Can the US government genuinely engage with foreign public?

Comor&Bean state that the American government’s embrace of engagement in PD is delusional because it is virtually an “effort at manipulation” to get foreign audience empathize with American policies, rather than “genuine dialogue.” They suggest the government revise this to “a rhetorical approach based on ethical communication,” which gives people “the right and prospective ability […]

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What is “neutrality”? How does it play in cultural diplomacy context?

Last month, I participated a symposium organized by arts management students’ group, and attended a break-out session “Arts&Diplomacy.” During the session, the panel speakers from Meridian International Center and CompanyE, both non-governmental/non-profit organizations that create cultural exchange/diplomacy programs, emphasized “neutrality” as one of their strengths. I’ve become interested in this word and what it exactly means. In […]

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Setting conditions for cultural exchange?

I found this article by Seiichi Kondo, the former Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan, about his view about cultural diplomacy. He was the first diplomat who turned into the commissioner, and had also worked as the first Director-General at Department of Public Diplomacy in Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kondo states that […]

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Backyard Diplomacy in Kenya

Jointly organized by the German Embassy, the Local Community Festival Committee, National Museums of Kenya and Private Safaris, the Lake Turkanan Festival has been held in Loiyangalani, Kenya on an annual basis since 2008 when it was proposed by the local community. Kenya is highly ethnically and culturally diverse: they have 42 different ethnic communities, […]

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Conflict Kitchen: Dialogue Through Food

This is a very interesting TED talk about “gastrodiplomacy,” cultural diplomacy through a country’s culinary delights. Among the several gastrodiplomacy examples she raised during the lecture, I’d like to focus here on “Conflict Kitchen.” Conflict Kitchen is a takeout restaurant in Pittsburg, which only serves food from countries that the United Stated is in conflict […]

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Transforming Arms into Art

Transforming Arms into Art Throne of weapons. © Kester 2004 After the Mozambique civil war, millions of weapons left in the country. In 1995, the Christian Council of Mozambique started Transforming Arms into Tools project, which offered people farming equipment and tools in exchange for guns. Then a group of Mozambican artists turned them into […]

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