After the Khobrogade diplomatic dust up, FDA pushback on Indian generic drugs and FAA reprimand of India’s commercial airlines, the United States Government hopes Narenda Modi’s election will open the door to a relationship reset. But without more than a change at the helm of the Indian government, the relationship will continue adrift. The U.S. and India need something bigger to right their footing, and nothing brings countries together like a common, addressable humanitarian crisis that requires mutual cooperation. Stronger relations and lasting benefits would ensue for both countries if they pursued a strategic approach to combat Tuberculosis, a condition where the largest number of new cases resides in India and the highest costs of treatment for resistant cases are in the U.S.
As tensions continue to rise in the East and South China Seas, the Obama administration’s attempts to redefine the balance of power in the Asia is undergoing a rebalancing of its own.
President Obama’s recent commencement speech at West Point (full transcript here) provoked a variety of reactions, but one frequently heard claim is that the President is trying to do too much in terms of diplomacy, stretching too thinly the U.S.’s limited supply of diplomatic capital.
In this premiere interview, Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States, His Excellency Jose L. Cuisia shares with Ambassador Stuart W. Holliday his keys to success in business, politics, and diplomacy; as well as his insights on how the Philippines is able to maintain its position as the fastest growing economy in South East Asia (based on GDP growth rates); thrive after a devastating natural disaster; and provide one of the world’s most talented and versatile workforces. Speaking from Meridian International Center’s campus, just two miles from the White House, Ambassador Cuisia describes how he successfully navigates the complexities of Washington while pursuing his country’s trade, economic, and security agenda, and recommends core skills that leaders must develop for success on the global stage.
When it became independent, Ukraine had the greatest economic prospects of any Soviet Republic. Today it has natural resources most countries would dream of. From vast agricultural production to extraction industries, an educated workforce, warm water ports, an advanced defense industry, pipelines, and energy storage facilities, it boasts a prime location in Europe next to the EU consumer market and Russian sources of energy. Since 1991 Ukraine has been one of the most troubled countries in Europe. After suffering one political crisis after another, it has finally come to a national precipice. Ukraine is bankrupt, internally divided, and in the process of being partitioned by Russia. It is almost miraculous that Ukraine’s politicians were able to do so little with so much; a testament to corruption, incompetence, and weakness.
The Dullard’s Guide to Diplomatic Speechwriting gives an iron formula. After the opening formalities, the speaker includes a positive passage rehearsing “contact between our two countries" down the centuries.
These are exciting days for those of us who teach and practice public diplomacy. Aimed at establishing mutually beneficial relationships between governments (as well as non-governmental organizations) and citizens of foreign nations, our field is viewed as transformative by some, while somewhat idealistic by others. With the stated goal of "winning the hearts and minds" of foreign publics, the U.S. government has invested large sums of money into a variety of international engagement programs.
HE La Celia A. Prince presented her credentials to President George W. Bush on June 6th, 2008. Prior to becoming Ambassador, she served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Washington Embassy from September 2005 until her appointment as Ambassador. She is also her nation’s Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. Prior to her arrival to Washington DC, Ambassador Prince worked in multilateral trade negotiations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Geneva, and Brussels. She is a lawyer by profession, having studied at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus; Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad; and Cambridge University, England. Ambassador Prince is currently the youngest foreign ambassador accredited to and serving in Washington, DC. The Diplomatic Courier caught up with Ambassador Prince to discuss her work, her country, and her experiences as a female ambassador.
Public diplomacy has always been an important tool in communicating a country’s policies, values, and culture. However, the means through which these goals could be achieved considerably changed in the last one hundred years, and politicians as well as scholars have had to face new challenges and adapt to a new media era. The same public diplomacy as we interpret it nowadays was born quite recently, namely with Woodrow Wilson’s “Fourteen Point” speech where diplomacy became exposed to media and, through them, to the wider public—which became an attentive and interested audience. Yet the latter would soon assume a direct active role in diplomatic relations with the wide diffusion of television broadcasts, internet, and especially of social networks. Immediately, questions on the benefit of such exposition raised and debates are still active today. However, it is undeniable that public participation has become a permanent feature of diplomatic negotiations. Politicians have a choice: disregard the current tools as part of a passing trend, or embrace new technologies to further develop communication programs.
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