Consolato Generale d'ItaliaHo Chi Minh City
A stimulating and interactive afternoon at UEH Connected, a non-governmental organization that has the aim to inspire the growth, skills and values of young students, startupper and freelancers by guiding them step by step in consolidating their ability and their vocational training.On November 29 the Consul General of Italy at HCMC Dante Brandi intervened at the seminar organized by UEH Connected for a wide audience of students and young professionals, with a presentation aimed to illustrating the nature of the Italian “soft power”, the communication action on social media and public diplomacy [JB emphasis] that the Consulate plays to promote relations between South Vietnam and Italy.The seminar, titled “Italy and Soft Power: Using the right Weapons. Public diplomacy, communication & branding in times of social media”, was an opportunity to illustrate the nature of the Italian Soft Power, based on the valu..
To the Editor:
“How Trump Co-opts Leaders Like Barr,” by James Comey (Op-Ed, May 2), should be required reading for every high school student.
Mr. Comey offers an important lesson on what happens when power corrupts and when bad leaders lead even good people astray. In explaining why and how the current attorney general could frame the Mueller report as a vindication for President Trump, Mr. Comey puts his finger on a human problem with enormous consequence: “Amoral leaders have a way of revealing the character of those around them.”
He cites the courageous behavior of James Mattis, the former defense secretary who resigned in disagreement with Mr. Trump, as opposed to those who refuse to call out his bad policies.
I resent what Mr. Comey did to Hillary Clinton in opening an investigation of her emails so close to an election. But Mr. Comey is speaking truth to power and warning all of us of the dangers of unchecked loyalty. That’s an important lesson.
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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.
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