“Literature and art in the DPRK perform a mission as a textbook for life that educates the popular masses in a revolutionary way and inspire them for creative labor and as a weapon for struggle.”
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American Music Abroad 2012-2013 - Paul Rockower, PD News–CPD Blog, USC Center on Public Diplomacy: "The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich contributions to the global music scene as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connections to global audiences. Today, American Voices is proud to administer the American Music Abroad program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for the 2012-2013 touring season.... As part of the American Music Abroad program, the Department of State and American Voices will create a series of international musical exchange tours.
American Music Abroad website." Image from American Voices website, with caption: CoCo York Sings Traditional Song The Flower Girl of Kabul in Dari with Aman Yosufi, Afghanistan
Sundance Institute Returns From Presenting Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue In China: U.S. Embassy in Beijing and CNEX Collaborate with FILM FORWARD Initiative for Second Year Free Public Screenings of Six Films in Beijing and Kunming - sundance.org: "FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue, an initiative of Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, took place in China March 14-22, 2012. In collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and CNEX, a Chinese non-profit organization devoted to the production and promotion of documentaries related to the Chinese people, FILM FORWARD presented screenings of six films as well as personal appearances and workshops with filmmakers from two of the titles at a variety of community locations in Beijing and Kunming, China. ... U.S. Embassy in China[:] The U.S. Embassy in China is dedicated to achieve a dynamic public diplomacy, people-to-people exchanges, and other programs designed to support the development of civil society, promote religious freedom, and improve policies to protect the unique languages, cultures and religions of China’s ethnic minorities. In conjunction, the U.S. Embassy collaborates and coordinates with various U.S. Consulates throughout China to promote educational and cultural exchanges with local partners."
'Gifts of the Sultan' exhibition made whole — in Qatar: "The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts exhibition was diminished by Russia's ban on art and artifacts loans to American museums. A LACMA team helped set up Qatar show - Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times - "The Los Angeles County Museum of Art finally has fulfilled the vision it had for its biggest foray into Islamic art — a goal thwarted until now by the government of the Russian Federation. The only problem is that Angelenos would have to travel more than 8,000 miles to see it. In 'Gifts of the Sultan: the Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts,' now on view in Doha, the capital of Qatar, art that Islamic rulers had sent long ago to the czarist courts are finally on display — courtesy of the State Hermitage Museum and National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg, and the Kremlin Museum in Moscow. Russia's ban on art and artifacts loans to American museums forced LACMA to exhibit a somewhat diminished version of the show. Both in L.A. and at its next stop, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, about 30 works that Russian museums had agreed to lend to the exhibition before the ban never went on display.
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US Karabakh Foundation discusses Azerbaijan’s cultural diplomacy - news.az: "Azerbaijani Ambassador to the US Elin Suleymanov has given a speech about the cultural diplomacy of Azerbaijani in its foreign policy at the Karabakh Foundation operating in Washington. He said Azerbaijan should be introduced in the first place in order to reach goals in foreign policy, Gun.Az reported. According to the ambassador, its culture is meant to introduce it. The culture of Azerbaijan reflects its society, geography, tolerance and ethnic diversity, in order words, everything. Every direction of the cultural policy strengthened after the country gained independence.
A Mecca in London - Huma Yusuf, New York Times: "As a frequent visitor to the British Museum, I can attest that its vast
Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) Sign Strategic Partnership with British Council and Pave the Way for Greater Cultural Collaboration (4 April 2012): ADMAF’s drive for Cultural Diplomacy gains major traction in securing key international partnerships - abudhabicityguide.com: "As the Abu Dhabi Festival 2012 draws to a close plans are being set in motion for future collaborations, to ensure momentum is sustained after the Festival finishes. At the Emirates Palace today the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural and educational relations, signed a Letter of Cooperation with Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF). The Letter of Cooperation, which will strengthen the ties of cultural diplomacy between the UAE and UK, was officially signed by Mrs. Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation and Sir Vernon Ellis, Chairman of the British Council."
