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.
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.
Journalists are often advised to report the story, not become part of it, but Australia's coverage of and broadcasting to Asia have been making headlines for years.
In 2014, the trend has continued with the Federal Government eviscerating its publicly...
Skip to content Sian MacLeod
UK Ambassador to Serbia
Part of UK in Serbia
9th October 2020 Belgrade, Serbia
Faces of Diplomacy When I walk up the stairs to my office in the Embassy I pass a series of painted portraits and photographs of former heads of the UK’s diplomatic mission in Belgrade.
Over the years our diplomatic mission has had different names and a different status. It has been a Legation, a Consulate General and, as now, a British Embassy.
We are of now the UK Embassy to the Republic of Serbia. But my predecessors were accredited at different times to Serbia, the Kingdom of Serbia, the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia, and Serbia and Montenegro.
The portraits start with George Hodges who arrived by boat across the Danube in 1837. They continue, with some gaps, up to my predecessor Denis Keefe who left Belgrade last year.
There is one very obvious difference between me and all the diplomats in the portraits: they are all men.
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
8th October 2020 Skopje, North Macedonia
Secrets of writing a good Chevening application We’re always excited when we launch the annual Chevening Scholarship fund. We’ll be spending the next few weeks hoping to encourage as many good quality applications as possible before the closing date on 3 November. Through a scholarship you can gain a world-class education, experience the UK’s diverse and welcoming culture, and become part of the lifelong Chevening community. A Chevening Scholarship offers full financial support by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and partner organisations. And if you are passionate about creating positive change in the communities around you, you are the person we are looking for!
I’ve spent the past two years here chairing the panel which shortlists and later interviews applicants. I’ve seen some ..
Skip to content Adnan Muminović
Guest blogger for Matt Field
8th October 2020 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
When things appear too good to be true, they usually are. Except for when they are not… About a year ago, I decided to quit my job in Sarajevo and move to London in order to pursue my second master’s in something called Psychology of Economic Life. Inevitably, as part of that decision, several others had to be made as well. Those included, but were not limited to, the decision to trade a well-paying job for a life on a student budget; strong ties with people I love most in the world for what would, at least initially, be strangers; and my own comfortable place in Sarajevo for a flat share in London. In short, I had decided to trade the known for the unknown.
Back in Sarajevo, reminiscing about the past twelve months and writing these lines, I ask myself whether it was worth it. Would I do it again? Oh, absolutely! And, honestly, so should you…
For all those ..
In this book, Andrew Cooper who is a Political Scientist tries to analyses and assesses the role of celebrity into the world of Diplomacy which is changing its course from being state-centric to incorporating transnational and global elements. This book tries to capture the roles played by celebrities like movie stars, musicians, and CEOs who […]
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Skip to content Sian MacLeod
UK Ambassador to Serbia
Part of UK in Serbia
2nd October 2020 Belgrade, Serbia
Weather Reports Grey and windy in London; wet in Vienna; sunny in Skopje; ‘improbably sunny’ in Dublin; sultry in Lisbon… Online meetings of British Ambassadors often start with friendly chat that sounds a bit like a global weather forecast. After all, talking about the weather is something that British people are famous for. British diplomats are no exception.
There is a good reason why we talk about the weather so much in the UK – it’s because, being a country with a long coast line and a small land mass, our weather is rather changeable and unpredictable. Diplomats take many habits with them when they go abroad – and for British diplomats talking about the weather is one of them. I think it’s rather an nice habit that helps us communicate with all sorts of people on uncontroversial ground. With our own colleagues around the UK’s diplomatic network it’s a nice way of reconnect..
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,..
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 ..
Spanish Ambassador to Korea Juan Ignacio Morro, koreaherald.com
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Since the historic day, the supreme law has united all Spanish citizens, and launched Spain’s journey as an open, modern and inclusive country.
Over the last four decades, Spain has established itself as a democratic state based on the rule of law. We have deeply committed ourselves to the European project as a European Union member state since 1986, prioritizing the European principles and values of democracy along the way.
