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The Daily: The Erdogan Hologram Edition

The Daily: The Erdogan Hologram Edition

January 30, 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.

So this may not be exactly public diplomacy, but seriously, are you going to complain about this being the lead story? Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addressed a crowd by hologram last weekend.

Forget video conferencing — when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan couldn’t make it to a recent party meeting, he addressed the crowd by projecting a 10-foot-tall hologram of himself into the sky. A green-tinged image of the prime minister flickered into view above the meeting in Izmir on Jan. 26, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. Erdogan proceeded to give local mayoral candidates a pep talk amid allegations of corruption in the municipality, according to the newspaper. (Erdogan is also facing accusations of graft). [Huffington Post]



Article in Foreign Policy urges the Obama administration to rethink the ways it engages with foreign publics.

Relations between states are still important, but so too are America’s relations with foreign publics. Nonstate actors such as private voluntary organizations, think tanks, religious institutions, and universities are now important players in international affairs. Wars between states have become rare, while wars within states are now much more common. Traditional diplomacy focuses on communicating with sovereign governments, while 21st-century diplomacy focuses on ensuring that governments represent their people. Today, conventional diplomatic and foreign assistance institutions in the United States have fallen short in six specific areas that are vital in a world in which states are less important and publics more important. [Foreign Policy]


Interesting ways foreign government intervention in Ukraine is being framed by opposing sides.

Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the European Union on Tuesday for sending high-level delegations to Ukraine during its anti-government protests, saying that could be interpreted as political interference. Speaking at the conclusion of an EU-Russia summit in Brussels, he said: “I can imagine the reaction of our European partners if, in the midst of a crisis in Greece or any other country, our foreign minister would come to an anti-European rally and would urge people to do something.” [AP]


One of China’s biggest sports stars, Li Na, did not thank the motherland after winning the Australian Open; state-run media opted to leverage the win regardless.

The independent path Li has taken since 2008 did not stop China’s official news outlets from seeking some credit for her most recent triumph. The state-run Global Times emphasized that there were no hard feelings: “Whether or not Li Na said that she ‘thanks the motherland,’ she’s still Chinese,” the paper wrote. “Her success itself is the best thanks, the best way to give back to the motherland.” This success, Xinhua argued, “would not have been possible without her time on the national team.” [Foreign Policy]



Two new case studies focusing on Britain’s international broadcasting and its effect on British diplomacy were just released by USC’s Center for Public Diplomacy.

I argue that this may not necessarily be the case. Through forensic scrutiny of the BBC’s history and structure, we shall see how its much-vaunted and jealously-guarded editorial independence plays an important public diplomacy role in generating soft power — a role that pre-dates government involvement and that, given the rise of the BBC’s international commercial services, does not depend on government funding. Yet, at the same time, that very independence may actually make the BBC an active, if unwitting, tool of British public diplomacy. [Center for Public Diplomacy]



The Australia Network, the Australian government’s international broadcasting arm, may be left on the cutting room floor after the upcoming springs budget.

It has been difficult for successive governments to embrace international broadcasting as a useful (and for Australia, almost its only) public diplomacy tool. International broadcasters such as the Australia Network can help win over foreign publics in ways that support the national interest.  As a tool of public diplomacy, international broadcasters can inform the public in other countries about a nation’s values, political systems, people, lifestyles and businesses. For Australia, public diplomacy helps ease the way for Australia to conduct its foreign affairs, and promotes Australia as a place to visit and invest in. [The Interpreter]



Deep read into Turkey’s religious outreach in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The collapse of the USSR has resulted in a broad-based Islamic Revival in post-Soviet countries as well as a growing competition between different Islamic movements for influence in the CAC. Since many of these movements enjoy state support, including from Iran and Saudi Arabia, the religious competition has also been deeply cultural and political. Turkish groups have been among the most successful in the predominately Turkic countries of the CAC. This analysis looks at the two most important Turkish trends in the CAC: the Diyanet and the Hizmet movement, that is, the representatives of the Turkish State and the followers of the very famous Turkish thinker and spiritual leader, Fethullah Gülen. Turkey’s greatest influence among the Turkic populations of the post-Soviet world derives not from their common ethno-linguistic roots, but from the success of Turkey’s religious outreach. [Carnegie]






photo credit: Huffington Post

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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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