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Brexistentialism for useful innocents

... lifetimes of Kierkegaard, Dostoyevsky, Heidegger, and Nietsche. Western media plays the Putin blame game In a world where Superman, Batman and Jason Bourne represent truth, justice and the American Way, to more and more young Americans, Washington public diplomacy assets have tagged Russian president Vladimir Putin as the leader of a plot to use Brexit as a tool to destabilize the EU. The Express in London and Foreign Policy are saying that Brexit represents a victory for Putin. This view has ...

28.07.2016 07:50:00

Brinkmanship for useful idiots

If remembered at all, the Bavarian G-7 Summit will likely be recalled for the entertainment value it created, offering a platform for the “leader of the free world” to deliver a personal attack on the character of the “leader of the evil empire.” Social media losing credibility as diplomatic tool According to the Guardian, U.S. president Barack Obama “lambasted” Putin. But it was make-believe. This was not a televised debate or an “on the sidelines”...

10.06.2015 10:01:00

Sports Diplomacy. Can Sepp Blatter bring unity to a fractious FIFA?

..., is more influential than any country on Earth and any religion.” Is FIFA's business model too big to fail? Developing a reputation as an “earner” Blatter, unwittingly, has made himself a target for those who are using public diplomacy assets to play the “ethics card” in an effort to link geopolitical issues with football and disrupt FIFA's business model, which they claim remains a cesspool of corruption and bribery. Petro Poroshenko, the pro-Washington ...

04.04.2015 18:30:00

Facebook and “The Decline of Power”... A treatise for useful idiots.

According to Moises Naim, social conversations and the internet of feelings are replacing institutions like the National Security Agency, GCHQ and the Russian Federal Intelligence Service by providing solutions to complex security issues. Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk are replacing Renault-Nissan and Siemens and General Electric, and the equality of languages insures that all nations, ethnic minorities and indigenous groups have an equal voice in the conversation. All of this Naim, the former editor...

26.01.2015 08:26:00

Washington’s Ebola plan creates global sticker shock

A strain of the Ebola virus has killed 5,000 people in a handful of West African nations with Mali the latest addition to the list. Meanwhile, an Ebola strain has spread to the United States, Western Europe and possibly elsewhere. Turning the fear factor into a pandemic greater than Ebola itself, the Washington Post on October 25th, published an article suggesting that Russia and the Soviet Union have manufactured “Ebola” at a secret facility, with the further implication that Russia...

27.10.2014 13:53:00

American sports diplomacy hit by drug investigation

... its reputation. One recent incident involves Aaron Hernandez, a former player on the Super Bowl winning New England Patriots. The owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft, who is also owner of a famous Super Bowl ring that became a sensationalist U.S. public diplomacy vehicle for Russia bashing, was interviewed recently by authorities regarding former player Hernandez, who is accused of committing a double murder that is connected to his use of illegal drugs. Protracted conflict between players and ...

27.07.2014 09:07:00

Islam, the hidden “I” in BRICS

... also noted that the Russian leader remains circumspect about the future of the BRICS. Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov was recently quoted by international news agencies as saying that to manage its global presence Russia needs to spend more money on public diplomacy and public relations. The same can be said for the BRICS. There is a burst of media buzz when the group gets together and puts their BRICS hats on, and then one sees no measurable follow up from the organization. Have the BRICS built ...

14.07.2014 04:38:00

Can Russia help save Peronist Argentina from itself?

... Putin and his team face when they visit Buenos Aires is who is running the show. When she was United States secretary of state Hillary Clinton on more than one occasion questioned the mental health of president Cristina Kirchner and even caused a public diplomacy kerfuffle, implying that Argentina’s president was not a person capable of running the government. Ironically, ABC News and other U.S online and print publications have reported that Ms. Clinton, a leading contender for the Democratic ...

30.06.2014 09:20:00

Pre-Sports Diplomacy. Hockey broke the ice in the Cold War

... competitive athletics could capture the hearts and minds of adversaries who were threatening each other with nuclear war. Thanks to hockey, sports became a vehicle for the nuclear superpowers to project hegemony without casus belli before the concepts of public diplomacy and its adjunct sports diplomacy came on the scene during the early 1960s. That’s the way it was when the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), controlled by William Paley, paid the paltry sum of $50,000 for the rights to televise ...

27.06.2014 03:07:00

Yes we can. Brazil confident about World Cup security

... “Implosion Theory” of economics that posits that nations who spend large sums on social programs are becoming challenged to finance them and will see their economies implode from the burden. Ironically, the Obama administration Cold War-style public diplomacy campaign and some western media assets are saying that the economic sanctions being applied to Russia in connection with Ukraine and Crimea will make the Russian economy become a victim of the "Implosion Theory" too. To this ...

05.06.2014 18:23:00

Predicting critical events, an institutional challenge.

“Close your eyes and you’re not sure if it’s an Israeli or a Saudi speaking.” That’s what Daniel Levy, Middle East director at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), told The New York Times in an article dated March 31st. The ECFR, which has called for a greater role for Al Qaeda in Algeria to “promote democracy,” is funded mainly by George Soros. The New York Times sourced Levy about the latest attempt by Israel and Saudi Arabia to cooperate...

22.05.2014 01:04:00

Containment's Last Hurrah

... involving the Soviet Union and its intelligence apparat. Variants of George Kennan’s containment policy helped define the rules of Cold War engagement on both sides. In February U.S. president Barack Obama named a new undersecretary of state for public diplomacy Richard Stengel, a former managing editor of Time magazine. Since that time, the tenor of U.S. public diplomacy, wittingly, or unwittingly, has taken on a Cold War tone in an effort to energize president Obama’s base and contain ...

27.04.2014 18:46:00

Pugwash… The Contemporary Relevance Of The 1995 Nobel Peace Prize

Pugwash became part of the Cold War realpolitik before the advent of soft power, public diplomacy, the internet and social media. Henry Kissinger was still at Harvard. Robert MacNamara was managing the biggest failure in the history of the Ford Motor Company, the ill-fated Edsel automobile; the highly publicized wunderkind who computerized ...

29.11.2013 03:23:00

FIFA, Iran And The Future Of Sports Diplomacy

... top teams in China. With no turning back on Iran hosting the 2019 FIFA Asian games Blatter’s media team is already shifting the focus to softer issues like Iran admitting women to FIFA football matches. Sports Diplomacy Remains A Side Issue To Public Diplomacy Beyond all of the storytelling and qualitative buzz, the combination of social media and public diplomacy have yet to achieve a substantive, quantifiable record of solidifying democratic institutions in the Arab world, southern Asia and ...

15.11.2013 17:30:00

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