Furthermore, Spain has become a welfare state offering universal health care and education, and a world leader championing equality, human rights and international solidarity.
Today we take pride in ourselves for many reasons. Spain has one the highest levels of democratic quality in the world. We have achieved remarkable results in territorial decentralization and regional self-governance. We are home to different cultures and languages and diverse gro..
Joseph DanaBy, atimes.com
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A joint press conference of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chad President Idriss Déby in Jerusalem, November 25, 2018.
“Isolation” is a word never far from the mouths of Israeli diplomats when discussing their country’s geopolitical predicament. Since its creation, Israel has bemoaned what it terms its undue isolation in the Arab and Muslim world.
With the signing of peace agreements with Jordan and Egypt, this was greatly diminished, to be sure. But Israelis still believed themselves alone in a sea of enemies.
That, at least, has been the official line. In reality, through the sale of weapons and technology, it has cultivated unofficial allies across the region and around the globe. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Chad this month is powerful evidence to this point.
As part of an international campaign to encourage investment and to highlight his own diplomatic clout, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ..
Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald, 3 January, 2019
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The Prince of Wales is likely to shake up English Christianity when he becomes monarch
Last year saw an important milestone in the history of the British Royal Family. Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to the Queen, celebrated his 70th birthday.
This being a royal celebration, it was unlike most significant birthdays. The Prince reached 70 on November 14, but the initial celebrations were in May. The series of garden parties and speeches and other events were designed as part of the Royal family’s continuing strategy of public diplomacy [JB emphasis] , conveying to all that the heir to the throne is ready to take up his role as king whenever the time comes, without, of course, mentioning anything as distasteful as the death of the Queen.
Prince Charles had a good year, and is, as the longest-serving heir in history, well prepared for his future role..
Steve Straehley, allgov.com, Friday, April 13, 2018
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Joseph Estey Macmanus, nominated November 29, 2017, to be the next ambassador to Colombia from the United States, has more than 30 years’ experience in the Foreign Service, has participated in difficult negotiations with foreign adversaries and helped to run the Department of State. Although his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations was held on March 7, 2018, his confirmation was blocked by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). The reason? He was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s executive assisatant, and he was supported by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Macmanus was born in 1953 to Joseph and Miriam Macmanus and has three brothers and two sisters, including his twin, Mary. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, but left the area for college, attending Notre Dame. He earned a B.A. in English there in 1974, and then returned home and earned a master’s in information science from Stat..
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One of the most important programs by the private sector is the Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] or “Soft Power”. Saudi Arabia formalized activating the role of media abroad to present the true image of the Kingdom and resist the negative campaigns, instructing the Chambers of Commerce to assign businessmen to play effective roles to the benefit of the Kingdom through meetings or via their wide network and commercial activities in other countries.”
The Chairman of Special Direction CSR [JB - see] Dr. Shadi Khawandanah said: “The soft power has become one of the main means of communication, in addition to being a great boost to the traditional diplomacy as it supports the status and image of societies.”
Accordingly, the Direction Knowledge & Cultural Exchange Program presented a pioneer model where both genders visit different countries to discuss common subjects, and to gain knowledge about other cultures, with emphasis on the Saudi soci..
The United States must work to thoroughly address the concerns Okinawans have with its presence on the island.
Matthew Reisener, nationalinterest.org
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While America has far too many military bases which have become redundant, costly and counterproductive to America’s national interests, the bases in Okinawa remain a vital component of America’s grand strategy in East Asia. The American military presence on the island, and specifically U.S. Marines, play an important role in establishing American power projection in a critically important region that is home to roughly 60 percent of the global population. Still, in the interest of preserving the long-term sustainability of the American presence in Okinawa, the United States should work with the local government to better address the valid complaints of the Japanese people regarding the role of the American military in Okinawa. ...
America’s bases in Okinawa remain extremely important to its securit..
