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The Daily: For November 5, 2013

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photo credit: photo credit: U.S. Dept. of State: South and Central Asia Bureau / Flickr

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

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh outlined the country’s new foreign policy as marrying value-based foreign affairs to economic diplomacy.

In his address to India’s Heads of Missions (HoM), Singh emphasised on making economic diplomacy a priority and explained how this could bring prosperity to the country. He outlined five principles that defined India’s foreign policy and said “pursuing economic development within the framework of a plural, secular and liberal democracy has inspired people around the world and should continue to do so.” [The Economic Times]


The new U.S. ambassador to Germany holds an hour-long public diplomacy session every week. Lately, he is left apologizing for the NSA.

John B. Emerson has to weigh his words. The American ambassador, who moved into his job at the Pariser Platz in Berlin two months ago, has loaded this Thursday morning at his official residence, operates on a specific occasion for an hour “public diplomacy”, that political public relations, and scatters brave one or the other joke in his remarks. So he says that he is currently waive some politeness to his host country: “I am here to listen” - I’m here to listen - about. Or even: “I can hear you” - I understand you. [Frankfurter Allgemeine (using Google Translator) via John Brown’s Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review]



A question submitted to the Council of Foreign Relations asks, “Does India have an edge over China in its display of its soft power in the world?”

That said, in some instances, India demonstrates an edge over China in the display of soft power. For instance, in Japan, South Korea and the Philippines–where the Pew Research Global Attitudes Project shows strong negative sentiments toward China prevail–India’s strategic use of soft power has supported a foreign policy approach that emphasizes intergovernmental cooperation, negotiated settlements, and economic collaboration. [Council on Foreign Relations]


The increase of Diwali celebrations around the world could be a sign of growing soft power for India. In the U.S., they even established the first-ever Congressional Diwali celebration.

Over two dozen lawmakers gathered on Capitol Hill to light traditional diya as a priest chanted Vedic mantras for the first-ever Congressional Diwali celebration. The event cut across party lines, as attendees were greeted with sweets, red tilak markings for their foreheads, and garlands of jasmine. Though the White House has celebrated Diwali since the George W. Bush era, this was the first time that Congress has observed the holiday, perhaps due in part to the election of the first Hindu Congress member, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) in November 2012. [Huffington Post]



The U.S. Bureau of Energy released a fact sheet detailing American energy diplomacy strategy.

The Bureau of Energy Resources in the U.S. Department of State has released a statement detailing American energy diplomacy strategy for the 21st Century. The policy emphasizes that corporate and citizen diplomacy, in addition to more traditional diplomatic methods, must be integrated to address the crosscutting issues of sustainability and energy security. This model has been implemented through programs such as “Power Africa,” a public-private initiative designed to increase African energy capacity while respecting environmental and social priorities. [CPD Newsroom]


Feng Xiaogang became the first Chinese film director to cement his handprints in front of Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theater.

Chinese film director Feng Xiaogang left his handprint in cement outside the TCL Chinese Theatre on Friday as groups of Chinese onlookers snapped photos of entertainment stars’ names on the Avenue of Stars … Feng’s handprint celebration inaugurated the three-day “Beijing Film Panorama in America” from Friday to Sunday. The TCL Theatre will screen several of his films with English subtitles throughout the festival. [China Daily via PDiN]



The U.S. embassy in Canberra gives away free tickets to Dirty Wars, a documentary critical of the Obama administration, that is being screened at the Canberra International Film Festival.

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked at Wednesday’s press briefing in Washington DC why the embassy was giving away tickets to a film “highly critical of the administration” … “We believe in freedom of speech. We’re not judging or advocating or endorsing any of the movies, but we are just simply encouraging people to participate in the film festival.” [The Canberra Times]

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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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