diaspora diplomacy

September 25, 2015

Indian prime ministers have made it a practice to meet Indian communities during their foreign tours for the past two decades, but Modi has made a more concerted effort to harness the energy of the diaspora by holding public meeting like galas in major cities abroad.

Public diplomacy has also been one of the support ways of participation. In fact, making use of the different communication tools like facebook, tweeter and the like social media tools at hand, as well as in face to face communication; The Diaspora has been actively engaged in the public diplomacy campaign. By doing so, they have played their role in reversing the negative, baseless and distorted propaganda of the previous Governors of Egypt on the utilization of the Nile water. 

The U.S. Department of State is proud to announce Global Diaspora Week (GDW) [...] and calls for the Department, organizations, and individuals to participate by hosting diaspora-related events and activities around the world. GDW is held annually to create awareness, enable collaboration and enhance learning amongst those working with diaspora communities in different locations around the world. 

Of all the islands in the Caribbean archipelago, Jamaica is probably the one that is the most effectively branded, Rihanna and Barbados notwithstanding. […] Interesting then, that the island has chosen not to rest on its laurels; rather, it is striving to reinvent itself via the first ever Brand Jamaica Symposium, which was held in July at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

India’s vibrant diaspora could become a core component of foreign policy initiatives. It could be a vehicle of our soft power, writes NK Singh. [...] The initiatives of the ministry of overseas Indian affairs need innovation and restructuring. 

Dozens of high-profile Iranians, many of whom have been jailed in Iran for their political views, launched a video campaign calling on the American people to lobby Congress not to jeopardize the landmark nuclear agreement. 

The Power of the Diaspora Networks conference, highlighted the importance of Ethiopian diaspora networks in promoting trade and investments in the region. Focusing on Jewish  experience, Powers of Diaspora forcefully argues that diasporic communities exercise a distinct form of cultural power in order to maintain powerful networks to empower the Horn of African states.

Indicating a possible shift in government policy toward “emerging” Jewish communities around the world, Israel’s Ministry of the Diaspora has created a new committee to present recommendations on what it defines as “groups with ties to the Jewish people.”