Monday, November 10, 2014

CPD post on Russian PD -- An Introduction

So, I started blogging for USC's Center on Public Diplomacy. The first topic suggestion was a broad introduction to Russian public diplomacy. That's quite a tough task -- describing everything Russia does in one blog post. That is why I ended up with two (which, if you ask me, isn't enough either). They were published almost a week ago, but I wanted to repost here, too, for those who might have missed them (better late than never, right?). As always, would appreciate feedback, comments, suggestions.

Remainders of a November 7 KPRF (Communist Party) march in a nearby metro station (downtown Moscow).

“Russian public diplomacy” may sound like an oxymoron to many in the West these days. But dismissing the entire effort of an increasingly well-oiled state and media machinery as “futile propaganda” does not do Russia justice and, perhaps more importantly, increases the risk that Western governments (and allies) will continue making the same mistakes that have contributed to the rapid escalation of the current international crisis.

Regardless of the ultimate characterization, it is essential for policy and opinion-makers to understand the complexities of the Russian approach to foreign image-making and to be able to respond adequately, if they are to try dissolving some of the tension.

Keep reading here.

Russia’s Public Diplomacy: In Search of Recognition (Part 2)

Russia’s public diplomacy objectives can be categorized into four very broad and rough categories. These categories are not mutually exclusive, and do not follow a particular order of preference or significance. Depending on the specific issue or the intended public, the significance and emphasis of each approach tends to vary.

Read the rest of Part II here.

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