Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.
Make sure to follow the USC Public Diplomacy Twitter handle today to follow their annual APDS conference. This year theme is “Public Diplomacy of the Americas.” Here is the schedule.
China responded to the widespread criticism of its lack of humanitarian assistance to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan with an increase in financial aid. Political spats and domestic popular sentiment against providing aid is depressing the amount given, according to experts.
The state news agency, Xinhua, said China would provide $1.4 million in relief supplies, including tents and blankets, on top of $100,000 in cash from the government and another $100,000 from the Chinese Red Cross offered earlier this week … China’s initially modest donation to the Philippines, where a huge international relief effort including deliveries of aid by American soldiers is underway, appeared to be based on the frosty relations between the two countries. In contrast, China pledged $1.5 million to Pakistan, its close ally, after an earthquake killed 500 people in September. Territorial disputes over islands in the South China Sea have poisoned relations between Beijing and Manila since early 2012, and the Philippines is taking its case against China to an international arbitration tribunal. The Philippines angered China this year by accepting a gift of naval vessels from Japan and by supporting Japan’s plans to strengthen its military. Another factor in determining the initial size of the gift was the hostility among Chinese Internet commentators toward foreign aid, and to aid to the Philippines in particular, Chinese experts said. [New York Times]
China’s new total of $1.6 million very close to Ireland’s $1.4 million. #China #softpower #goodneighbors pic.twitter.com/Tzwyt5Z7oq
— China Hands (@chinahands) November 14, 2013
Thanks to an increase of Turkish-owned schools and a new Turkish Chamber of Commerce, Turkey is seeing a boost in cultural exchanges and business ties with the Philippines.
The sociocultural and economic engagement between Turkey and the Philippines could prove to be the beginning of even stronger bilateral relations. For many Filipinos, the introduction of Turkish nationals into the country has helped to counter misconceptions and biases regarding Muslims—those in the Philippines and otherwise. Many in the Philippine academic, business, and political sectors have embraced the effort to promote intercultural dialogue between the two countries, and such dialogue has not only improved educational exchanges but business interactions as well. [Middle East Institute]
Lithuania is promoting shared cultural histories as a means of bring countries in Eastern Europe closer together while presiding over the Council of the European Union.
Countries with a common past have similar interests in the field of culture. This promotes mutual tolerance and a sense of understanding. Officials of such countries start talking about the context of a common past, start thinking about such a present and future which could benefit diplomatically from both countries. Thus a continuation of a common past through culture paves the way for common political goals in the future. This guarantees that the foundations for good relations are based on democratic values. [European Union 2013]
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— Fernando Márquez (@feromalo) November 15, 2013
The small island states experiences the harshest effects of climate change, yet they have the least capacity to conduct climate observations. Potential science diplomacy alert!
Tiny island states that speck the vast swathe of the Pacific Ocean have a far greater importance in understanding global climate change than their tiny populations would suggest. This was the message given to delegates during a side event of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 19th annual meeting in Warsaw today. The delegates from Fiji and Samoa believe their nations do not get the support they need to conduct vital climate observations in the region. [Sci Dev Net]
There are many potential engagement possibilities with North Korea using science diplomacy, and history gives us a proven track record and ways to minimize potential negative consequences.
While the prospects for political engagement with the Kim Jong-un regime may indeed remain bleak, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other opportunities for increased dialogue. One of these is science diplomacy, which enables states to use academic collaborations and scholarly exchanges in politically helpful ways. The virtue of this type of diplomacy, which can focus on solving common environmental, health, energy, and security problems, is the ‘neutral’ political space it provides friends and foes alike. Instead of continuing to trap themselves in mutual competition, they can indeed use science to create shared interests and a common destiny. [ISN ETH Zurich]
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— Gastrodiplomacy (@gastrodiplomacy) November 14, 2013
VOA Director David Ensor delivered the keynote speech at the Public Diplomacy Council’s annual event. Here is the transcript.
What VOA does is to provide news prepared with the goals of accuracy, balance and comprehensiveness. We train and mentor hundreds of journalists. We provide a role model for other journalists struggling to escape from under the thumb of repressive governments. I like to say sometimes that ‘we export the First Amendment’. And when we don’t pull our punches, when we report fully and honestly about our own country, its flaws and controversies — about Watergate, or the NSA and Edward Snowden, or Abu Ghraib — that is when we do the most to build our audience. That is when we build our credibility, and like all media organizations, we are in the credibility business. [Inside VOA]
When American journalists and policymakers need expert analysis on a foreign country, they often turn to U.S.-based think tanks and universities; is this skewing our news?
According to a 2012 study by the University of Pennsylvania, there are at least 1,823 think tanks in the United States, accounting for about one-third of the world total, and many of these organizations provide analysis on foreign countries. And there are hundreds or perhaps thousands of area experts at U.S. colleges and universities who are routinely quoted in the press and sought out by government officials for analysis of key foreign policy issues. But are U.S.-based experts capable of understanding a foreign country the way a native-born resident might? Do the supposedly nonpartisan foreign policy experts have hidden agendas? And are U.S.-based foreign policy experts essentially serving as filters who present international news through an American lens? [The Washington Diplomat]
Could the row over a comedy sketch on the Jimmy Kimmel Show snowball into protests over the opening of a Disney theme park in Shanghai? They are both owned by the same company.
The controversial remark, made by a 6-year-old boy during an unscripted segment meant to satirize the U.S. government shutdown, has sparked protests from the Chinese-American community and calls for the comedian’s resignation. It may also create troubles for Disney – the owner of embattled ABC – as the entertainment behemoth plans an ambitious expansion into mainland China. “If anti-ABC protests in the U.S. turn into anti-Disney protests in China, the bad publicity could spoil the company’s plans to win over Chinese consumers in time for the opening of its newest theme park,” said BusinessWeek. [The Diplomat via PDiN]
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— Dan Garrett (@DanGarrett97) November 14, 2013