Foreign policy is evolving and adapting in front of our eyes, not only to new technologies but also to the different personifications of power and influence. Thanks to social media and the advent of digital diplomacy, this transformation is happening very fast and affects the very DNA of how governments interact with each other andREAD MORE
Jordanian and Palestinian social network activists were busy this past weekend exchanging videos, pictures, and comments on the clashes following a local match in Amman on Friday evening. The match was between Al-Wehdat and Al-Faisali clubs. The players of the first club are made up, mainly, of Jordanians who are from a Palestinian origin, andREAD MORE
Jeffrey Robertson, lowyinstitute.org
[JB note: From the article, a notable quotation: “Any junior diplomat who has waited hours at the airport for a politician’s arrival knows there is a big difference between political leadership and diplomacy.”]
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Following the Trump-Kim summits and a gush of commentary on “presidential diplomacy”, “face-to-face diplomacy”, “summit diplomacy”, and even “Trumpian diplomacy”, we’ve somehow come to accept politicians as diplomats. It may be time to recall the difference – before it’s too late.In chess, leadership pieces are played at the right time. The King is vulnerable and is protected, the Queen is powerful and used strategically. Why send the leaders out at the earliest stages?While it may be splitting hairs, leadership summits are not “diplomacy”. If we consider diplomacy to be the mediation of estranged entities by official representatives, then leadership summits aren’t diplomacy. Even the simplest definition, diplom..
newhouseinsider.syr.edu, March 6, 2019
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A unique program between Newhouse and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] program is a two-year, two-degree (Public Relations/International Relations) opportunity for students looking to work in communication both at home and abroad. This week on the Newhouse Insider Podcast, Steven Pike, Assistant Professor of Public Relations, sits down with Eric to discuss the ins-and-outs of the Public Diplomacy program, studying abroad, and working for the State Department.
Steven Pike is a veteran of the State Department with over twenty years of experience around the globe. He has served in the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Senegal, Haiti, and Washington, D.C. He’s been known to make the occasional Doctor Who reference too.
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