Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.
David Satter, a journalist advisor for the BBG’s Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and author of three books on Russia and the Soviet Union, was barred from Russia for five years.
Moscow’s treatment of David Satter could fuel concern about freedom of speech before the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month, although Putin has tried to appease critics by freeing former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and members of the Pussy Riot protest group in the run-up to the Games. “I was expelled from the country,” Satter wrote on his personal website. “This is an ominous precedent for all journalists and for freedom of speech in Russia.” The Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Satter, author of three books on Russia and the Soviet Union, had been prevented from returning to Russia last month after grossly violating visa regulations. In a website entry, he dismissed the official version of events, saying he had followed all instructions, and he blamed the foreign ministry, which handles foreign journalists’ media accreditation, for causing delays that led to his expulsion. [Global Post via PDiN]
M. Laurent Fabius, France’s minister of foreign affairs, spoke to the daily newspaper Les Echos about France’s economic diplomacy.
We’re going to continue our economic diplomacy – which is inseparable from our cultural diplomacy, by the way – and add activities to it, focusing particularly on three high-potential industries: sport, a huge area, for which an experienced ambassador, Jean Lévy, has been appointed; the energy transition, in parallel with the preparation of the global climate conference in Paris at the end of 2015; and finally, tourism, which can be a veritable goldmine of money and jobs. Some concrete examples: France already welcomes 1.2 million Chinese tourists, who spend an average of €1,600 here. If we welcome five million of them in the next few years – it’s within our grasp –, we’ll reduce our trade deficit by about 10%! [Embassy of France in London]
Kim Ghattas, the BBC’s State Department correspondent and author of The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power, spoke at the USC Center of Diplomacy about Clinton’s relationship with public diplomacy.
Optimistic: There is Chinese #SoftPower in #Africa - and it is Rising http://t.co/0EhcQd1AZv by Prof. Bodomo via @TheAfricaDaily #SinoAfrica
— Winslow Robertson (@Winslow_R) January 14, 2014
Culinary Diplomacy is back! Sort of… The blog has switched to more of a round-up of culinary diplomacy news on the web. Here is the latest list.
It’s been far too long since I’ve posted here, so I thought I’d start a new tradition for 2014: a semi-periodic roundup of insightful, relevant, and interesting links (or they may be asinine and irrelevant, but hopefully still interesting). Many of these I’ve tweeted about (@culinarydiplo) but here they are with a little more editorial than the Twittalitarian 140 characters allow. [Culinary Diplomacy]
A little fun ahead of #digitaldiplomacy “Weird Stuff World Leaders Give Each Other” http://t.co/1YlZnDzXK1 ping @sweMFA Reset Button Anyone?
— SIPU International (@SIPUInt) January 15, 2014
Video of Secretary of State John Kerry’s “potato diplomacy” with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lankov.
[email protected]: “The stronger #softpower a country enjoys the more respect&affirmative perception it’ll have abroad” http://t.co/ttsDXP0CFH
— Public Diplomacy, TR (@TROfficeofPD) January 15, 2014
Tom Ashbrook of NPR’s On Point hosted a show on “America’s Cultural Exports Now” with Martha Bayles, author of Through a Screen Darkly: Popular Culture, Public Diplomacy and America’s Image Abroad, and R. Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Tune in to the Golden Globes from anywhere in the world in this age of global media, and you’ll see plenty of glam and smarts – and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler going pretty racy to introduce Leonardo DiCaprio. Tune in to the MTV Video Music Awards from Yemen or Malaysia, and you got near-naked Miley Cyrus in full twerk. In the US, we are inured to the racy and raunchy of our popular culture these days. My guest today says much of the rest of the world is not, and it’s costing us. This hour On Point: The commercial media takeover of American public diplomacy, soft power, and its price. [On Point via John Brown’s Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review]
Come & learn how American museums participate in #CulturalDiplomacy @AAMers: Now accepting fellowships to http://t.co/3ns7c3uLo8 #aam2014”
— USArtsXchanges (@USArtsXchanges) January 14, 2014
The FulBright Program has created a scholarship with mtvU for students to conduct research around an aspect of international music culture.
Up to four Fulbright-mtvU awards will be available. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. Applications will be accepted for any country to which there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Academic and Arts fields. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. Preference will be given to graduating seniors and recent graduates. [Fulbright]
Mexico & Italy agreed to foster technical cooperation on the fields of cultural property & protection of world heritage #CulturalDiplomacy
— Misión de México OI (@MisionMexOI) January 15, 2014
photo credit: John Brown’s Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review, What Africa might look like if it was not colonized