Tuesday, January 17, 2017

U.S. Embassy in Paraguay: Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program 2017

Ritu Saini, www2.fundsforngos.org

Deadline: 1 February 2017
The Embassy of the United States of America in Paraguay’s Public Diplomacy (PD) section is seeking applications for its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program 2017.
The PD section is seeking to inform and share with audiences in Paraguay about the United States, its culture, society, government, legal, economic, and political systems, and values through programs focusing on the priority areas outlined below.
Funding Priorities
  • Preparing under-served youth to become future leaders within the global economy.
  • Fighting financial corruption and supporting transparency, including through journalism and online platforms.
  • Increasing youth commitment to protecting the environment.
  • Promotion of human rights, especially through the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities, or ethnic minorities.
  • Empowering women and girls to advocate increased rights and opportunity within their communities.
Funding Information
  • Award Period: Up to 27 months
  • Award Amount: A maximum amount per award of $10,000 is available under this program. Similar awards in the past have typically ranged from $3,000 – $10,000.
  • Academic and professional lectures; public seminars and programs clearly linked to one or more of the four funding priorities of this notice.
  • Professional development workshops and training for youth and underserved communities clearly linked to one or more of the four funding priorities of this notice.
  • Professional and academic exchanges that are clearly linked to one or more of the four funding priorities of this notice.
  • Artistic and cultural workshops, joint performances and exhibitions clearly linked to one or more of the four funding priorities of this notice.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Eligibility is limited to not-for-profit organizations subject to 26 U.S.C. 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. tax code or to similar statutes in the Republic of Paraguay such as Civil society organizations, local representatives of civil society, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions located in Paraguay; U.S. not for-profit with a partner in Paraguay.
  • Direct funding for non-U.S. institutions and individuals is available under this announcement.
  • The Public Diplomacy section encourages organizations that have not previously received U.S. Federal Award program funding to apply under this announcement.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit grants proposals electronically via given website.
Eligible Countries: United States and Paraguay
For more information, please visit Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program.

Meet Dina Powell, Ivanka Trump's woman in the White House

Betsy Klein CNN, "Meet Dina Powell, Ivanka Trump's woman in the White House," kmir.com; see also.

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Goldman Sachs executive Dina Habib Powell is joining the Trump administration in a senior role focused on entrepreneurship, economic growth and the empowerment of women.
President-elect Donald Trump's transition Team announced the position for Powell, 43, who previously served in the Bush White House and State Department, confirmed the new position to CNN Wednesday, which was first reported by Politico. ...
At 29, Powell became the youngest-ever assistant to the president for presidential personnel, heading up all of the Bush White House's decisions on appointments. There, she worked alongside Margaret Spellings, then the White House domestic policy adviser, and later, education secretary. ...
Powell was then elevated to the State Department as assistant secretary of state for Educational and Cultural Affairs and deputy undersecretary of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy in 2005.
Her appointment made her a key voice for the Bush administration in the Middle East at a time when the administration was concerned about how the US was communicating with international audiences. ...
Powell also served as right-hand woman to Karen Hughes, then the under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs.
 "I'll never forget, we were meeting with the King of Saudi Arabia. It was our first visit and there was a translator in the room," Hughes recalled. "The King said something and Dina reacted -- I think she laughed -- and I'll never forget the look on the face of the king when he realized this beautiful young woman spoke Arabic. It was a priceless moment." ...

Public Diplomacy and National Security: Lessons Learned for the Next Administration


Upcoming Event

This event will be webcast live on this page.
Please join CSIS's Human Rights Initiative (HRI) and the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) for a conversation with Benjamin Rhodes and James Glassman, moderated by Michael Crowley. The featured guests will discuss key areas of progress that have been made in public diplomacy during the Obama and Bush administrations and the enduring challenges and opportunities that President Trump will inherit.

Before the discussion, HRI and CPD will present their recommendations for ways in which the next administration can strengthen and elevate U.S. public diplomacy over the next four years.

Benjamin K. Rhodes
James K. Glassman
Michael Crowley
CSIS Experts

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ben Rhodes heads to Cuba to sign law

Gabby Morrongiello, washingtonexaminer.com

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White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes is headed to Cuba to finalize an agreement governing joint law enforcement efforts between the U.S. and Castro regime, the Obama administration announced Monday. ...
Rhodes' trip to Cuba in the waning days of Obama's presidency is likely the last he will make as deputy national security adviser. He is expected to deliver his final remarks on Obama's foreign policy and public diplomacy record at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Wednesday.

Ambassadors opine on the art of public diplomacy


As the realm of diplomacy increasingly engages the public at large, culture is being writ large in the vocabulary and method of foreign affairs experts around the globe.

One of the major tasks of diplomats is mastering the art of public diplomacy -- employing the allures of visual art, music, literature and performing arts -- in a world increasingly interconnected culturally, according to Latvian Ambassador to Korea Peteris Vaivars. 