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PESHAWAR: 8, DECEMBER/ 2018: Foreign officer along with her husband died due to gas leakage in a hotel of Hunza, here on Saturday. According to details, Syeda Fatima was commissioned in Foreign office in Public diplomacy [JB emphasis] session. According to sources, Syeda Fatima went to Hunza with her husband, a day before, where she died in a blast due to gas leakage.
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On the OANDA Business Breakfast this morning, Nick Howard and Senior Market Analyst Craig Erlam discussed the latest on Jaguar Land Rover and Brexit. Nick also spoke with the Japanese minister for public diplomacy and media, Shinichi Iida, about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the UK. Click on the link [...] to listen to the show.
Wa'el Nimat, uscpublicdiplomacy.org
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Today, the threat and danger of violent extremism—whether foreign or domestic—is far more challenging than it has ever been. The unpredictable nature of violent extremism enables it not to be restricted to a single race, gender, religion, culture, country or even an ideology.
In the 21st century, the notion of violent extremism has expressed how volatile its adherents are in the age of information and constant worldwide integration. New interactive developments that range from the globalization of the media, to transnational developments, have allowed violent extremist ideology to become digitized and more readily available for those who seek it. To the dismay of contrary belief, differing methods for countering violent extremism (CVE) have created division within the U.S. With so much of the U.S. government’s efforts to eliminate violent extremism directed abroad, containing homegrown violent extremism (HVE) has ..
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With the recent transformations in the international political scene, traditional ways of achieving foreign policy aims have also transformed. Earlier approaches such as foreign aid and diplomacy were the most common ways of achieving foreign policy goals. Now, “national integrity” is respected by all states in the international order and public diplomacy is the most common way to achieve goals.
Public diplomacy [JB emphasis] has become a significant instrument of foreign policy and is used by states to influence public opinion and the ruling class. In essence, public diplomacy is the promotion of ideas and national interests by informing and educating people around the world through cultural activities, exchange programs and social media.
Saudi Arabia’s priorities are increasingly focused on enhancing its public image by becoming more transparent in..
Re-Making Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis]: How the Fight Against Disinformation is Changing the Way We Talk With the World
December 11 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Please join the Fletcher Eurasia Club and the Fletcher Diplomacy Club for an informal conversation with William Stevens, the former spokesperson of U.S. Embassy Moscow and now the chief of the U.S. Department of State’s training division for public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. Stevens will share his insights and experiences from working as the top U.S. public affairs official in Russia and discuss some of the creative ways his team engaged with misinformation and trolling. [...]
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The launch of the book was done by Honorable Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu amidst the presence of dignitaries like Dr. Sonal Mansingh, Shri Manoj Tewari, ambassadors and diplomats.
Mansi Gulati, the yoga exponent and author launched her new book ‘Yoga and Mindfulness’ in association with Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Forum recently. The launch of the book was done by Honorable Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu amidst the presence of dignitaries like Dr. Sonal Mansingh, Shri Manoj Tewari, ambassadors and diplomats.
Mansi Gulati addressed the audience and spoke about the benefits of yoga. She said her book ‘Yoga and Mindfulness’ was the simplest study on the subject which is based on the fact that yoga is not mere asanas but everything done with mindfulness and dedication.
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Deadline: 31 December 2018
The Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Section at the U.S. Embassy Suva is seeking applications for its Public Diplomacy Small Grant Program. The grant proposals must benefit Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga or Tuvalu and address one of the Public Diplomacy Initiatives or Embassy Goals listed below.Public Diplomacy Initiatives:Foster media contacts and professional developmentExpand STEAM and educational opportunities for youth to meet the needs of a 21st century workforcePromote sustainable economic development and women’s economic participationEmbassy GoalsBolster U.S. security and regional security, as well as protect U.S. citizensFoster a free and open Indo-Pacific region by promoting a rules-based order, both bilaterally and multilaterally, by supporting responsive, democratic governance, strong civil society and an independent mediaPromote sustained economic prosperity driven by open-market economic policies and high-standard invest..