Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.
David T. Killion, the U.S. Ambassador to the UNESCO, argues that ‘startup diplomacy’ has the potential to be the U.S.’s next great diplomacy tool.
The potential of startup diplomacy, which aims to promote grassroots entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide, stems from three current realities. The first is that, like jazz and hip hop, American entrepreneurship culture has broad global appeal. Entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are veritable superstars in today’s world, inspiring young people from New Delhi to Dakar. The second reality is that the world’s youth population is swelling at a time when its employment opportunities are shrinking; over half of the world’s population is under 25, and youth unemployment is climbing worldwide, reaching 12.6% in 2013, and over 25% in regions such as North Africa and the Middle East. Entrepreneurial skills would help the world’s youth to take their destiny into their own hands and drive economic and social development in their countries and beyond. The third reality that makes startup diplomacy so promising is that many of the global challenges we face in the 21st century - climate change, sustained economic growth, conflict prevention - can only be addressed through creative problem-solving and the empowerment of local communities. This is what entrepreneurship is all about- not just making a quick profit but creating lasting positive change. [Huffington Post]
Turkey, as an emerging middle power, is using humanitarian aid as one of its key public diplomacy tools.
Through these institutions and organizations, Turkey is not only trying to establish herself as a humanitarian assistance provider, but also as a mediator in regional conflicts by operating with regional partners and gradually building trust through local partners. One can argue that Turkey is providing an example of niche diplomacy through humanitarian value-based policies. Indeed, Turkey’s humanitarian rhetoric and value-based policy resembles the notion of ‘niche diplomacy’ that is commonly associated with middle powers. Good will supporting good works and performing good deeds pay off in terms of international prestige where a country is rewarded for its goodness. [The CPD Blog]
According to the U.S. State Department, there will be no repercussions for the Russian diplomats who were organized a scheme to defraud Medicaid in the U.S. Should there be?
President Vladimir Putin’s government must have been shaken by the news, and at least initially worried about how it would affect their interests. But that worry couldn’t have lasted long. When reporters asked the U.S. State Department spokesman about the impact of the scandal, she replied, “We don’t think this should affect our bilateral relationship with Russia. Quite frankly, there are too many important issues we have to work on together.” Well, hold on just a second. [Public Diplomacy Council]
“Eurolution” or #Euromaidan / #Euromaydan is #Ukraine ‘s greatest contribution to bolster #EU pride #publicdiplomacy http://t.co/kBKMrV3Ved
— Zhenia Viatchaninova (@NeugierigS) December 12, 2013
Digital diplomacy does not have a lot of evidence-backed success stories at this point, but Iran’s decision to reengage with the Western world via Twitter is clearly the most significant one to date (even if they are just using it as a megaphone for behind the scene policies).
The emotion was obvious, from the jubilant crowds in the streets of Tehran to the relieved diplomats in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva and beyond. Those who had fervently hoped for a successful outcome to the Geneva talks heaved a sigh of relief as soon as a historic deal had been sealed between Iran and the world powers. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and his P5+1 interlocutors were lauded for their relentless efforts to achieved a consensus. U.S. President Barack Obama also received praise, as his consistent policy on Iran finally began to pay dividends. Yet there is perhaps one more thing to be thankful for: digital diplomacy. [The Diplomat]
Chinese hackers have found the key luring gaining access to foreign ministry databases: promise scandalous photos of alluring women to diplomats.
That calculation is partly why hacking activities on behalf of sovereign nations has skyrocketed. But that increase in hacking has also come with a twist on age-old spy techniques. In a scheme that came to light Tuesday, the computer security firm FireEye revealed that Chinese hackers managed to gain access to the foreign ministry servers of five European countries by sending their diplomats emails with a link that promised to provide naked photos of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. [Foreign Policy]
‘The Selfie’ is all the proof you need that anything passed along through social media is re-framed ad infinitum like some mutinous game of telephone.
I took these photos totally spontaneously, without thinking about what impact they might have. At the time, I thought the world leaders were simply acting like human beings, like me and you. I doubt anyone could have remained totally stony faced for the duration of the ceremony, while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the stadium. For me, the behaviour of these leaders in snapping a selfie seems perfectly natural. I see nothing to complain about, and probably would have done the same in their place. The AFP team worked hard to display the reaction that South African people had for the passing of someone they consider as a father. We moved about 500 pictures, trying to portray their true feelings, and this seemingly trivial image seems to have eclipsed much of this collective work. [AFP]
#CulturalDiplomacy in rising markets to be examined at @usc_uschina @PublicDiplomacy conference in February http://t.co/tAhoU4n296
— Meridian Intl Center (@MeridianIntl) December 11, 2013