A lot of my diplomatic counterparts in Havana look completely bemused when I talk to them about Twitter or tell them what my last blog was about. That’s not because they don’t know what Twitter or blogging is but because they don’t really see social media as playing a role in their daily diplomacy. ManyREAD MORE
@marcoRecorder Co-written with @AmyJColgan, @PabloPerezA. Published on Waltzing Matilda Blog Assessing our performances is key to understanding how we can improve. In this post we want to share with our readers about how the European Commission’s central social media accounts have developed – in terms of followership, engagement and the volume of conversation we areREAD MORE
On March 21, 2006, a simple messaging service was born with a five-word tweet. Fast forward eight years. Tweets now move billions of dollars in the stock market, have delivered play-by-play of the killing of the FBI’s most wanted terrorist and allow planet Earth to communicate directly with humans and machines residing in outer space.READ MORE
I was struck by an article by Robert Phillips on the death of PR (http://www.prweek.com/article/1285244/pr-dead-public-leadership-future). Why is an ambassador to Lebanon reading PR Week? Fair question. Firstly because, for a certain era in No 10, it used to be the vehicle of choice for carefully placed leaks among feuding colleagues, and therefore entertaining reading forREAD MORE
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – 10:00amCSCC Conference Room, Perelman 418, 133 S. 36th Street Walter Douglas is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.Mr. Douglas was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Media Engagement in the Bureau of Public Affairs. Before that, he served overseas as minister counselor for public affairs at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi. Earlier, Mr. Douglas was a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. His report “Engaging the Muslim World: Public Diplomacy after 9/11 in the Arab Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan” was published in 2013.Until October, 2011, Mr. Douglas was based in Islamabad as the director of communications for the U.S. mission in Pakistan. Before that, he served in Washington as ..
Andrew Illis, The Globe and Mail (Ontario Edition), 29 Jan 2019
For most Canadians, television footage of 18-year-old Saudi asylum seeker Rahaf Mohammed walking through Toronto’s airport on the arm of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was a feel-good moment.
For Neil Bruce, chief executive officer of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., the political photo opportunity was a symbol of what has become a multibillion-dollar headache at the country’s largest engineering firm. Montreal-based SNC now faces the prospect of a sweeping restructuring, partly because of decisions made in Ottawa. One of those decisions was to escalate a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia, the home of 9,000 SNC employees.
SNC took a $1.24- billion write down Monday on its oil and gas business, which accounts for approximately one-third of the company’s revenue. The hit reflects a deteriorating relationship between the Canadian government and the royal family that runs the kingdom. SNC has been doing bu..
Photo courtesy of Belarus' embassy in Uzbekistan MINSK, 29 January (BelTA)
A Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Institute of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was inaugurated in Uzbekistan, BelTA learned from the embassy of Belarus in Tashkent.
Belarus' Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Uzbekistan Leonid Marinich took part in a press briefing to mark the launch of the institute. He described promising fields of cooperation with Uzbekistan in the framework of the SCO. In particular, the diplomat suggested establishing cooperation between the Belarusian agricultural machinery companies and Uzbek agrarian enterprises with a view to strengthen the Shanghai Cooperation Organization food security.
The ambassador also invited companies from Uzbekistan to take part in Belagro, a large international agricultural expo held annually in Belarus.
Belarus and Uzbekistan are active participants of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative. In this regard, Leo..
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JANUARY 29, 2019Royce image fromExcerpt:ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS MARIE ROYCE2:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Royce chairs the U.S.-Algeria Education and Culture Working Group, at the Department of State.
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