Bruce Gregory’s Latest List of Essential Reading
Dec 20, 2012
The newest edition of Bruce Gregory's List of Essential Reading includes books, articles, websites, and blogs that cover a wide range of topics such as diplomacy and public diplomacy in the 21st century, international educational exchanges, soft and smart power, and place branding.
Futures for Diplomacy: Integrative Diplomacy for the 21st Century, The Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, Report No. 1, written by Brian Hocking, Jan Melissen, Shaun Riordan, and Paul Sharp takes a fresh and comprehensive look at "the puzzles surrounding, and challenges confronting, contemporary diplomacy." Their goal is to go beyond familiar arguments regarding the state of diplomacy -- e.g., multiple stakeholders, managing networks, and the centrality of public diplomacy -- "to consider what kind of overall image of diplomacy in the early 21st century they present and their implications for its future development." The paper offers a framework of "integrative diplomacy" in which foreign ministries act in national diplomatic systems and diplomats "increasingly function as facilitators and social entrepreneurs."
Of note is the newest issue of Global Asia, A Journal of the East Asia Foundation, Volume 7, Number 3, Fall 2012: “Soft Power, Smart Power and Public Diplomacy in Asia,” Articles in this edition of Global Asia examine ways in which Asian countries and Asia as a region are “deeply engaged in the projection of soft power” -- and how they are adopting and adapting soft power and public diplomacy concepts and terms.
Also of interest is the U.S. Department of Education's report Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement. In its "first-ever fully articulated international strategy," the Department advances two strategic goals: strengthen U.S. education and advance US international priorities. The strategy assumes traditional reading, writing, mathematics and science skills are no longer sufficient. Rather, "an effective domestic education agenda must address global needs and trends and aim to develop a globally competent citizenry." The strategy discusses integrated and coordinated activities and programs intended to achieve three objectives: (1) increase global competencies, (2) learn from others, and (3) engage in education diplomacy.
As well, Gregory highlights an homage to the late Dave Brubeck as well as a call for more music diplomacy by Stephen Walt on Foreign Policy titled "Music hath charms . . . but we don't use it (updated)." Walt laments the death of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, reflects on his impact as an American cultural ambassador, and observes the U.S. is not using "A-list musicians" in today's cultural diplomacy.
To view the complete version if Bruce Gregory's Reading List: Public Diplomacy Books, Articles & Websites #63, click here.