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.’..
Fred Dews, brookings.edu, March 15, 2019; original article contains links and video of the event; see also item 13 in a satirical piece pertaining to Kim-Trump negotiations
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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28 for their second summit to focus on denuclearization and sanctions relief. The two leaders left their first summit last June in Singapore with a vague joint statement about denuclearization, sanctions relief, and other matters.
On March 6, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted a distinguished panel of experts to analyze the outcomes of the second summit, address the future of U.S.-North Korea relations, and propose policy recommendations. …
Some of the expert panelists remarked that Kim Jong Un appeared more confident in his public diplomacy [JB emphasis] skills than he did in the previous summit, the North Korean leader utilized his knowledge of how t..
Molly Bettie, exchangediplomacy.blog, September 21, 2018
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This morning I came across an article about a group of ambassadors’ wives working together on economic inequality–arguably one of the greatest challenges facing the world today, alongside (and linked with) climate change. The Spirit Level is a fascinating book that makes a strong case for inequality being the root cause behind a wide range of problems, from crime to obesity, teen pregnancy to the opioid epidemic.These ambassadors’ wives, whose husbands are based at embassies in Berlin, are led by Julia Przyłębska, the wife of the Polish ambassador to Germany. Amongst their proposed projects, they want to organise international youth exchanges with a technical, environmental and agricultural focus. Przyłębska noted that diplomats’ wives have access to a highly international network of contacts, and they want to use this network to tackle collective problems:She added that being wives of diplom..
Image from article, with caption: Dr. WASK with Iv. Savvov, Founder, Managing Partner Europe Business Assembly, Oxford, UK
Being an entrepreneur can be challenging, rewarding, frustrating, satisfying, disappointing, and exhilarating.
Entrepreneurs are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.
The high entrepreneurial skills in Dr. Williams Anarfi Sarpong popularly called Dr. WASK has caught the attention of the Europe Business Assembly and as such have been appointed the EBA Ambassador to Ghana and West Africa.
The Europe Business Assembly is a multinational research and analytical center of image technologies, PR projects and international cooperation programmes in various spheres of human activity.
The center was founded in 2000 in Oxford (Great Britain). It had founders who were scientists of universities and heads of commercial structures and public organizations of old Europe, who work ..
jpost.com, January 22
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She made the trek from Ethiopian at the age of ten, and as and adult became deputy mayor of Tel Aviv. Now she's running for Knesset.
In the 2004 reality TV show The Ambassador, young Israeli contestants competed over the right to defend the Jewish state in public diplomacy [JB emphasis] around the world.
Since then, its judges Nachman Shai and Yaakov Peri became Knesset members and the winner of the contest, Eytan Schwartz, ran unsuccessfully for the Knesset with Labor. Now the second-place finisher, Mehereta Baruch-Ron, is joining the fray, announcing Tuesday that she is seeking a Knesset seat with the Meretz Party.
Baruch-Ron, 44, was born in Seramle, Ethiopia, and at age 10 made a difficult journey by foot into Sudan, where she was airlifted to Israel without her family. She went from being illiterate to earning two degrees and then becoming the first Ethiopian-born deputy mayor of Tel Aviv, a post she has held for si..