Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy effects the world each and every day.
The ministry of justice of Liberia has given FrontPageAfrica’s Rodney D. Sieh “Compassionate Release” for thirty days.#Liberia
— FrontPageAfrica (@FPAfrica) October 8, 2013
When the US government shuts down, it is important to not only assess the damage to reputation that has with foreign governments in mind but also with foreign publics.
Even more general and harder to measure, but ultimately of high importance, are the effects on attitudes not just of foreign governments but of foreign populations, or at least of elites who are sufficiently aware of what is going on in Washington for it to make any difference in their thinking. At stake is the image and standing of the type of political system that the United States—when it is not crippling itself by shutting down its own government—represents. This in turn is important because it affects the political choices foreigners make and the objectives they seek, especially during times of upheaval such as has prevailed in the Middle East for the past three years. [The National Interest]
Joseph Nye’s influential Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics was just translated into Persian.
The work offers theory and practical examples of the use of soft power in foreign relations of countries and shows how the power can and should be correctly viewed by world leaders … The Persian rendition of the work has been released in the Iranian book market by the Research Institute of Strategic Studies. [Iran Book News Agency]
#Malaysia eyes US$25bil investments from #China in next 5 years | theSundaily http://t.co/MWzMOJcP7z #publicdiplomacy #economicdiplomacy — Soraya Aydin (@soraya_aydin) October 8, 2013
Is China’s reluctance to use its commercial power causing it to miss influential soft power opportunities and thus impeding its rise?
If China does not extend its soft-power reach through commercial means it will be culturally confined by development elsewhere in East and South Asia, and there will be greater danger of China-US tensions evolving into a dramatic new cold war set up, replacing the multipolar world emerging since 1989. There can be little doubt that the absence of Chinese soft-power could spark major global crises in a context of declining US commercial soft power, but continued military dominance. [Taipei Times]
Find out economic benefits of #publicdiplomacy in ur area http://t.co/o5UYgY6N5p Tweet Congress how much #shutdown is costing your community — NCIV (@NCIVNetwork) October 7, 2013
If you can get out to Japan, there will be a public diplomacy symposium in Tokyo on November 5.
On November 5, 2013, the Nippon Communications Foundation and the German Friedreich-Ebert-Stiftung will jointly host their third annual international symposium in Tokyo. This year’s event will explore the importance of a positive international public image to nations today, as well as strategies for building such images. Participants from around the world will offer ideas on the role of public diplomacy in the foreign policies of their own nations. Where has soft power worked, and where it has not? [Nippon]
#Twiplomacy in action? Read @TheEvanCarlson‘s take on #Rouhani‘s twitter presence http://t.co/C21Dnk6Zec #PublicDiplomacy #SocialMedia #Iran
— The Diplomatist (@TheDiplomatist) October 7, 2013
NPR offers a quick overview of US-Iran relations since 1979 and the silence that defines it.
Tension, distrust, hostility: For more than 30 years, those words have described the relationship between Iran and the United States. But there’s one other overriding word to describe it: silence … This apparent milestone in U.S.-Iran relations was big news. The talk between Obama and Rouhani was greeted with great hope — and deep skepticism, born from three decades of bad blood, mistakes and sometimes outright aggression. [NPR via PDiN]
Beyond Cultural Diplomacy: Arts, Policy and Change @WorldPolicy http://t.co/1LpuUXZPgr #culturaldiplomacy
— Sam Kang (강형석) (@shskang) October 7, 2013
Japan is looking to promote genuine exchanges with the ASEAN countries, starting with the proposal to increase the number of native instructors teaching the Japanese language in the region.
An expert panel has proposed increasing the number of Japanese teachers sent abroad to teach the Japanese language as a way of improving relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The proposal is one positive step forward toward a fuller recognition of just how many students in the ASEAN member nations — the Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam — are studying Japanese, and just how vital that is for Japan’s ties with this important region. [Japan Times]
Now Online: Watch a #lecture by @ericjoyce, Member @UKParliament at #London #Arts as #CulturalDiplomacy Conference http://t.co/oxuH3zyt2O
— ICD by Riman Vilnius (@ICD_Newsblog) October 7, 2013
#gastrodiplomacy in #Slovakia rocks! thanx to the project of @slovakspectator and @denniksme http://t.co/kq6Zhw6Ika”
— Barbora Posluch (@BarboraPosluch) October 8, 2013