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.
Its obsession with using hard power has led the Egyptian state to believe that it is the only practical tool capable of helping to resolve all of the country’s challenges. In practice, the current ruling strategy completely neglects soft...
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,..
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Michele Blood, lifezette.com, March 3, 2019
National security adviser praised president's summit work and explained why commander-in-chief 'decided to shake things up'
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Bolton called his “roughly 150 tweets” on the situation in Venezuela a “new experiment in public diplomacy [JB emphasis],” adding that most of his tweets also come out in Spanish because “we want to reach a Latin American audience in particular.”
“We are trying to rally support for the peaceful transition of power from Maduro to Juan Guaido, whom we recognize as president,” said Bolton. “Our objective is to have Juan Guaido become the interim president so that we can get new presidential elections.” ...
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The United States will increase its presence in Central Europe through new cultural, economic and security initiatives, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a press conference with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Monday.
"I’m announcing new initiatives that will strengthen the US presence in Central Europe," Pompeo said. "We are increasing the support for people-to-people ties, events and exchanges [JB emphasis]. … We are also increasing support to help Hungary in its fight against corruption, strengthening law enforcement cooperation and providing mentorships training and exchanges … in all four Visegrad countries."
Pompeo said the United States’ absence in the region was "unacceptable" and claimed that the country’s rivals, particularly Russia and China, have stepped in to fill the vacuum.
"Today, we are reconfirming our determination for positive influence in the..
Most-Read Blogs of 2018
Dec 18, 2018
What did 2018 look like for analysis and commentary about public diplomacy? Here are the CPD Blog posts that topped our audience's reading list this year:
10) Countering Disinformation: The Public Diplomacy Problem of our Time by James Pamment. How can communications professionals counteract manipulation and deception? Pamment offers two guides on counter-influence.
9) Media Framing of a Diplomatic Insult by Muhammad Ittefaq. An example of how the impact of an incident at an airport can spill over into diplomatic relations.
8) Public Diplomacy for Losers by Nicholas J. Cull. Why honesty and working with defeat is so important to public diplomacy.
7) Learning from South Korean Diplomatic Experimentation by Jan Melissen and HwaJung Kim. South Korea's unique approach to public diplomacy innovation offers valuable insight for other nations.
6) British Council on Evaluating Arts & Soft Power Programming by Ian Thomas. The Head of..
Natalia GrinchevaDigital Scholarship in the Humanities, fqy072, https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqy072Published: 24 December 2018Cite Permissions Share AbstractThe article proposes, justifies, and tests a new methodological framework to measure museum ‘soft power’ by employing geo-visualization as a new method empowered by the rapid development of digital humanities. This research not only demystifies the buzz term of ‘soft power’ that is frequently applied in relation to contemporary museums and their international cultural engagements but also develops an evaluation framework to assess museum capacities to exert global impacts. Specifically, the article draws on the academic scholarship outlining a plethora of approaches for ‘soft power’ evaluation, including Resources, Outputs, Perceptions, and Networks evaluation models. It argues for a new integrative approach that can comprehensively combine different methods to construct a more advanced tool to measure museum ‘soft power’. The artic..