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The Daily: For October 17, 2013

October 17, 2013 6:50 am by: Category: The Daily
photo credit: Iran Pulse

photo credit: Iran Pulse

Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.

For science diplomacy to be more effective, ‘science diplomatic passports’ should be created to  allow for freer movement of scientists across borders, which will lead to more novel international collaborations.

To further catalyze the potential of science diplomacy, states should consider endorsing the idea of “science immunity,” an analogy with diplomatic immunity which I know has so much value from my time as an ambassador. Taking this bold move could lead to the creation of “science diplomatic passports.” This would allow properly accredited researchers to circulate more freely, and without political interference, than is often the case due to restrictive work and travel visa regimes. [CNN]



Iran’s parliament is reaching out to the U.S. Congress to create a “parliamentary friendship,” the first step, they hope, to improved relations.

[Mohammad Reza] Bahonar said, “Parliamentary diplomacy between Iran and America must take shape before official diplomacy.” When asked if the formation of such a group were not a “red line,” he said that one of the weaknesses of the previous administration was that it did not use “public diplomacy,” and that “Official diplomacy has limitations that public diplomacy does not have. Public diplomacy can start with a soccer match, parliamentary consultations or lobbying.” [Iran Pulse]




In the last few years, China’s charm offensive has been very successful at shoring up the image of the Chinese Communist Party at home but failed to improve the country’s image abroad.

Interestingly, the many aspects of Beijing’s international charm offensive that have arguably had limited efficacy among external audiences have nevertheless found public relations success domestically, celebrated as examples of China’s national rejuvenation and growing international clout. The Shanghai 2010 World Expo, for example, despite proving unremarkable as an international event, proved a massive domestic public relations triumph and served up with a thick coating of assumed international prestige to domestic audiences. Despite lively academic and policy debate in China between various definitions of soft power and approaches to public diplomacy, the incumbent approach appears largely set in stone. [CPD Blog]


The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF), an effort to improve U.S.-Russia relations by way of student-based research collaborations, is celebrating its fifth year anniversary.

“I am studying public diplomacy, and exchange programs like SURF are one of the most effective ways of public diplomacy,” Budnitsky says. “Most importantly, students from the American side have the chance to be exposed to Russian expertise and pundits. Likewise, when we Russian students go to Stanford, we will have the chance to hear the American experts, academics and their analysis, thoughts on U.S.-Russia relations — and that’s crucial.” [Russia Beyond the Headlines]



After Egypt’s 6-1 loss to Ghana in the first leg of the African zone playoff for a spot in the 2014 World Cup (meaning that Egypt will have to win by at least 5 points in the final game against Ghana, a very unlikely event), American coach Bob Bradley’s surprising success and popularity in Egypt may be over.

Bradley’s contract is tied to the World Cup cycle but Egyptian media were speculating on Wednesday about a possible rapid departure, even with the return leg in Cairo to come on November 19. The appointment of an American to take charge of the Arab world’s most successful team had been an unlikely match, indicative of an increasingly desperate desire by Egypt to find a solution to their World Cup woes. Despite dominating African football at both national team and cup level, they have failed to reach the finals since their last appearance in Italy in 1990. During that time they have won four African Nations Cup titles. [Al Arabiya via PDiN]



There are about 50,000 Iranians living in Israel today, and many of them remain skeptical about Rouhani and the upcoming nuclear negotiations.

Shfaim is one of about 50,000 Iranians living in Israel, most of whom left Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Many in the Iranian diaspora thought this moment would never come: after more than thirty years, a diplomatic window between the West and the pariah state is “cracking open,” in the words of US Secretary of State John Kerry … In Israel’s Iranian community, many evince a reflexive, dismissive skepticism of Rouhani. Most in the community arrived after 1979, many under treacherous circumstances. [GlobalPost]



In a panel featuring public affairs officers from Sweden, the Netherlands and the U.K., the participants discover a shared notion of nation branding and a struggle to define the effectiveness of public diplomacy.

PDAA President Michael Schneider offered a thumbnail sketch of public diplomacy and introduced the panelists: James Barbour, Press Secretary at the British Embassy; Ilse Van Overveld, Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the Royal Netherlands Embassy; and Gabriella Augustsson, Counselor at the Embassy of Sweden.  It turns out they have a lot in common. [Public Diplomacy Council]

About Michael Ardaiolo

Michael Ardaiolo is currently a student in Syracuse University's Public Diplomacy Master's Program: M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and M.S. in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In addition, he is a recovering record slinger, a Criterion Collection addict, an NBA obsessor, and a struggling student of the Korean language.

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