Monthly Archives: July 2012

‘sup, Diplomacy? – World Edition: Nika Ankou

Written by Nika Ankou, master’s candidate in the Public Diplomacy Program at Syracuse University.

I remember having heard as a first public diplomacy graduate that my degree is a gateway to unlimited career opportunities. I was advised to be flexible and open-minded. However, I would have never imagined working for a company that specializes in digital-game based learning…. Continue reading

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Creative Cooperation in Cannes

Written by Heather Cosson, master’s candidate in the Public Diplomacy Program at Syracuse University.

This summer, I attended the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France. Through Newhouse and SU Study Abroad, five students attended Cannes Lions to learn about how to use the newest trends in digital marketing and social media to reach international audiences. Students were chosen for their knowledge and passion in utilizing digital technology and social media platforms to communicate internationally.
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Discussing Aurora and Terrorism

On July 20, 2012 Jesse Holmes entered a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, releasing tear gas and shooting into the audience. He killed 12 people and injured 58 others. The shooting spree was planned and Holmes’ apartment contained trip-wires attached to grenades and 10 gallons of gasoline. Continue reading

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‘sup Diplomacy? – World Edition: Fiona Cotton

Written by Fiona Cotton, master’s candidate in the Public Diplomacy Program at Syracuse University. – This summer I have had the opportunity to intern at Kenexa China, located in Shanghai. Kenexa China is part of a global human resources solutions … Continue reading

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Canada: The Strong, Silent Type

Written by Blake Stilwell, master’s candidate in the Public Diplomacy Program at Syracuse University. – This article is Pro-Canada. See? That being said, our neighbors to the North have an image problem. Have they done anything wrong? Lord, no. the … Continue reading

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Olives and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In the classroom and news, everyone talks and reads about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, but there is no textbook or feature story that can completely prepare you mentally, as an outsider. You are able to feel the bullet holes along the sides of the buildings, and you meet so many people who lost their fathers, brothers, and friends to the conflict. Continue reading

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Diplomacy at Home: Holding Down the Fort

Written by Kelli Cooney, Master’s Candidate in the Public Diplomacy Program at Syracuse University. – My public diplomacy efforts this summer are focused on Asia, the Middle East, South and Central America, some Caribbean Islands, West, East and Central Africa … Continue reading

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A luta continua: Against poverty, hunger, and HIV/AIDS in Mozambique

As a summer intern with the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, I have had the opportunity to see and do quite a bit in just my first month. Assigned to the Political/Economic Section, I am at the heart of the Embassy. The Political/Economic Section functions as sort of a “right hand” of the Ambassador and her Executive Office. Continue reading

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The P-Word: Palestine as a State

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently added the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to its World Heritage List, with a vote of 13 to 6 at the World Heritage Committee meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. The church is heralded as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and is located in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Continue reading

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What’s Trending at Nike/Converse in Singapore

Having spent the first of three months in Singapore for my summer internship with Nike/Converse, I am at the brink of assimilation into a very unique and diverse culture. Given the demographic breakdown in Singapore of which Chinese are the majority but Malay, Indian and Filipinos are virtually omnipresent, it is still a struggle to decipher locals from ex-patriots. The ability to embrace a multicultural society while keeping the local population happy has enabled Singapore to reach the success realized today… Continue reading

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