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The Daily: Maduro’s Op-ed Plea

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro tries his hand at mediated public diplomacy: pens an op-ed for the New York Times.

The recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events. Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the grass roots that has ensured that both power and resources are equitably distributed among our people. According to the United Nations, Venezuela has consistently reduced inequality: It now has the lowest income inequality in the region. We have reduced poverty enormously — to 25.4 percent in 2012, on the World Bank’s data, from 49 percent in 1998; in the same period, according to government statistics, extreme poverty diminished to 6 percent from 21 percent. We have created flagship universal health care and education programs, free to our citizens nationwide. We have achieved these feats in large part by using revenue from Venezuelan oil. [New York Times]


Excellent long-read by Gökhan Yücel on Turkey’s digital diplomacy paradox.

Amid such discussions at the global scale, the shutdown of Twitter and Youtube in Turkey raised many questions about the country’s willingness and readiness in this new digital-age world order. I call this the “New Internetional Order.” Unlike the international order based on territorial sovereignty and nation-states, the “internetional” offers a complementary and peaceful co-existence between the physical and virtual worlds through alternative ways of engagement, travelling, communication, trade, diplomacy and education in a predominantly nonhierarchical, borderless and protocol-free media. [Daily Sabah]


@MeetIran is… um… interesting. (No idea if this is an official account or not.)








In a new series on the Center for Public Diplomacy website, “international thought-leaders” will share their public diplomacy experiences. (Good idea, but here’s hoping they rethink the pencil-etching pics  and put the bios up front.) The first in the series features Sir Martin Davidson, the CEO of the British Council since 2007.

I think a key challenge for us is to demonstrate that we are interested in, for example, India, China, Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil, Mexico and Turkey because they are partners for the future. Of course, they are important to the UK economically and from a trade perspective, but also politically, socially, educationally and culturally. The UK is looking for a more rounded relationship with those countries than one purely based around trade. That’s why, for the British Council, our emphasis is on a broad-based relationship with countries. We develop education links which are not just focussed on attracting students to the UK, but also on researcher-to-researcher and institution-to-institution relationships. It is why we have put a particular emphasis on the need for young people in the UK to learn foreign languages, and why we are supporting British students to travel abroad to study and experience other countries. It is why, during the Years of Culture which we co-organise – for example, the UK-Russia Year of Culture which is taking place this year, and the Year of Culture we will run with Mexico in 2015 – it is vitally important that we in Britain see and experience those countries’ cultures, just as much as it is that we present British culture. It’s about genuine reciprocity, of mutual exchange and interest. [CPD Blog]



French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, a popular man in a very (domestically) unpopular government, will be shifting his focus to improving economic diplomacy.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who has stood out in an otherwise unpopular government for his firm handling of international crises, is to take on responsibility for improving the country’s weak trade performance, diplomatic sources said. In a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, Fabius has been handed the task of reducing the trade deficit and developing external business as part of an expanded portfolio to boost growth opportunities overseas, the sources told Reuters. While President Francois Hollande’s ratings are near rock bottom, Fabius has built up his gravitas with France taking a leading role in crises from Mali to Syria. Now he has won the greater economic role for his ministry that he had coveted. “The foreign ministry is the crisis ministry. There’s an economic crisis, a trade deficit crisis and that needs to be resolved,” said an official familiar with the situation. “It’s logical. Economic diplomacy has been his priority.” [Reuters]



For some reason, I don’t think Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s new 460-page book on his foreign travels is going to move the foreign public opinion favorability needle in his favor. Good try though Public Diplomacy Office.

The travels of Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been turned into a 460-page book entitled “A Travel Story” chronicling his trips to 93 countries in the last 11 years. Prepared by the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Office of Public Diplomacy, the book includes around 2,000 photographs depicting a total of 305 trips around the world between 2003 and 2014. The book, which took two years to complete, also details the meetings, ceremonies, conferences, and panels attended by Erdogan as well as various tables, graphs and visuals demonstrating the interest shown in Turkey. [World Bulletin]





photo credit: Owen Freeman / New York Times

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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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