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Countering disinformation through public diplomacy's communication strategies.

Stockholm Terrorist Attack Memorial

James Pamment on why Sweden needs to show "its human side, warts and all."

Boris Johnson

On Boris Johnson and Britain's post-Brexit soft power.

Sustainable Energy

James Pamment issues a call to action for public diplomats.

Foreign Secretary William Hague with UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

James Pamment reviews the British Foreign Secretary's PD legacy 

Having recently returned from the International Studies Association (ISA) conference in Toronto, I wanted to share some thoughts with the PD community, and particularly the scholars who for some reason or other couldn’t attend. For those who aren’t familiar, ISA is the major annual conference where PD scholars convene, particularly through the International Communication (ICOMM) and Diplomatic Studies divisions. ISA has around 5,000 participants, of which the regular faces working on PD comprise of less than one percent.

Here’s some news that will probably get buried amid the debates on Syria in the House of Representatives today. The Swedish Migration Board earlier announced that all Syrian refugees will be granted permanent residence. This means that the 8,000 Syrians who have currently been granted asylum on a temporary basis, together with any of the millions of currently displaced Syrians who can make it to Sweden, will be able to settle there and bring their families.

Huffington Post readers may be familiar with Arianna Huffington’s campaign to redefine success away from the two metrics of money and power toward a third which includes well-being, wisdom, and our ability to wonder and give back. The old, masculine signifiers of success lead to burnout, sleep deprivation and general grumpiness. Businesses should instead take care of their workforce, and indeed encourage their workers to take care of themselves.

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