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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”...


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 ...


Russia's Public Diplomacy Discussed in Uppsala University

On February 13, 2015 RIAC Program Director Ivan Timofeev made a speech at Uppsala University (Sweden) at the seminar "Russia's Soft Power and Public Diplomacy". Russian and European experts who participated in the event discussed major global tendencies of public diplomacy development and the Russian expercience in this sphere.


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...


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...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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