Along with China’s increasing involvement in the international community, city diplomacy has become one of the most important elements that determine China’s future position in the world.
John Hudson/Foreign Policy
For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January.
Marc Sabbagh/Diplomatic Courier
The internet is making it more difficult to “control, alternate, and delete” U.S. foreign policy.
Office of the Spokesperson/U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced today that youth and coaches from Brazil will be in Chicago, Illinois this week for a sports exchange program.
Public diplomacy and public education, together with sound policy, give us a model for success. Using Facebook, Twitter, public service advertisements, the media, celebrity interviews, videos and classroom teaching, we can martial the forces to convince consumers that buying products that come from slaughtered elephants or harpooned sharks is simply wrong and dangerous.
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Sports diplomacy is a common form of public diplomacy, and has long been used to bridge tense relations between international powers. Even when countries have cool relations, sports teams can be utilized to connect to foreign publics.
As North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons program and adopts an increasingly belligerent rhetoric one must ask: can the U.S. make effective use of public diplomacy to thaw tensions with North Korea? If so, what are the barriers to public diplomacy that the U.S. has to overcome to increase its outreach inside North Korea?