In the introductory chapter to the edited volume on Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice that Marcus Holmes and I published four years ago, I asked the question of whether digital technologies could be seen as a harbinger of change for diplomacy, by revolutionising the way in which diplomats perform their traditional functions of representation, communication,Read more
Though the notion of public diplomacy has a long history, its importance and the tools used have been changing, which has led to an increase in its use in foreign policy. In recent months, Turkey has engaged in public diplomacy efforts in Iraq — a country that constitutes a significant challenge for Ankara. The firstRead more
Shawn Dorman, washdiplomat.com, March 1, 2019
On a quiet street in Oslo, the almost-famous international diplomatic band hauls their equipment out of the van to the backyard of a local couple (he’s American, she’s Norwegian) hosting a birthday bash. The sounds of rock ‘n’ roll ensue, from Norwegian classics like “Splitter Pine” to Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” to “Sunset Moose,” an original song by the one American in the band, acting U.S. Ambassador to Norway and lead guitarist Jim DeHart. Diplomatic Immunity, which released its first (and only) CD “A Foreign Affair” last June, features an all-star lineup of diplomats and friends who moonlight as musicians: Canadian Ambassador to Norway Artur Wilczynski (drummer); U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires to Norway Jim DeHart (guitarist/singer); Wilczynski’s Canadian partner, Randy Stocker (rhythm guitar/pianist); American Embassy Motor Pool Dispatcher Ørjan Tverbakk (bass player); and fitness trainer and musical t..
Fred Dews, brookings.edu, March 15, 2019; original article contains links and video of the event; see also item 13 in a satirical piece pertaining to Kim-Trump negotiations
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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Hanoi, Vietnam, on February 27 and 28 for their second summit to focus on denuclearization and sanctions relief. The two leaders left their first summit last June in Singapore with a vague joint statement about denuclearization, sanctions relief, and other matters.
On March 6, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted a distinguished panel of experts to analyze the outcomes of the second summit, address the future of U.S.-North Korea relations, and propose policy recommendations. …
Some of the expert panelists remarked that Kim Jong Un appeared more confident in his public diplomacy [JB emphasis] skills than he did in the previous summit, the North Korean leader utilized his knowledge of how t..
Sqn Ldr Rana TS Chhina (retd), tribuneindia.com
Image from article, with caption: Forgotten heroes: The sacrifices of Indian soldiers in WWI were largely ignored in the writings and books on the subject
The centenary of World War I has reignited literary and academic interest in the contribution of Indian soldiers
By Sqn Ldr Rana TS Chhina (retd), tribuneindia.com
[JB note: On the controversial U.S. “propaganda” role during the Great War, see John Brown, “Janus-Faced Public Diplomacy: Creel and Lippmann During the Great War,” in Deborah L. Trent Ph.D. (Author, Editor), Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future (Public Diplomacy Council Series) Paperback – November 4, 2016, now available online.]
World War I (1914-1918) was undoubtedly one of the defining events of modern world history. The conflict set in motion a chain of events with far reaching consequences. While it is now a century since ‘the guns of August’ finally fell silent, the repercussions of that cat..