Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns has a new paper out on the potential of science diasporas.
Two powerful currents in today’s international landscape present important opportunities for American diplomacy: the unrelenting advance of scientific knowledge and innovation and the ever-thickening web of connections that brings diaspora communities and their homelands closer together. By making the most of these two trends, American diplomacy can accelerate innovation, prove that one nation’s benefit need not be another’s loss, and help our scientists come together to solve the health, environment, and economic challenges no government can solve on its own. [Science & Diplomacy]
Young Kosovars are turning to digital diplomacy as a way to gain recognition for their country.
Digital diplomacy, whereby diplomats engage with citizens, allies, even rivals online to debate and develop policy and respond to events, is a relatively new concept — and one that is re-wiring traditional, often hierarchical authority structures … But today, it is really small nations, particularly new ones struggling for attention, who are beginning to best use the Internet to their advantage. And Kosovo, steered by eager and resourceful young people who are redefining what digital diplomacy can mean, is leading the way. [Foreign Policy]
#Visual representation of #US #media #hegemony> The Global Conversation http://t.co/Kh5H6aPz10 #Socilogy #softpower #propaganda
— Dan Garrett (@DanGarrett97) December 9, 2013
Twiplomacy created a Storify of European politicians tweeting about the protests in Ukraine. Unsurprisingly, Carl Bildt is the dominant voice.
Using #Socialmedia to inform foreign publics #publicdiplomacy http://t.co/QMhTwBY8VR thanks @NeugierigS #Ukraine @EuroMaydan
— Guy Golan (@GuyGolan) December 10, 2013
John Allen Gay looks at the consequences of gay rights as a foreign policy objective with the upcoming Sochi Olympics as a prime example.
This is closely tied to the final point, the practical impact of policy goals like those suggested by Simonyi and Kirchick. If the United States, through legal measures like the Magnitsky Act and through loud public rhetoric, attempts to push other states to become more gay-friendly, will that make life easier or harder for gays in those countries? Will it make their eventual acceptance more or less likely? Audience members at the panel noted that the prospect of Western legal measures is a deeply divisive issue among LGBT activists in Russia for this very reason. [The National Interest]
#NelsonMandela and the power of #sport http://t.co/9d80WCd72j #sportsdiplomacy #Madiba @FBeyondBorders @peaceandsport @powerofsport
— Tamara Juricic (@TamaraJuricic) December 9, 2013
The Economist recently devoted a special report to U.S. foreign policy but failed to consider its diplomatic efforts and the problems surrounding the State Department budget.
Yes, we get the obligatory chart showing the U.S.’s military spending outstripping that of its rivals and partners. But that’s only a small part of the U.S. foreign-policy story. On most days, and in most places, the U.S. is not launching drone strikes or streaming B-52s through the skies. Instead, at more than 300 U.S. diplomatic facilities in more than 190 countries, 11,000-plus U.S. foreign-service employees (not including local hires) are issuing visas, hosting delegations, delivering diplomatic bouquets or brickbats, arranging cultural exchanges, or reporting on everything from business conditions to religious freedom. You’d think that where and how the U.S. spends its diplomatic dollars would be of interest to readers interested in this general topic. [Bloomberg]
Chinese internet delivers measured and entertaining response to Jimmy kimmel “Kill Chinese” skit http://t.co/fIRmo9ckey #PublicDiplomacy
— Jack Zhang (@HanFeiTzu) December 10, 2013
Yelena Osipova digs into the implications behind Russia’s consolidation of its international broadcasting arm.
Today, Russia-watchers woke up to the news that Putin has issued a decree ordering the dissolution of RIA Novosti and Voice of Russia, and establishing - instead - a new media giant to be called “Russia Today” [Rossiya Segodnya] (and this one is different and altogether separate from RT - the TV network - which initially started as “Russia Today” but later formally changed its name to “RT”). The overhaul was not only aimed at these two agencies, which have been there since the early Soviet years. It also affected several other publishing houses and news/wire organizations, and was supposedly aimed at “improving cost-effectiveness and efficiency ahead of budget reductions in 2014 for state-run information resources.” This new Russia Today’s task will be to improve Russia’s image abroad (again?!). [Global Chaos]
Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram – The Growth Of Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] http://t.co/wUCJF7iW4E
— HootSuite University (@HootSuite_U) December 8, 2013
@UNESCO sipping free cup of #Turkish coffee fr @TRcoffeetruck, best #gastrodiplomacy venture! #intangibleheritage http://t.co/3R38vopQQX
— Gastrodiplomacy (@gastrodiplomacy) December 9, 2013