…perhaps you are looking for research sources? You might find the latest edition of Bruce Gregory’s Public Diplomacy Resources to be helpful, at http://www.gwu.edu/~ipdgc/news/gregory-resources/index.cfm .
This Thursday at 1 pm in SIS 300, Daya Thussu, Indian diplomat, will give a talk on PD around the world. Thussu was recognized at the International Studies Association convention last week with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Communication Division, and is a leading figure in global media and international communication research. You are all encouraged to attend.
Some may be familiar with Stephen Cohen, recently emeritus at NYU and Princeton. I have read him for decades, but in recent weeks find most helpful his commentary on the political turmoil in Ukraine, and Western/Global Northern responses to actions by the Ukrainian and Russian governments. Because we have discussed the PD implications of these dynamics, and some have blogged on the topic, I thought you might like a link: http://jordanrussiacenter.org/author/scohen/ .
As folks who study IR well appreciate, the politics are very complicated. I think that the media that we most tend to turn to (NYT, WP, NPR, WSJ, Economist…) are providing superficial if not inaccurate coverage. Analysts including Cohen are much more reliable sources. Whether, as recent class readings suggest, his blogging will have an effect is another matter, but I am going to turn increasingly to him and other analysts (easy enough to identify via the AU library databases/reference librarian’s help).
For over two decades, a system of layered-to-networked “multi-track” diplomacy has been evolving. The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (http://imtd.org/index.php/about/84-about/131-what-is-multi-track-diplomacy) has been at the center of this important effort, pursuing nine tracks, including peacebuilding through diplomacy between governments and global publics to peacebuilding through media organizations. As I review your first batches of blog posts and peruse the latest issue of IMTD’s online journal (http://www.conflictperspectives.imtd.org/), it strikes me that our frame for global and comparative public diplomacy should include multi-track diplomacy. This system reflects the diversity of diplomacy’s public dimension as well as the increasingly integrative nature of international diplomacy overall.
For this week’s blog post, you have the option of posting here within Blackboard or on the public wordpress.com blog .
Anyone who has already posted on the public blog and wishes to retract their posting can post it within BB, and email me and I will delete it from the blog.
On Wednesday in class we will discuss with our CTRL liaison, Laura March, the issues of privacy and authentic learning via public blogging and the privacy controls available on wordpress.com .