Remember a few articles ago, I was challenging the differences between the role of international relations and diplomacy? I admit it was a moment of personal crisis. I suddenly felt lost, not knowing what my core focus should be. I was stretched in so many different directions with bold and beautiful ideas, I was only making myself work harder every day, instead of thinking and working smarter.
The assumption that people in leadership positions are male is a big problem in the diplomatic field. Women have to try a lot harder to be successful for half the reward and that is the reality of patriarchy. Grassroot Diplomat CEO Talyn Rahman-Figueroa highlights key points of gender inequality to her new book “Women in Diplomacy” and sheds some light on the challenges of women face in the diplomatic field.
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.