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New Podcast: Video Game Diplomacy from Street Fighter to Overwatch

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.

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9 Arts of Internal Communication for Diplomats

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.

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New Podcast: Food Diplomacy is Served

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.

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New Podcast: National Versus Ethnic Loyalty in Diplomacy

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?

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Albert Poggio: The Star of Gibraltar

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.

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Baroness Kidron on the Edge of Madness

Baroness Kidron, Director of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, has ventured to the “edge of madness” (so to speak) in attempting to widen the horizons of today’s youth, showing them that ‘film’ means more than the Harry Potter series and that Disney are not the only filmmakers from whom lessons can be learned.

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New Podcast: Alternative Routes to Diplomacy

Diplomacy is one of the most misunderstood professions. Today’s international landscape is far more crowded and having purpose in the choice you make for yourself will better ground you in tough situations. We cannot afford to forget where we come from, whom we serve, and whom we represent.

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Girl, You're Going Rogue!

One of the best comments I ever got when telling people why I never became a diplomat was the statement: “Girl, you’re going rogue!” There are a very high number of people in the corporate world who dream of becoming an Ambassador. In movie-like fashion, they lust after the power of leading negotiations and be given a grand title that is otherwise absent in the world of business.

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Diplomacy isn't Dead After All

The year began with the war in Syria entering its sixth year, the impeachment of South Korean President igniting discussion of its ripple effect to other nations, the warrant of a North Korean diplomat for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam and the worst humanitarian crisis unfolding in Africa. How we respond to these issues will help shape the kind of society and future we wish to have.

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How to Work for a Government You Don’t Agree With

Diplomats will always have a role in representing their national governments, sometimes at the cost of their personal liberty, values, and beliefs. When quitting is not the answer, the other option is to manage the situation without government policies reflecting personally on you. What will you do if you disagree with your government?

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What's in a Name?

After much ardent commitment, Rehman Chishti MP successfully influenced his government to refer to the terrorist group, the so-called Islamic State as “Daesh” as part of daily rhetoric to move away from the peaceful message of Islam.

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