Diplomats, actors and other recipients of the 2017 Korea Image Award pose at the event organized by the Corea Image Communications Institute, Wednesday. (Corea Image Communications Institute)

“It’s impossible to start any business if there is no mutual interest in each other’s culture,” the envoy said at the 2017 Korea Image Award ceremony in Seoul last week. “The interest develops from travel, food, culture and the arts, and thrives into business. Culture cannot exist by itself. It develops by interacting with other cultures.”

The event, which attracted more than 700 opinion leaders, including some 60 ambassadors and diplomats, was organized by the Corea Image Communications Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Korean culture worldwide. 

Noting that traditional Korean culture is much less known in the world compared to its Chinese and Japanese counterparts, Vaivars said Korea could expose different layers of its culture to diverse audiences. 

Latvia, a small Baltic state of 2 million people, has a rich tradition of music and singing, with 3 million folk songs that have been recorded and digitalized, he said. Some are listed as UNESCO World Intangible Heritage, and many Latvian singers perform in metropolitan operas around the globe, the ambassador added. 

As 2018 marks the centennial of Latvia’s republican anniversary, the embassy plans to introduce the country’s music to Korea. 

Latvian Ambassador to Korea Peteris Vaivars (Joel Lee / The Korea Herald)

“Many Thais who don’t speak Korean sing Korean songs by heart and watch Korean dramas and movies,” Thai Ambassador to Korea Sarun Charoensuwan told The Korea Herald. K-pop concerts are sold out in Thailand, he noted, adding that the popularity “must have something to do with the Korean culture’s attractiveness.”

Highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations this year, Charoensuwan said all ASEAN embassies in Korea, in partnership with the ASEAN-Korea Center in Seoul, are planning various culinary, fashion and tourism events to raise the region’s profile here. 

Thai Ambassador to Korea Sarun Charoensuwan (front, third from left) (Joel Lee / The Korea Herald)

Polish Ambassador to Korea Krzysztof Ignacy Majka said Poland and Korea -- both having similar histories of occupation and suffering -- share similar “emotional sensitivities” that manifest themselves in various cultural forms. 

“Geographically we are distant, but our music, literature and sentiments are very similar,” he argued. “I have been trying to understand where such similarities come from. I think they flow from our turbulent histories and from our genuine hearts.”

Polish films, which form a key pillar of European cinema, have gone through different stages since the end of World War II, from reflecting on the war’s origins and horrors to societal reconciliation and progress into the future, according to Majka. 

“My favorite Polish director is Krzysztof Kieslowski (1941-96), who directed classics such as the ‘Three Colors’ trilogy (1993-1994), ‘The Double Life of Veronique’ (1991) and ‘Dekalog’ (1989),” he said. 

“His films are very reflective, not easy ones. You can’t just enjoy them in the cinema and forget later on. They are so deep and penetrating that you always come back to them to try to develop your own understanding.”

By Joel Lee (joel@heraldcorp.com) 

Polish Ambassador to Korea Krzysztof Ignacy Majka (Asan Institute for Policy Studies)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

An urgent State Department makeover

America needs a retooled organization that gets results

By Robert Charles - - Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Washington Times

Image from article, with caption: Fixing the U.S. State Department Illustration by Linas Garsys

Donald Trump and prospective Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have their work cut out for them. Forget the diplomatic challenges from Russia, China, Europe, ISIS and others. Look beyond the confirmation hearings. Look internally — at the State Department itself. The Trump administration will have to both inspire and remake the department, helping it respond to evolving challenges, anticipate new ones and assure accountability.
With fullest respect for State’s Foreign Service Officers and civil servants, the bureaucracy is not yet organized and aligned to address many emerging diplomatic and geopolitical threats. Accountability, particularly of contractors, remains a recurring challenge. Once confirmed, how might a new secretary reconfigure the vital but unwieldy federal department? Here are ... priorities:
Public diplomacy: We need to get public diplomacy right. Recently we have spun our wheels. Lessons from postwar and peacetime periods, World War II through the Cold War, Bill Donovan and Bill Casey through John Kennedy, John Foster Dulles, Ronald Reagan, George Schultz and Colin Powell offer guidance. There is a need for fresh, creative, anticipatory, non-linear, over-the-horizon communication with nations of the world. We must go to them, helping them to understand America’s real heart, identity, ideals, priorities, sacrifices and vision for a stable, democratic, prosperous world. We need to create buy-in. ...

Enhancing Public Diplomacy

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In a more connected world, it is important to project a coherent image of the EU and its core values. This can be done by engaging more effectively with state and non-state partners, as well as consolidating EU public diplomacy efforts such as study exchange networks and youth initiatives. Promoting EU programmes such as Horizon 2020, a multi-billion EU Research and Innovation programme that focuses on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges, is also an important part of EU public diplomacy.