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UK Ambassador to Serbia
Part of UK in Serbia
25th September 2020 Belgrade, Serbia
Windows on History The British and the Second World War in YugoslaviaThe Second World War finally came to an end just over 75 years ago. The memory of that war becomes more distant with each passing generation.
This was the lived experience of my parents’ generation, experience and memories that our parents – or perhaps for some of you your grandparents – recounted to us as children, but which we can only now pass on second or third hand to our own children.
Some of the most remarkable wartime memories and stories told by the British wartime generation concern the cooperation and events which happened in what was then Yugoslavia. They are memories and stories of a remarkable history of struggle, bravery, resilience, ingenuity and sacrifice by our forebears to overcome a common adversary.
The Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, here in Belgrade, is a constant reminder of the sac..
Alan Heil, publicdiplomacycouncil.org, February 22, 2019
In an essay entitled “The Middle East: Regional Disorder,” Columbia University Professor Lawrence G. Potter warns of the impact on global security of catastrophic developments in that troubled region. It’s a prime reason for U.S. and international public diplomacy [JB emphasis], in all its forms.Writing in the 2019 edition of the Foreign Policy Association’s annual Great Decisions series, Professor Potter reviews grim developments in four major Middle East countries, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Syria.Great Decisions is designed to stimulate discussion across the U.S. of citizens interested in current global issues.In a Great Decisions essay written late last year, the Columbia University scholar characterized the Middle East bluntly:“It remains a region in turmoil. A century after the map of the region was decided by colonial powers, states that never achieved coherence or legitimacy are failing.“There is a crisis in leadershi..
- Public diplomacy
- 10th February 2019
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Necati Anaz and Emre Akman (2017) Turkey's Soft Power Capacity: Geopolitics of Aviation and the Turkish Airlines. The Arab World Geographer: Winter 2017, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 303-316.
Turkey's Soft Power Capacity: Geopolitics of Aviation and the Turkish Airlines
Political Science and International Relations, Istanbul University, Istanbul Turkey
Turkish Airlines, Istanbul, Turkey
With its more than 290 flight destinations, Turkish Airlines emerges as Turkey's new face of transportation and a major facilitator of Turkey's international reputation. The airlines' continental connections and in-flight services help Turkey's visibility not only in the air but also on the ground, as being the one of nation's image-making instruments and a national trademark. In this framework, this paper focuses on Turkish Airlines' contribution to Turkey's soft power capa..
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Matthew Lawrence, Strategic Communications and Marketing Professional, via linkedin, published December 27, 2018
It’s no surprise that Army officers tend to be ‘can-do’ type people who don’t shy away from things that need to be done; however, knowing when to get advice from a subject matter expert is the key to success in many ventures. Unfortunately, when it comes to engaging with the media, too many leaders assume that their abilities will enable them to shine because, well, they are great, successful, smart people. Media interviews are deceptively easy-looking, and if you do not put in the same thought and preparation into your media engagement as you do other missions, whether the media outlet is positive, neutral, or negative in nature, can leave you with less than desirable results. Here are some pitfalls that we Public Affairs professionals often see, and some advice on how you should approach any interview.
Be Honest With Yourself
Conducting an inter..
When I entered the Foreign Service in 1979, my class of 16 new Public Diplomacy officers was taught to cultivate “the Foreign Service manner,” the habits of diplomacy — listening, accurate reporting, careful speaking, and a certain care in asking questions without an edge. So much of Public Diplomacy is about “telling,” it’s good to