Recent developments in U.S.-Iran relations highlight how local diplomacy can bring together the people of Los Angeles and Tehran, writes CPD Research Associate Sohaela Amiri.
The key to better cooperation in the Lake Victoria region might be the promotion of a subnational identity for Islanders.
Without falling into the perils of academic debate, it is safe to say that identity is central to foreign affairs and engagement. Yet, public diplomacy (PD) initiatives often fail to embrace subnational identities. This creates disconnects and gaps between PD and the populations of target audiences.
Derek Bolton urges a focus on subnational groups in the Baltic Sea region and elsewhere.