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The Daily: For November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013 6:49 am by: Category: The Daily
photo credit: AFP via VOA News

photo credit: AFP via VOA News

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

The United States should shift its public diplomacy efforts in the Arab world to focusing on economic diplomacy.

The U.S. State Department’s public diplomacy leadership is turning over, and the new policymakers have a great opportunity to ratchet up the efforts to help stabilize Arab economies. This means helping Arab states redesign their economic infrastructure. Education and the job market must be more tightly linked. Entrepreneurs must be trained in ways to get their efforts off the ground. Regional cooperation must become more sophisticated. American business and education expertise in all these fields would be of enormous help in the troubled region, and without doubt the United States possesses the “people resources” needed for such efforts. [Huffington Post]


What should be the reaction of a public diplomacy diplomat to the Snowden leaks? According to David S. Jackson: investigate, deflect and convict.

So what can those on the front lines of public diplomacy do? … More publicly, meanwhile, three other messages should be made clear. First: Americans value privacy – and not just for ourselves. We are now investigating if there have been abuses, and if so, what we should do to prevent them. Give us some space to do that. Second: Of course we gather information for our own military and economic protection. So does every nation. To fail to do so would be derelict. And third: People who sign oaths to protect classified information will be held to account for breaking those oaths. (If they aren’t, who would dare share intelligence with us?) [Public Diplomacy Council]



China’s attempt to open a Confucius Institute in Vietnam is suffering intense kickback from the public and scholars alike.

A plan to establish an organization that promotes Chinese languages and culture in Vietnam has drawn criticism from Vietnamese scholars, who say Beijing is trying to invade the country with its ideology. The agreement to set up a Confucius Institute in Hanoi was reached during Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s visit to Vietnam this month. The plan has sparked heated debate, however, on social networks in Vietnam. [VOA News]


It is well known that ancient artifacts can be used as cultural diplomacy catalysts, but the Cyrus Cylinder also shows that they can inspire better culture-to-culture relations on their own.

One of the core tenets of public diplomacy is to share values. It is clear from the global public interest in the Cyrus Cylinder, and reverence shown by both Iranians and Israelis for Cyrus, that the Cylinder is the commonality that public diplomacy practitioners seek out and utilize as a jumping-off point for dialogue about international relations. Museums are not only vessels for understanding our ancient history, but also are tools for bridging divides between ancient peoples in modern times. [The CPD Blog]



Taiwan has shifted its foreign policy language away from using “independence” to the more buzzy “soft power,” but does it have the finances to make a strong global push?

Due to its delicate relationship with China, words like “reunification” or “independence” that were often heard during much of the past three decades have been replaced by a term increasingly being used on the global stage: “Soft power” … But, as shown in Beijing’s model, pushing “soft power” without financial incentives appears to have middling effects, especially in Western countries with well-established ideologies and cultural perspectives. And Taiwan’s economy is slowing — Bloomberg reports GDP growth currently at its lowest pace in a year. [Vancouver Sun]


In the midst of departmental furloughs, should the U.S. State Department tighten up the spending around its public diplomacy initiatives?

While Pentagon employees faced furlough and military contractors received pink slips, the State Department continued operating basically as normal. After all, diplomacy is essential stuff, even when the U.S. government is $17 trillion in debt. And while certainly it makes sense to keep essential diplomats at their posts, continue American citizen services, and keep embassies open, it’s long past time the State Department stopped treating public diplomacy as a slush fund to pursue projects that are far from essential. [Commentary]



There is a new book on how the European Union needs to pay more attention to the outside world and the public diplomacy mechanisms available to achieve that.

The EU devotes too little attention to outreach with citizens in other parts of the world. The contributors to this Palgrave-Macmillan book edited by Mai’a Davis Cross and Jan Melissen believe that communicating Europe outside the EU will become increasingly important to Europeans and to business interests. European Public Diplomacy shows how the European region encompasses multiple levels of public diplomacy: subnational, national, transnational and supranational. This new book enhances our understanding through a multifaceted exploration of the European case. In doing so, it fills an important gap in the international relations literature on the mechanisms behind soft power. [Clingendael]


Japan tries sake diplomacy at its UN mission.

Twenty-three sake masters held a tasting event at U.N. headquarters Friday, giving diplomats and their staff a chance to sample various kinds the Japanese liquor often called rice wine. While sampling sakes made by 48 breweries across Japan, some hailed the “sophistication and craftsmanship” used to create the intriguing tastes … The event, cosponsored by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and the Japan Choice Brewing Association, was the first of its kind to be held at U.N. headquarters and was attended by about 200 diplomats and U.N. staff, according to the organizers. [Japan Times via PDiN]




Public diplomacy is highlighted on the South Korean news show Arirang Today.

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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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