The migration of ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs) to social media is by no means a new occurrence. Indeed, the Israeli, Swedish, and American MFAs have been active on Twitter for nearly a decade. It may therefore be time to investigate if MFAs have mastered the use of social media to attain diplomatic goals—be it conversing with foreign populations, gathering information on other nations' foreign policies, or narrating a coherent national image. 

WIPO Celebrates Visionary Innovators, by U.S. Mission Geneva

It's time to evaluate how much diplomacy has gone digital.

Witold Waszczykowski’s public diplomacy seeks to explain Poland’s new government to critical world. Witold Waszczykowski, the foreign minister, sought to address concerns voiced in Brussels about judicial independence and media freedom and to win over Berlin and London.

October 18, 2015

The ninth edition of the Delhi International Arts Festival opened with enchanting dance and cultural performances by national and international artistes.  [...] DIAF is seen as India’s signature arts and cultural festival which also provides a significant platform for cultural diplomacy, projecting India as a cultural powerhouse and enhancing diplomatic relations with other countries. 

September 14, 2015

Internationalization of higher education is becoming a new mantra for the Polish government. In June, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education signed an agreement with the UAE to attract more of their students. Poland already has similar agreements with Oman, Malaysia, and China. [...] The point is that there are lots of reasons to internationalize and the rankings are one small part. 

Dzenetta Bogdanowicz has become famous as “the ambassador of the Tatar community”. Serving traditional home cooking, even British Prince Charles stopped by her Tatar house in Kruzniany, a small town in the eastern part of Poland, to get a taste of her famous dishes. [...] “I just want to welcome all people to our home,” Bogdanowicz answered when she was asked why she opened up her house to visitors.

Mexican Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015

Part two of Nicholas J. Cull's look at religion at the 2015 Milan Expo.

This week in public diplomacy, we saw Turkey focus its efforts on cultural diplomacy.