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The Daily: The Buzzfeed Platform

March 19, 2014 6:42 am by: Category: The Daily Leave a comment A+ / A-

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]

 

 

 

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:

 

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]

 

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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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