations at people to people contact. ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Apr, 2019 ) President Pak-China Global Cultural Link Dr. Li Yi has said that Pakistan and China are time tested all weather friends and promotion of culture between the two countries will further deepen relations at people to people contact. Public diplomacy [JB emphasis] was the need of the hour and we shall promote it through cultural activities in both the countries," he said while talking at a closing ceremony of three-day first Chinese Traditional Culture and Creative Exhibition titled "Chinese Culture IP Exhibition at PNCA, said a press release. He termed Prime Minister Imran Khan second visit to China as very important and said that it wil..

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    Фонд «Народная дипломатия» подарил книги смоленской библиотеке

    publicdiplomacy.su, 22 апреля 2019; English translation at Президент Фонда развития институтов гражданского общества «Народная дипломатия» [JB emphasis] Алексей Кочетков и сопредседатель Гражданской инициативы «Союз» Станислав Бышок передали в дар Муниципальному бюджетному учреждению культуры «Централизованная библиотечная система г. Смоленска» книги, изданные Фондом по российско-белорусской общей истории. На встрече присутствовали директор МБУК «Централизованная библиотечная система г. Смоленска» Татьяна Михайловна Гапеева и советник главы города Смоленска Виталий Викторович Галицкий.

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    U.S. supports tech-driven solutions to disability issues

    Odinaka Anudu, businessday.ng, Apr 22, 2019 image (not from article) from From April 13-18, students of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, gathered for the 2019 Campus Labs Disability Hackathon that seeks to address the challenges and needs of people with disabilities using technology solutions. Following a five-day boot camp facilitated by three Mandela Washington Fellows —Emeka Ossai (CEO, CampusLabs), Busola Majekodunmi and Tobiloba Ajayi, 26 participating students representing seven teams pitched their ideas before a jury of leading tech leaders and disability inclusion advocates. The hackathon is supported by a public diplomacy [JB emphasis] grant from the United States Consulate in Lagos. Speaking on Thursday at the grand finale of the hackaton hosted at the University of Ibadan, Russell Brooks, U.S. consulate public affairs officer lauded the students for working collaboratively to improve accessibility and mobility for people living with disabilities. Brooks, who also served ..

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    View Grant Opportunity: U. S. Mission to Gambia

    grants.gov PAS-BJL-FY19 U.S. Embassy Banjul PAS Annual Program Statement Department of State U. S. Mission to Gambia General Information Document Type: Grants Notice Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-BJL-FY19 Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. Embassy Banjul PAS Annual Program Statement Opportunity Category: Discretionary Opportunity Category Explanation: Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement Grant Category of Funding Activity: Community Development Education Humanities (see "Cultural Affairs" in CFDA) Category Explanation: Expected Number of Awards: 10 CFDA Number(s): 19.040 -- Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Programs Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No Version: Synopsis 4 Posted Date: Mar 18, 2019 Last Updated Date: Mar 18, 2019 Original Closing Date for Applications: Jun 15, 2019 Current Closing Date for Applications: Jun 15, 2019 Archive Date: Jul 15, 2019 Estimated Total Program Funding: $100,000 Award Ceiling: $25,000 Award Floor: $250 Eligibility Eligible Applicants:..

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    Video: Публічна дипломатія України від МЗС / Ukraine's Public Diplomacy by MFA

    facebook.com Публічна дипломатія України від МЗС / Ukraine's Public Diplomacy by MFA5 hrs · “Тут живуть люди” – такі написи поблизу бойових дій на Донбасі є попередженням для військових, щоб вони не обстрілювали і не заселялися в будинки місцевих жителів.Під такою назвою в Києві проходить фото-відеовиставка. Там представлений проект іспанського фотографа Альберто Лорес, а також короткі відео, зняті самими жителями сходу України. Відео: UATV українською

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    [Found on the Web:] The Boundaries of Public Diplomacy and Nonstate Actors: A Taxonomy of Perspectives

    academic.oup.com; see also image (not from entry) fromKadir Jun AyhanInternational Studies Perspectives, Volume 20, Issue 1, February 2019, Pages 63–83, https://doi.org/10.1093/isp/eky010Published: 20 August 2018Cite Permissions IconPermissions ShareAbstract Abstract: Public diplomacy [JB emphasis](PD) lacks an agreed-upon definition and boundaries. The ambiguity surrounding the conceptualization of the term leads to confusion among scholars and practitioners and hinders the consolidation of PD as an academic field. This article surveys 160 articles and books on PD, categorizes diverse perspectives into a taxonomy, and explores the coherence of each. The taxonomy can be categorized into these perspectives: state-centric, neo-statist, nontraditional, society-centric, and accommodative. The article maps the boundaries of public diplomacy with much needed clear and coherent criteria and positions PD within the broader discipline of international relations.