Category Archives: Nation/Place Branding
By Andi Baldwin, Public Diplomacy student, Syracuse University Talk about a good way to create buzz about your new show before it premiers: bring Dennis Rodman to the DPRK and party all night with Kim Jong Un—and remind everyone that … Continue reading
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
Last week, Anders Behring Breivik’s trial began on charges of voluntary homicide and committing acts of terror. He gave an account of what went through his head as he set off a bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo, Norway, before slipping away and gunning down teenagers on Utoya Island. In total, 77 people lost their lives on July 22, 2011… Continue reading
Written by Tammy Mehdi Everyone knows the 2006 spoof- film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat Sagdiyev. This film follows Borat, a Kazakh journalist, to the U.S. as … Continue reading
Written by Nadia Hakim The 84th Academy Awards took place this past weekend, and this year’s show demonstrated how the arts continually unite visionaries around the world with novel ways of storytelling. The United States, France, Iran, Sweden, Israel, and … Continue reading
Language: “the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way” (OED), or a system of verbal and nonverbal communicative cues that allow for a mutual exchange of thoughts … Continue reading
Written by Tammy Mehdi I still remember November 2, 2004, as if it was yesterday, everything from the weather down to the clothes I was wearing. That day marked the end of an era – His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin … Continue reading
Written by Kristen Livingston What does “Arab Spring” have in common with “15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car Insurance”? Or “Twitter Revolution” and “American Autumn” with “I’m Lovin’ It” and “ Think Different?” The simple … Continue reading
Written by Su Kim September 23, 2011. A day that that rocked the Middle East and most of the rest of the world. On this day, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas requested to the U.N that Palestine be granted full statehood. … Continue reading
While public diplomacy has emerged as the subject of much attention internationally, Australia appears disengaged from the discussions and Australia’s public diplomacy program appears to be lagging behind. Closer examination of Australia’s public diplomacy program, coordinated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) reveals that public diplomacy is not well understood within bureaucratic and academic circles; is lacking in strategic coordination, and is consistently under-resourced. Indeed, when it comes to Australia’s public diplomacy, it appears that the whole may not be greater than the sum of the parts.
The purpose of this paper is to examine the current understanding and nature of Australia’s public diplomacy program, including key systemic shortcomings, in light of broader international trends and discussions. The paper aims to:
1. build upon a limited body of knowledge around the Australian experience of public diplomacy; and
2. engage Australia in broader scholarly and practice based discussion in an effort to deepen understanding and facilitate a reshaping of the program to better leverage public diplomacy as an instrument of strategic foreign policy.
Keywords: Australia, middle power, foreign policy, public diplomacy Continue reading