Our round-up of news, notes, tips, and tweets exhibiting how public diplomacy affects the world each and every day.
John Kerry participated in a town hall hosted and broadcast live by Buzzfeed. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy Richard Stengel introduced him, but they cut that out of the video posted.
A live town hall at 1 p.m. ET, conducted by BuzzFeed’s Foreign Editor Miriam Elder. Kerry will answer questions about the crisis in Ukraine, and America’s role in the world, from Elder and from students at the event. [Buzzfeed]
Wow Rick Stengel has many things to say.
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) March 18, 2014
[email protected] town hall not getting quite the same Buzzfeed reader response as “Dressed Like a Hooker” #publicdiplomacy pic.twitter.com/NdSmJnDGgm
— The Public Diplomat (@Public_Diplomat) March 19, 2014
Nigeria announced a new “soft power” plan that encourages local communities to shun extremism as Boko Haram gains influence in the country. The plan seems to entail more military counterinsurgency than economic development though.
National security adviser Sambo Dasuki said the government was to introduce schemes to encourage local communities to shun extremism as well as “de-radicalise” suspected militants awaiting trial. “It’s a stick and carrot approach… We believe that we can win the war against terror by mobilising our family, cultural, religious and national values,” he told a news conference in Abuja. New tactics were required because the Islamists had infiltrated communities in the remote region, enabling them to spread their message more effectively than the government, he added. [Agence France-Presse]
Similar intra-state soft power plans are being implemented in Pakistan as well:
Bina shah makes a brilliant case here Loved it http://t.co/a25yADh33N #Pakistan #SoftPower #culture #tolerance
— AngryKangri (@angrykangri) March 19, 2014
Here is an interesting analysis of the Persian blogosphere (though slightly dated) that definitely has public diplomacy implications.
Understanding Iran isn’t easy. The definitions and words chosen can quickly demarcate whether writers are aware of the nuances at play within the complex socio-political ecosystem of contemporary Iran. What is a Persian blog? Are the key players inside Iran, or in the diaspora? In this study, as with many before it, Persian blogs are defined as Persian language platforms run by ordinary Iranians, both inside and outside of the country. These platforms have increasingly become Iran’s public sphere, acknowledging that many Iranians have left Iran, and the constraints that often stop Iranians from publicly expressing themselves inside Iran. [Global Voices via John Brown’s Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review]
Peruvian diplomat discusses U.S.-Peru relations at @AU_SIS as part of @SISStudyAbroad‘s #Gastrodiplomacy Series. pic.twitter.com/dpjHMBYJb8
— Jackson Howard (@jacksonohoward) March 18, 2014
looool breaking news from the japanese goverment #softpower #cooljapan pic.twitter.com/fnpih5Kiyw
— 為鈴音 （イライラ） (@eigohanaseru) March 18, 2014