The practices of diplomacy can be extended into how alternative media portrays countries and nationalities. Having a real country feature in a game is a tool of soft power diplomacy that can influence how players see and engage with the country they find themselves in the game, with a subtle push to help them mentally explore outside of their comfort zone and travel the world.
At one point in your career, diplomats will be asked to write cables and note verbale to help aid effective decision-making in their home countries. Well written cables are one way for low-level officials in embassies to make a name for themselves that truly shows diplomacy in action.
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Traditional patriotism is an outdated concept.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?