How is it that a simple meal can be an act of diplomacy? Can food really be a catalyst for connection and change at an international level? Are acts of culinary diplomacy at the grassroot level truly that important? Jeannette Viens talks about food diplomacy in this podcast.
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, CEO of Grassroot Diplomat, opens questions about the differences between diplomacy and international relations in our modern age. As I continue to quietly work in the background on my new upcoming books, I’ve struggled a lot with terminologies in which people use ‘diplomacy’ and ‘international relations’ so interchangeably.
Traditional patriotism is an outdated concept. Having national pride is not about earnest parades and ostentatious flag-waving but an indicator of national identity that is very personal and fickle, at most. As nations continue to move forward to a more modern and integrated world, views of nationalism and culture evolves with people and experiences we have with others.
In this new podcast we discuss how are you meant to represent your country when you already feel like an outsider. Is nationality skin deep or just a matter of what you look like on the surface? Are you treated differently because on the surface, you don’t look like you typically comes from your represented country based on historical stereotypes and misconceptions?
Albert Poggio OBE, the Director of Gibraltar House and UK Honorary Representative of Gibraltar, was a Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award Honouree in 2015 for his longstanding commitment to Gibraltar relations. Mr Poggio has spent almost three decades strengthening both political and business ties for Gibraltarians and British citizens alike.
In my last post, I talked about how a civil servant commented that I was going rogue by creating new grounds for diplomacy from the outside. How about if your Head of State went rogue and started to do whatever they wanted to do, completely acting beyond national, party AND the people’s interest?
Frank Field is something of an oddity around Westminster; a social conservative member of the Parliamentary Labour Party, representing Birkenhead since 1979. He is well respected and liked on both sides of the House, at times a vociferous critic of both Conservatives and Labour. In short: there is only one Frank Field.