When National Geographic Abu Dhabi in April posted a seemingly benign image of Nubian ibex climbing cliffs on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, its social media pages quickly blew up. The problem? A caption referred to the location as the “Judean Desert” and as “Ein Gedi,” which overlook the Dead Sea. The item caught the
hsgac.senate.gov; on the current controversy re Confucius Institutes, see also (1) (2)
Zais image from
Statement of General Mitchell “Mick” Zais [JB – see] Deputy Secretary U.S. Deparment of Education (ED) Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
Chairman Portman, Ranking Member Carper, and other distinguished Members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. As a retired Army Brigadier General, whose national security background includes a tour of duty as the Pentagon’s Chief of War Plans, I fully understand the importance of ensuring that our institutions of higher education maintain their academic independence free from foreign malign influence. Concerns about foreign malign influence over, or access to, our nation’s colleges and universities have surfaced from time-to-time over the years in various parts of the Federal government. In response to those and other concerns, ove..
- Public diplomacy
- 12th August 2019
Media Freedom and PD
Jul 30, 2019
Freedom of the media around the world has faced a “downward spiral,” writes this year's “Freedom and the Media” report by watchdog organization Freedom House. From Hungary to Austria to Israel to the United States, government leaders have attempted to manipulate the media environment and vilify journalists—elements of this new, “illiberal toolbox” are symptoms, the report says, of a worldwide decline in democracy.
What does this deteriorating media environment mean for public diplomacy practice?
“Social media are still worth saving,” writes Freedom House Technology and Democracy Research Director Adrian Shahbaz. While the spread of disinformation has created challenges, there is still space for policymakers, technology companies and civil society to come together and bolster the internet as a positive platform for media engagement.
“At a time when the harmful aspects of these platforms are being exposed and debated around the world, the..
Cornelia Meyer, arabnews.com, January 26, 2019
Image from article, with caption: French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AFP)
The Treaty of Aachen signed on Jan. 22 by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has little day-to-day practical relevance — but considerable historic and political significance.
On the same day 56 years before, two titans of postwar Europe, French President Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, signed the Elysee Treaty. It covered the areas of defense, education and youth relations and was designed to turn centuries of rivalry between France and Germany into peaceful coexistence. This was probably one of the most successful examples of public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. Generations of young French and German students went on exchange programs to each other’s countries. Indeed, if you now ask educated German or French citizens about their neighbors, their feelings are warm in memory of ..
U vreme Bemdžamina Frenklina bilo je potrebno šest meseci da diplomatske poruke stignu iz Pariza do Filadelfije. Uloliko je ambasador želeo da bude efikasan, morao je da donosi autonomne odluke u skladu sa poznavanjem konkretne situacije i nacionalnim interesima svoje zemlje. Ali dobri stari dani su iza nas, a obim i frekvencija komunikacije između diplomate