Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.
Russia’s antithetical “culinary diplomacy” receives some kickback when Moldovan journalist painted the outgoing czar with local wine, which he banned while in office.
Moscow’s controversial chief medical officer Gennady Onishchenko was associated with banning food and wine from countries that displeased the Kremlin. And tiny Moldova often suffered from this “culinary diplomacy”, seeing the main Russian market for its wine cut off on vague health grounds whenever the two countries fell out. But Onischenko faces an uncertain future after being shunted aside, as the Moscow Times reports, and journalist Vasile Botnaru in the Moldovan capital Chisinau cracked open a bottle of local red to mark his downfall. [BBC]
A new book on the Egyptian media provides analysis of the important writers, broadcasters, and entrepreneurs that are influencing contemporary society.
A new book by Naomi Sakr, Transformations in Egyptian Journalism (I.B. Tauris, 2013), should be required reading for American public diplomacy specialists who want to engage Egyptians through the media. Bilingual Sakr, a media policy professor at the University of Westminster and director of its CAMRI Arab Media Centre, draws on new research and decades’ experience tracking Arab media trends to offer a readout on how Egyptian journalists and their employers have been struggling and coping yet also innovating since the 2011 revolution. For those who believe that part of America’s public diplomacy strategy in Egypt should involve supporting indigenous media that share American values, Sakr’s book provides guidance on whom to engage and what types of support they need most. [CPD Blog]
US diplomacy: How come everyone’s mad at us? Commentary: http://t.co/qWAyHTslV9
— GlobalPost (@GlobalPost) October 26, 2013
Move over Bill Bradley, American Dan Gaspar is the goalkeeping coach for the Iranian national team.
One American enjoys a unique view of life in Iran – from the sidelines of Tehran’s main soccer stadium typically packed with more than 100,000 screaming fans. Dan Gaspar, 58, is the assistant coach of the Iranian national soccer team … Gaspar’s role could take on increased significance next year, if U.S. plans bear fruit to host Iran in a World Cup warm-up game on U.S. soil. “Talks are only at a preliminary stage at the moment, but there appears to be a genuine interest on both sides to make this match to become a reality,” he said. [NBC News]
From independence to pandas: shifts in Chinese #publicdiplomacy | The World Outline http://t.co/t9wcQoP3PK
— IPDGC (@IPDGC) October 26, 2013
One would think that Shanghai, a multicultural city of 23 million, would not have trouble generating soft power, but, apparently, a group of 500 corporate honchos and delegates think they need to devise a plan themselves to boost it.
Top figures from some of the world’s leading corporations will gather in Shanghai today and brainstorm on how to enhance the city’s competitiveness in soft power … Around 500 foreign and Chinese delegates will take part in today’s forum, including consul generals, senior government officials, heads of major state-owned companies, as well as top private businesses. [Shanghai Daily]
An accompanying opinion piece argues for Shanghai to strike out on its own course to improve its soft power prospects.
Shanghai’s future shines brilliantly, given its own dynamic economy and the larger Chinese economy of which it is a critical part. However, as China’s most prosperous city, Shanghai should not be afraid to strike out on its own or, more accurately, to define the terms of its development in its own way and according to its own history and understanding of its future. Precisely because Shanghai is Shanghai, with its own history and expectations for the future, it should avoid mechanically emulating other cities, which invariably have both a very different urban experience and an equally different trajectory into the future. [Shanghai Daily]
Ahmed Rock, @TheBiggBoy, is a rap-tivist and pioneer of the Egyptian hip-hop scene: http://t.co/eoFM0J25WG cc @1beatmusic #CulturalDiplomacy
— Exchange Programs (@ECAatState) October 27, 2013
Japan and Turkey are looking to speed up an economic diplomacy deal that involves the exporting of nuclear reactors to Turkey, a central pillar to Japan’s new growth strategy.
Abe stressed the importance of “securing and promoting national interest through summit diplomacy” as he sought the opposition camp’s understanding of his absence during Diet deliberations on major bills. In a planned meeting Tuesday in Istanbul, Abe and Erdogan are expected to call for speeding up negotiations for construction of nuclear reactors in Turkey in line with the bilateral nuclear accord. [Global Post]
After a year-and-a-half boycott, Israel will renew its cooperation with the United Nations’ Human Rights Council.
The prime minster decided to renew ties with the UN Human Rights Council in light of pressure applied by the governments of America and Germany. On Sunday morning, Haaretz published the text of a letter sent by German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle to Netanyahu, saying that failure to appear at the hearing would cause severe diplomatic damage to Israel, and that its allies around the world would be hard-pressed to help it. In recent weeks, Israel has been approached by a slew of nations including Australia, Canada, the United States, Spain, France and Germany, with requests that it participate in the hearing, according to a senior Israeli official. The issue was also raised during a discussion between Netanyahu and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York a few weeks ago. [Haaretz via PDiN]
#Softpower Japan’s Influence in the Middle East http://t.co/FeVoFqfepX via @HuffPostWorld
— competenceRH (@competencerh2) October 26, 2013
Taiwan developed a youth program that sends college students to missions across the world to present aspects of Taiwanese culture as well as learn songs and dances from the host country.
A group of Taiwanese college students that previously joined a government-run youth ambassador program yesterday presented the results they achieved during their just-concluded trips around the world at a presentation in Taipei. During the presentation, joined by diplomatic missions in Taiwan, participants of the International Youth Ambassador Exchange Program performed songs and dances they learned on their recently concluded overseas journeys. [The China Post]
Interesting talk on post-Benghazi public diplomacy on Nov. 5 if you are in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering will outline public diplomacy challenges following the incident last year in Benghazi, Libya in the third annual Walter Roberts Lecture, presented by the Walter Roberts Endowment and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication … Ambassador Pickering plans to discuss public diplomacy challenges in a time of protest and upheaval, digital media, and emerging competitors to America’s pre-eminence on the world stage, particularly in light of the incident in Benghazi, Libya. Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, will serve as moderator. [PublicDiplomacy.org]