July 14, 2014

The current UNO publication, Numero 17, La Nueva Diplomacia, features articles focusing on new diplomacy and international relations, and includes a piece by CPD Director, Jay Wang titled Nation Branding Revisited. Other articles cover topics ranging from Soft Power and Digital Diplomacy to Economic Diplomacy and the role of non-state actors in diplomatic relations.

Burson-Marsteller’s report, Twiplomacy Study 2014, is an annual study that looks at the global use of Twitter by world leaders as they exercise Digital Diplomacy. According to this study, more than half of the world’s foreign ministers from every region of the world and their institutions are active on Twitter. The report discusses how Twitter is fostering "virtual diplomatic networks" as well as social marketing campaigns that rely heavily on Hashtag Diplomacy.

July 3, 2014

Simon Anholt has recently established a new method to evaluate a country's reputation and image. The Good Country Index measures "what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away." Various factors are considered in the evaluation including: science and technology, culture, international peace and security, world order, planet and climate, prosperity and equality, and health and wellbeing. 

On June 26, 2014, Wilton Park published a report on their recent conference, Maximising Soft Power Assets: Towards Prosperity, which was held at the Hacienda Cantalagua, Mexico in May.

The report highlights the following key points of the conference:

In a recent interview with Public Diplomacy Magazine, seven MPD students discuss their research trip to Sao Paolo, Brazil, where they interviewed several of Brazil's non-state actors about international broadcasting, citizen and digital diplomacy.

Bruce Gregory's latest PD reading recommendations from February 4, 2014. Includes publications on engaging the Muslim world, reaching Russians using social diplomacy and the deficiencies in the relationship between international sport and diplomacy.

In "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, And The New Muslim Youth Culture", Hisham Aidi examines the connection between music and political activism among Muslim youth around the globe. 

His book takes us on a musical tour from hip-hop in Brazilian favelas to Gnawa-reggae in North Africa. Aidi highlights the U.S. State Department’s use of hip-hop as a diplomatic tool, sending hip-hop envoys to Muslim countries around the world.