China’s cuddliest diplomatic asset. Abby Wood/Smithsonian National Zoo This week, a pair of pandas finally arrived at Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia. The arrival was a long time coming: China had inked a deal with Malaysia to loan a pair of pandas in 2012. But while the pandas were initially scheduled to arrive in April,
Donald M. Bishop, publicdiplomacycouncil.org, February 26, 2019
“Metrics,” “data,” “evaluation,” and “results, not outputs” have proven to be real challenges for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and strategic communication. So has demonstrating that a program, activity, or campaign “moves the needle.” Yesteryear Foreign Service Officers at U.S. Information Service posts religiously tallied “placements.” From time to time, USIA’s research office commissioned surveys. At the dawn of the social media era, counting “hits,” “page views,” followers, “likes,” and “friends” had its day. Now, “big data” seems full of promise.Once upon a time, however, the tools of measurement were a ruler, a pencil, and a notebook. Reading an account of those pioneer days may give a brief respite from current headaches. Everyone needs an occasional chuckle.In the 1970s, Foreign Service Journal ran a series of articles, “Tales of the Foreign Service,” later gathered in a book. Copies of the volume are treasured fo..
Thursday, May 18th 2017 VOA’s alleged mishandling of a Chinese insider’s interview shouldn’t overshadow the important work done by it and the other U.S. government-sponsored broadcasters. See my latest commentary in The American Interest: The Voice of America (VOA) celebrated its 75th anniversary in March, but it didn’t have much time to savor its diamond
Kevin O’Shea who recently retired from the Canadian public service after nearly 35 years of service focuses his current advisory work and research on borders, Canada-US relations and public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. His public service career included assignments as an Assistant Secretary, Beyond the Border Implementation Team, in the Privy Council Office, and assignments in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, the Canadian Consulate in New York, the Canadian Mission to the EU in Brussels, the Canadian Mission to the OECD in Paris and the Canadian High Commission in Ghana. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Borders in Globalization, a multi-country research consortium on borders, and has recently become a Canadian Global Affairs Institute Fellow.RECENT PUBLICATIONS BY KEVIN O'SHEARevitalizing Canadian Public Diplomacy
Canada's Foreign Policy – A Review: Episode Six – Press Freedom and P..
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All but Six U.S. States Have at Least One Confucius Institute on University Campusesimage (not from article) from
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following an eight-month long investigation, today U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Carper (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), unveiled a new bipartisan report that details the lack of transparency in how American colleges and universities manage Confucius Institutes—which are located at more than 100 American colleges and universities and have received more than $150 million in support from the Chinese government.
These Confucius Institutes are controlled, funded and mostly staffed by the Chinese government. The report also details China’s one-sided treatment of U.S. schools and key State Department programs in China, and documents the lack of oversight by the Departments of State and Education of U.S. Confucius Institutes.