Iran turns to Twitter while the U.S. government grinds to a gridlock. We discuss the public diplomacy implications.
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For the week of October 7, 2013
Topic 1: Hassan Rouhani joins the already bustling barrage of world leaders using Twitter, but is this public diplomacy proper?
Does technology persuade? Questioning core assumptions in U.S. public diplomacy (part 1) | The CPD Blog, Craig Hayden
The Tweet Heard Round The World: How 140 Characters did more for Iranian Public Diplomacy than an editorial ever could | The Diplomatist, Evan Carlson
New Diplomatic Avenue Emerges, in 140-Character Bursts | New York Times, Somini Sengupta
Your People Can Tweet My People: Twitter Diplomacy Takes a Step Forward, But Let’s Not Get Too Excited | Huffington Post, Jimmy Leach
Topic 2: How does the government shutdown affect the image/brand of both the U.S. and democracy abroad?
The Shutdown and American Power, Hard and Soft | The National Interest, Paul Pillar
Washington’s rolling seizures short-circuit US soft power | Financial Times, Edward Luce
Will shortened Obama trip to Asia buoy China? | Christian Science Monitor, Ralph Jennings
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