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The Daily: Countries are Corporations at Davos

The Daily: Countries are Corporations at Davos

January 23, 2014 6:47 am by: Category: The Daily

Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and Tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.

Foreign Policy’s headline says it all: At Davos, Developing Countries Advertise Themselves More than Companies Do.

As cars slalom through the steep, narrow streets of Davos shuttling world leaders and financiers to and fro, bright banners for South Africa and India stand out against the snowy backdrop, a preview of the parties and exhibitions the countries will host later this week to deliver a simple message: hey world, we’re still here. “South Africa: inspiring new ways,” says one giant poster next to the convention center. Another claims India will have “the world’s largest middle class consumer market by 2030.” Azerbaijan is touting its virtues on the sides of buses. Other countries are hosting government-sponsored parties like Tuesday’s “Korea Night.” [Foreign Policy]


Not sure I really understand it (Diplomap has some presentation kinks to work out), but here is a social network analysis and map of the World Economic Forum at Davos. [Diplomap]



A new academic article in the journal Sport and Society looks at the United Kingdom’s public diplomacy efforts during the London 2012 Olympics.

This article investigates the nature of cosmopolitanism in the production and reception of public diplomacy discourse surrounding London 2012. It focuses on three actors: the UK Government, the International Olympic Committee and the international news media. It finds that UK public diplomacy actors and their partners were focused more on the promotion of a competitive identity, albeit a cosmopolitan one, than engagement. It argues that the cosmopolitanism evident in the discourse was a form of branded cosmopolitanism, and, ultimately, this limited the success of UK public diplomacy in achieving its aims. This style of communication – that was evident across the discourse surrounding London 2012 – was exclusionary of key actors to UK public diplomacy objectives. Applying a form of critical discourse analysis, the ideology surrounding the Olympic ideal is revealed as significant to maintaining uncritical acceptance of exclusions and conspicuous contradictions. [Sport and Society]


Interesting read into China’s pursuit of soft power: the government is not sure how to deal with creativity, so it puts an emphasis on culture.

Circumspect and uncertain about how to deal with ‘creativity’, the state has acted with greater resolution in its focus on culture. Culture is conceived as a public resource and something from which party and nation can derive strength from. The term ‘soft power’ entered the official Chinese lexicon in 2006 when President Hu Jintao, in his address to the 17th Party Congress, called for the need to “bring about a new upsurge in socialist cultural development, stimulate the cultural creativity of the whole nation and enhance culture as part of the soft power of country”. Distinct from the protectionist impulse signified by the debate over ‘national cultural security’ prior to entry into the WTO in 2001, soft power was consistent with the ‘going out strategy’ that Chinese businesses had been encouraged to embark on since the 1990s.



Tanzania discusses a policy that would shift its diplomatic attention from politics to economic and science diplomacy.

A new draft policy that is aimed at creating a stepping stone towards the shift from political to economic diplomacy with an emphasis in science is in the offing. Speaking exclusively with the ‘Daily News,’ the Director General of the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (Costech), Dr Hassan Mshinda, said that in line with this they appointed a National Contact Point coordinator who will act as a go between for researchers and potential funders … He said that it was his conviction that military attaches in embassies were outdated and that there was need to now have envoys with an understanding of science, technology and innovation to be placed in Europe and countries like Japan, India, Malaysia for reasons of partnerships. [All Africa]


Are Turkish dramas a potential global export? (T-dramas?)

Since the middle of the 2000s, Turkish production companies came to the forefront in the production of television programs and became capable to compete in world cinema thanks to its rich content and technical infrastructure. Almost all Turkish television channels broadcast over 100 new productions a year and offer Turkish productions to the audience. The Turkish drama sector, which comes to the forefront in the international market, draws great interest from audiences from all around the world from the Middle East to the Balkans and from Central Asia to South America. Turkish dramas are among the most watched programs in the countries in which they are being broadcast. They also make great contribution to Turkey’s image abroad as a significant tool of “soft power.” []



If you missed the Stockholm Initiative for Digital Diplomacy, here is a handy Storify.

Welcome to the forefront of digital diplomacy! A dozen diplomats from all over the globe are working together with some of the best minds from academia and research, business and the media to produce concrete, feasible solutions for the diplomacy of the future. Spotlights on Stockholm 16-17 January. [Storify]



photo credit: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

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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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