Culinary diplomacy utilizes food as a relationship-builder, but does it meet the standards of new public diplomacy? Michael Ardaiolo discusses the different facets of culinary diplomacy with Sam Chapple-Sokol. Sam Chapple-Sokol is an independent researcher and consultant on culinary diplomacy. He has a Master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
- Public diplomacy
- 25th October 2019
France Regains #1 Spot: The 2019 Soft Power 30
Oct 24, 2019
France tops the rankings of the newly released 2019 Soft Power 30 index and report, released jointly by strategic communications consultancy Portland Communications, Facebook and CPD.
“France reclaims its top spot after a mixed year for the French government,” reads the report. “[Macron] doubtless been strengthened by an economy growing at a faster clip than most large, developed countries.”
The Soft Power 30 methodology considers the following factors when ranking a country's soft power strength: enterprise, culture, digital, government, engagement and education. The release is accompanied by a report that includes dozens of essays by leading experts in soft power, nation branding, global communications and beyond.
Now analyzing countries' performance during 2018, the index has seen the U.S. dropping annually in the rankings since the 2015 analysis, when the U.S. placed first. Here's a glance at the top..
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Deadline: 15 May 2019image fromU.S. Embassy in Lebanon has announced the Fulbright Student Scholarship Program 2020.BenefitsThe grant includes: roundtrip airfare between Lebanon and the United States, tuition, books, health insurance, and room and board.The program, which covers a maximum of two academic years of study beginning in August 2020, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.Eligibility CriteriaApplicants must meet the following requirements:Be a Lebanese citizen or a legal, long-term Palestinian resident in Lebanon.Reside in Lebanon at the time of the application.Cannot be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (green card holder).Have a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the Lebanese Ministry of Higher Education (or will graduate with a bachelor’s degree before summer 2020).Demonstrate academic excellence within his/her field of specialization.Pursue a field of study benefiting Lebanese society and..
What conditions make Facebook a productive digital diplomacy tool? In a new article published in The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, CPD Contributing Scholar Dr. Damien Spry examines how ministries of foreign affairs have used Facebook to connect with audiences in several locations across Asia-Pacific.
Specifically, Spry takes a look at the environmental, institutional, algorithmic and audience factors behind the use of Facebook for digital diplomacy. He finds that the institutional factors that compel ministries to post certain types of content do not always match the audience factors that drive engagement on the platform.
For public diplomats seeking to craft meaningful engagement, considering what is immediately useful or emotionally resonant to target audiences may be what is needed to make Facebook an important diplomacy tool. Spry writes:
“MFAs can, therefore, unburden themselves from unrealistic expectations that Facebook can be a forum for..