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Traditional patriotism is an outdated concept.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?
George Freeman, descendent of Prime Minister Gladstone and winner of the Grassroot Diplomat Business Driver award, shot to the forefront of attention by championing a new mode of grassroots politics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We talk a lot about building effective relationships based on trust, so let’s start with us. I’ve been working hard in the shadows for some years now but I’ve been coaxed by my team and many of you to come out and be more visible.
Entrepreneurship is seen as one of the most sustainable job generation tools in Africa as one of the key ingredients to addressing youth unemployment in the continent. Yet, not enough is being done by governments to support entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the African market currently dominated by China.
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.
In this podcast, we discuss the freedom to innovate more fluidly as a diplomat working outside of the government in the private sector. The podcast is hosted by Talyn Rahman-Figueroa.
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?
A diplomatic career path is not as clear as a doctor is. Diplomats come from all backgrounds and professions, and through my training with Grassroot Diplomat, I learnt exactly why.
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.
A prime example of discrimination can be found where deeply embedded cultures make discrimination invisible, such as senior political offices held by white males, followed by an inherent need for women or younger people of colour to join.
The lives of other people are in your hands, but higher education has failed to equip international relations practitioners with world skills that make them fit for leading in international relations. Talyn Rahman-Figueroa and Jeannette Viens discuss the challenges of self-development in the field of international relations and how to prepare onself in this career.