Newsline: Libyan embassy retains DC lobbying firm - diplomaticbriefing.wordpress.com: The first Washington firm to sign up with the Libyan rebels during the successful revolution against Moammar Gadhafi will no longer be working for free. The Harbour Group has signed a new $15,000-per-month contract with the Embassy of Libya, according to documents the firm has filed with the Justice Department. The agreement is set to run from March 1 to the end of the year. Richard Mintz, managing director of the public-relations firm, told The Hill that he and others at the firm are eager to help Libya transition toward democracy. 'We are proud to have played a modest role in helping the Libyan opposition to replace 40 years of dictatorial rule.
UAE to turn force of public opinion against piracy - Gulf News, posted at worldwide-nubians.org: "The past few months have been marked by continual progress on all fronts for the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and its working groups, assistant foreign minister for security and military affairs Fares Al Mazroui told delegates at the 11th plenary meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy of the Coast of Somalia in New York yesterday. ... The first key priority that the UAE has set out to achieve through its leadership of the plenary is the raising of awareness and public diplomacy measures, especially in the region, Al Mazroui said in opening remarks at the meeting."
Rogozin’s travails in Moldova - Nicu Popescu, blogs.euobserver.com: "Brussels might have started to get used to the sharp-tongued former Russian ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin, but Moldova is only in the early stages of doing so. After a stint in Brussels, Rogozin moved back to Moscow last December to be appointed deputy prime-minister in charge of the military-industrial complex.
called Moldova a ‘hencoop’ on his twitter account. ... Rogozin is a symptom not a cause of what might come in Russian foreign policy. But ultimately, his ‘in-your-face’ and often intimidating negotiations style is often self-defeating. As a Brussels observer said about Rogozin’s stint in Brussels: ‘everything anyone told Rogozin Immediately ended on Twitter. In the end, people stopped talking to him in confidence. Anyway, Rogozin’s 'public diplomacy' actually undermined Russia’s policy on NATO.’ It might be the same on Moldova." Image from, with caption: Dmitry Rogozin holding Kalashnikov Assault Rifle
Lessons on corporate communication in China - Adminrynappty, Singapore Property Market Highlights: "[C]orporate communications activities are still in the early stages of sophistication, even among multinational companies. They are at earlier states for Chinese companies operating internationally. China is now investing to improve its global communication. Its recent initiatives include the setting-up of a public diplomacy research center; producing national image publicity films and running Confucius institutes worldwide. It has gone far beyond using panda and ping pong diplomacy to burnish its image. However, it still has a lot of work to do, and the same goes for companies operating in China."
Chinese soft power: Libya and Syria - Public Diplomacy and International Communications: Thoughts and comments about public diplomacy, soft power and international communications by Gary Rawnsley: "[I]t is possible that China's decision to abstain in the vote on Libya damaged its soft power capacity: China's behaviour was not consistent with Chinese foreign policy values and principles. Moreover, China's soft power
NBC's "once trusted newsman" Tom Brokaw gets heat for his appearance on CCTV's The Heat - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting
Public Diplomacy and the Resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: An Interview with Dr. Susan Allen Nan, Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University - ada.edu.az: "Professor Nan: People-to-people diplomacy plays different functions at different stages of conflict. In the period prior to a political agreement, people-to-people diplomacy can lay the groundwork that will allow an eventual political agreement to be successfully implemented at a later stage. Track two diplomacy can engage civil society in discussions that will open more people to supporting an eventual agreement. Furthermore, track two can bring together people who may later need to work together on the details of implementing an agreement. ... I am
MFA makes recommendations on Jewish refugees - jewishrefugees.blogspot.com: "Following yesterday's momentous conference on Jewish refugees, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a report. [Among] its Summary and Recommendations: ... g. During the peace negotiations (with the Palestinians or Arab countries) the demand for financial compensation for both Palestinian and Jewish refugees should be raised.
