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December 5, 2013 6:53 am by: Category: The Daily
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Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.

Dennis Rodman appears to be making good on his citizen diplomacy promises (despite what is actual intentions may be). He will return to North Korea in a couple weeks; this time with other ex-NBA players in tow.

The retired basketball star is headed to the reclusive country for the third time on December 18. He’ll spend several days helping train the North Korean basketball team, which will play at least one exhibition game against former NBA players in January, according to Paddy Power, the UK-based online betting company sponsoring Rodman’s trip. The heavily pierced and tattooed icon will be traveling with a documentary crew, Paddy Power spokesman Rory Scott said … Scott said the names of the former NBA players Rodman has drafted to play in January will be released sometime next week. [CNN]


Here is the first post to a two-part piece on China’s response—or lack thereof—to Typhoon Haiyan and the political reasons that surrounded its choices.

A local Philippine news source reported that throughout the disaster zone, there are many “nations, cultures and flags” including the French, the Japanese, the Turkish, and Doctors Without Borders. The response from these various countries illustrates international cooperation and countries “doing the right thing.” However, missing in action is the region’s giant, China who only initially donated $100,000. Why is China so unsympathetic to the Philippines and how does crisis relief and humanitarian assistance reflect current bilateral relationships? [CPD Blog]



The British ambassador to the Holy See responds to questions asking why the UK needs an embassy if the Holy See is not considered a nation-state.

I would hope that regular readers of my blog or our twitter feed have a pretty good idea by now of what we do and why. My recent note about co-operation with other embassies to the Holy See mentions some of the big ticket foreign policy items on which we are engaged. I think that two events this week also help provide the answer to that question. First, the visit of President Putin to the Holy See. This was a meeting of, according to Forbes magazine, two of the top four most powerful people in the world. [The Irish Catholic]


And in more UK ambassador defenses, the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Madrid argues for his time spent blogging.

I’m still a newcomer to the world of blogging. So I’m particularly grateful to those who have taken the time to read my early blog posts. And thanks also to those following me on Twitter. But one question that has been put to me a few times is: “Why are you bothering? Wouldn’t your time be better spent doing “real diplomacy” rather than messing about on social media?” [Global Conversations]



When upset Polish nationals attempted to storm the Russian Embassy in Warsaw in November, Twitter played an integral role in the response from both countries as well as the media.

On November 11th 2013, on Polish Independence Day, nationalists marched to the Russian Embassy in Warsaw. They set ablaze a Polish guard station and tried to storm the embassy’s gates. The incident could have complicated the already difficult Polish–Russian relationship. It is possible that the two countries’ foreign ministers—Radosław Sikorski and Sergey Lavrov—may have tackled the problem face-to-face during the Asia–Europe Meeting in India, which they both happened to be attending when the incident occurred. But more likely it was Twitter that facilitated the governments to quickly communicate, present their position and influence public opinion. However, traditional media also played a role here, quoting tweets as a news source. [New Eastern Europe]


A new book on Oman’s foreign policy shows a long history of cultural and economic diplomacy derived from the sultanate’s social life.

Their thesis revolves around the theme that “Omani diplomacy derives some of its underlying characteristics and its approach to human interaction from a long history of cosmopolitanism,” which is entirely accurate. To buttress their assertions, the authors provide necessary historical background, focusing on trade relations, the fate of minorities, including powerful Indian merchants, and various incursions into Asia and Africa that fostered successive leaders’ cosmopolitanism. What is remarkable is that they developed much of these global preferences before the Portuguese, French, and finally, British conquests. Based on solid theories, Jones and Ridout define Omani “cultural pluralism” as a feature that “significantly predate[d] the period of European colonial intervention in the Indian Ocean.” [Gulf News]



Taiwan has carved out a niche expertise that attracts countries, multinational corporations and foreign publics alike: recycling.

But the Taiwan Miracle had a dark side – mountains of trash lined the streets and open spaces that weren’t snatched up by manufacturing developers often became landfills or toxic waste dumps. As disgruntled citizens clashed with government officials about how to handle the side effects of rapid industrialization, it seemed that Taiwan had grown too big to exist comfortably on a small island. Now, Taiwan is experiencing a different kind of boom. Recycling firms, which have grown in number from about 100 in the 80s and 90s to more than 2,000 at present, are turning heaps of waste into billions of dollars. [The Diplomat]

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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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