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..
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 ..
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..
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..
Carl Bildt is pushing for diplomacy’s digital evolution; and Hyundai sponsors the Tate Modern to promote S. Korea. The PDcast is a weekly podcast featuring Julia Watson, Adam Cyr and Michael Ardaiolo discussing the trending public diplomacy topics. Subscribe now in iTunes. The conversation continues using @Public_Diplomat and #PDcast. Send us your questions, comments and suggestions throughout the week, and we will use themREAD MORE
Earlier this January, President Obama gave his first-ever one-on-one interview on German television. The background of this rare interview was news reports originating last year that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) had monitored communications of European citizens – and thereby had seemingly even listened in on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s private phone calls. In theREAD MORE
As you can see, E-International Relations has recently had a facelift. Don’t be fooled, however. The update was purely cosmetic but E-IR has committed to continuing its role as a premier outlet of international relations commentary and analysis. Which is why it is confusing they kept me around. I have been a proud contributor toREAD MORE
The so-called ‘Twitter diplomacy’ has become one of the most prominent innovations in foreign policies of the world’s leading countries, political analysts say. Officials have been actively using social networking sites to address millions of people all over the globe. President Vladimir Putin’s Twitter account has more than 120,000 followers. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev`s blogREAD MORE
Fairfax, VA – George Mason University’s Character Assassination and Reputation Politics (CARP) Research Lab hosts its second international conference “Character Assassination and Populism: Challenges and Responses” on March 15-17, 2019.
One primary characteristic of today’s global society is the growing public distrust in many traditional authorities. In the context of institutional legitimacy crisis, there is a great demand for new voices to trust. These changes provide opportunities for populists and charismatic opinion leaders of all kinds to promote their agendas and influence public opinion. Populist politicians often become primary newsmakers for clickbait content in the media that proliferates personal opinions, falsehoods, and unwarranted ad hominem attacks. Belligerent rhetoric also normalizes the culture of incivility which has negative consequences for civil debate in a well-functioning democracy.
By Matthijs Tieleman, The Washington Post, below the headline,
“How 18th-century information wars can solve the problem of 21st-century ‘fake news’
Matthijs Tieleman is a P.h.D candidate in history at UCLA and the Society of the Cincinnati dissertation fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
February 24 at 6:00 AM
The crucial value of education in the humanities
Franklin image (not from article) from the CIA website which notes, “Look Back … Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father of Covert Action
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Fake news, active measures, Twitter bots: Not since the 1980s have espionage and disinformation so captivated our collective mind. Many have looked back to the Cold War to understand the implications of these phenomena. After all, Russia, America’s Cold War nemesis, is considered the primary culprit in today’s most controversial disinformation campaigns.
Yet our media landscape, the breeding and feeding ground of..