Language Use in Digital Diplomacy Via Social Media - mediabadger.com: "In our research projects in the use of social media in Public Diplomacy and Digital Diplomacy, we’ve noted some interesting aspects around what language people will use in their primary communications. This is important, as what language is being used in a social media channel can be a prime indicator of “who” a message or communication is aimed at. For example, with the
Marketing to the US Market: Implement a Greater Successful Strategic Public Relations Campaign Paradigm - k2globalcommunicationsllc.wordpress.com: "Our national, state/province, municipal government, travel-tourism-hospitality, culture, product and service clients
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LONDON-BASED STUDENTS ON PUBLIC/CULTURAL DIPLOMACY
The Failure of USA Public Diplomacy in the Post – Cold War Era - arjur, Public and Cultural Diplomacy 4: A group blog by students at London Metropolitan University: "The public diplomacy has a unique feature to shape opinions of foreign public audiences and to create receptive environment for a state’s foreign policy goals among them. While the use of hard power strengthens the feelings of revenge and hatre[d] among public, ... smart public diplomacy may promote peaceful cooperation. The US military campaign in Afghanistan and persisting negative perceptions of USA worldwide, and especially in the Arab world suggests that the state has failed to use the potential of soft power. ... In order to shape positive image of USA and Western world , words are no less important than actions. In 1930’s [the] Roos[e]velt administration realised that 'America’s security depended on its ability to speak to and to win support from other countries” (Nye, 101, 2004). As a result in [...]stitutions, responsible for public diplomacy were established; Radio American Voice [Voice of America] and Radio Free Europe were set up. After 9/11 G.W. Bush attempted to revive this policy, but he failed. Firstly, G.W. Bush Administration’s public diplomacy was based on counterpropaganda (Hofman, 85, 2002). However, propaganda may have been effective in the Cold War era, but not in 'the age of information' anymore. Secondly, President’s words differed from his actions (hard power).
A Report Review. VOICES OF AMERICA: U.S. PUBLIC DIPLOMACY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. Author: Kristin M. Lord) - joo0284, Public and Cultural Diplomacy 6: A group blog by students at London Metropolitan University: "Unless America talk[s] to all people including terrorists the efforts the country is putting in its public and cultural diplomacy, as depicted in the report under review, will be futile."
How to Spot Citizen Diplomacy - narinehgh, Public and Cultural Diplomacy 3: A group blog by students at London Metropolitan University: "Citizen diplomacy is the concept that an individual has the right, possibly even responsibility, to help shape their country’s foreign relations, and promote their nation. These individuals can be anyone from a student, teacher, tourist and so on. There is no limitation to who can be a citizen diplomat.
Celebrity activism: a curse or a cure? - Public and Cultural Diplomacy 1: A group blog by students at London Metropolitan University: "Whilst there are huge disagreements between people in regards to the need for, the effectiveness of, and the legitimacy of citizen diplomacy, it seems inappropriate to simply write it off and disregard [...] its potential. However ... there are some clear areas of concerns that need to be considered when discussing the role that celebrities should play in the field of diplomacy. When a certain group of people gains more power and influence in international politics, it should be accompanied with a certain degree of accountability and responsibility as well – it is time we start requiring this."
Should the U.S. Leave Afghanistan Now? - Room for Debate, New York Times: More than two-thirds of Americans in a recent New York Times poll said the
massacre tied to an Army sergeant, and riots set off by the burning of Korans by American forces, should the United States stick with its plan to keep troops in place until 2014, or should it withdraw as quickly as possible? The Lesson of Vietnam: Out Now: Chris Mason, Center for Advanced Defense Studies; Afghan Leaders and Troops Need Time: Kori Schake, Hoover Institution; Dark Days If the U.S. Left Now: Fawzia Koofi, Afghan presidential candidate; Outsiders Can’t Defeat the Taliban: Elaheh Rostami-Povey, scholar; Don’t Prolong the Inevitable: Stephen M. Walt, Harvard University; History Favors More Time: Christopher Paul, Rand Corporation; Al Qaeda Allies Remain Strong: Frederick W. Kagan, American Enterprise Institute; Some Troops Will Stay Past 2014: Andrew Exum, Center for a New American Security. Image from
Saving lives in Syria: Bashar Assad has reneged on similar commitments. The Western and Arab nations that have pushed for political change in Syria can continue to pursue that objective, but the urgent imperative is an end to the killing - Editorial latimes.com: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that there would be "serious consequences" if violence by the Assad regime continued. If by serious consequences, she means progressively punitive sanctions and continued diplomatic isolation, her warning is appropriate. But the U.S. should not threaten, let alone carry out, military intervention in Syria, nor should it aid Syrian rebels. We worry that the provision even of satellite technology might be the first step down that path. This country can be a friend to Syria without taking up — or providing — arms. The United States has learned in recent years that military intervention can have unforeseen and undesirable consequences.
