Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.
Iran’s chief negotiator was displeased with the change of narrative surrounding the P5+1 talks in Geneva, so he turned to Twitter.
Shortly after these remarks were reported, Iran’s chief negotiator, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, pushed back on Twitter, claiming that the draft proposal from the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany, known as the P5+1, changed drastically after the French intervention on Saturday, as the Guardian diplomatic correspondent Julian Borger reported … Just to make sure that his message was heard, however, Mr. Zarif addressed the secretary of state by title in a follow-up missive, in which he also appeared to complain about public comments from Mr. Fabius disparaging an early draft of the deal as “a fool’s bargain.” [The Lede]
Denmark has seen a boost in its soft power returns lately thanks to its globally popular TV dramas, The Killing and Borgen.
Denmark’s award-winning cultural export, Borgen, is back on our screens for a second series following the fortunes of its fictional female Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg. Denmark need never resort to hard power again – its cultural warriors are doing just fine in their campaign to take Danish values and stories to the world … The successes of Borgen and The Killing were no accident. The producers consciously sought to professionalise the way the public broadcaster told Danish stories. Twenty years ago you couldn’t find a Danish TV series that rated a mention overseas. Then DR staff decided to get serious – and went to Hollywood. [The Conversation]
[Today in PD] Imagine the Tweets During the Cuban Missile Crisis http://t.co/EzOoTc9fNO #publicdiplomacy
— USC Public Diplomacy (@PublicDiplomacy) November 13, 2013
Tanzania announced an aggressive economic diplomacy agenda as its new foreign policy direction.
Dr Kamala said, among other things, economic diplomacy calls for strengthening the country’s economy by using diplomatic initiatives such as attracting investments, increasing exports and promoting tourism … “We want to strengthen business relations with many countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas for our mutual benefit,” he said. He explained that his embassy in Brussels is in the final stages of preparing a strategic plan on how they will implement the government’s new foreign policy and that they plan to bring 100 businessmen every year. [Daily News]
Talking the future of #publicdiplomacy w/ @_KatherineBrown @macon44 & others at #pdcfallforum pic.twitter.com/e0hJlDwIpR
— IPDGC (@IPDGC) November 12, 2013
Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the U.S., lists her four lessons learned from working in the government.
The last lesson I learned is that to LEAD, you also have to FOLLOW, and listen carefully to those journeying with you or behind you. And that how as leaders in an organization we are role models and we need to be as diverse in our skill sets, knowledge and experiences as possible. We have to set good professional and personal standards. In government, I found the near obsession with the crisis of the day, with the flooded inbox, the fires to put out now, and not pay attention to the brief flicker of a coming flame. We get so caught up in the work of the day, that yesterday is so long ago, and tomorrow not even possible to ponder. So I try to be thoughtful about lessons learned from the past, and to be learned in the future. [Take Five]
ICYMI from @BrookingsInst: We’re badly positioned for the rise of local power in China & India. http://t.co/6jvG1ma8Vo #PublicDiplomacy
— SU Public Diplomacy (@suPD) November 12, 2013
Three years after women played a central role in the Arab Spring, women’s rights in effected nations have remained constricted.
Almost three years after popular uprisings toppled autocratic leaders in one of the most conservative corners of the world, a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll on 22 Arab states showed three out of five Arab Spring countries in the bottom five states for women’s rights. Egypt emerged as the worst country to be a woman in the Arab world today, followed closely by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Egypt scored badly in almost every category, including gender violence, reproductive rights, treatment of women in the family and their inclusion in politics and the economy. [New York Times via PDiN]
#publicdiplomacy needs a strong theoretical foundation on which to build things like methods, metrics, goals, objectives, etc. #pdcfallforum
— Ryan J. Suto (@RyanJSuto) November 12, 2013
U.S. universities saw an increase of 7.2% in international students. Inside Higher Ed delves deeper into the data.
Rajika Bhandari, IIE’s deputy vice president for research and evaluation, noted that the growth in international students is particularly striking in that it is of an across-the-board nature: the top 10 states that host international students all saw increases, as did all 20 of the top institutions hosting international students. [Inside Higher Ed]
@ianbremmer @Public_Diplomat Plus: US $20m UK $16m Japan $10m Plus navy and air support…
— Anthony Deos (@asdeos) November 13, 2013
For a country like #China that cares so much about #softpower, intimidating journalists is really not a clever move: http://t.co/9rTThoaQ8B
— Florian Schneider (@schneiderfa77) November 12, 2013