Arab journalist writes that "people have started relying more on western media" due to Arab news channels' selective coverage - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting
The nuclear countdown in Iran: For more than two years, experts have been saying that the Islamic Republic is about 18 months from being able to build a bomb - Doyle McManus, latimes.com: Neither the United States nor Israel admit that they are behind a sabotage campaign that has made Iran's nuclear centrifuges unreliable, its computer software buggy and its precision steel defective. And the Obama administration has condemned the assassination plots, presumably the work of Israel, that have killed at least four Iranian nuclear scientists.
Report: First phase of Iran's domestic "halal" internet to be introduced by 21 May - Kim Andrew Elliott reporting on International Broadcasting
Baseless propaganda against Iran - Mohammad Jamil, pakobserver.net: Both United States and Western Media have unleashed propaganda against Iran for having developed nuclear devices, and are making perpetual announcements that Tel Aviv might attack Iran on the pretext that Iran has nuclear weapons. The charge is baseless and frivolous.
Reckoning with Russia - Patricia H. Kushlis, Whirled View: Putin – in good Russian paranoid fashion – seemingly sees Western pro-democracy support for honest elections as directly aimed at his demise whether, in fact, that is its goal or not.
Azerbaijani leader turned Euronest into platform of anti-Armenian propaganda – Armenian delegate - news.am: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev used tough and insulting wordings referring to the Karabakh issue in his address to the participants of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly held in Baku on Tuesday. Head of the Armenian delegation to Euronest PA Vahan Hovhannisyan filed a complaint regarding Aliyev’s statement. The document says Hovhannisyan was trying to warn all the Bureau members against Azerbaijan’s attempts to use the Assembly as a platform for anti-Armenian propaganda stunt. “Unfortunately, in Baku we witnessed the forecasts were true: the Euronest PA has become an arena for anti-Armenian propaganda based on dishonest reading of history and one-sided interpretation of the international law.
Behind the Headlines, ‘Orphan’ Explores Fictional North Korea [review of "The Orphan Master's Son" by Adam Johnson (Random House] - Rebecca J. Mazur, Harvard Crimson: In “The Orphan Master’s Son,” Adam Johnson masterfully portrays the difficulties of living in a society whose self-perception is in itself a work of fiction, where truth is ultimately as elusive as the fate of the protagonist Pak Jun Do’s kidnapped mother. In the harsh world of North Korea, however, Jun Do’s personal development often comes across as one-dimensional and emotionally unsatisfying; overall, though, Johnson includes a variety
Soviet Propaganda as Art, Pedro Brull, Opera Madness: Culture Worth the Miles - Josh Garrick, flaglerlive.com: Darker Shades of Red: Soviet Propaganda from the Cold War will open the season at the Polasek Museum in Winter Park on September 27. Always bold and strikingly graphic in its socialist agenda, the collection reveals the political ideology of the Soviet Union from the mid 1940’s to 1990.
Internet Freedom Starts at Home: The United States needs to practice what it preaches online - - Rebecca MacKinnon, foreignpolicy.com: More than two years after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her first speech declaring "Internet freedom" to be a major component of
FrInom tracking al-Qaeda to tracking the wayward spouse - Dana Milbank, Washington Post: International Surveillance Technology is selling hidden cameras and audio recorders in alarm clocks, iPod docks, water coolers and suitcases. Among government security agencies, “there’s nobody who isn’t buying this,” said chief executive Donald DiFrisco. “Imagine:
hookers in a hotel room with a clock radio.” That’s the homeland security mission creep: from Osama bin Laden to hookers in hotels. Image (1976) from
ONE MORE QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
"Our picture of the universe has probably changed more in the lifetime of an octogenarian today than in all of human history."
--Cosmologist Lawrence M. Krauss, "A universe without purpose: New revelations in science have shown what a strange and remarkable universe we live in," Los Angeles Times. Below image from