Tools for a more resilient public diplomacy (guest post)

Editor’s note: As a treat for readers of the GD blog, it is a pleasure to present this guest post by colleague and friend Ali Fisher. It approximates a presentation he made via videoconference to my MA class on “Science, Technology, Diplomacy and International Policy” at Ottawa University on October 10.

Towards for a more resilient public diplomacy

With the right tools, smarter networks and collaborative strategies there is potential to deliver a more resilient and sustainable public diplomacy.


  • Public diplomacy is regularly cast as a long term activity, often around building lasting relationships or impact and frequently focused on engaging young people or the ‘next generation’.

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Rejuvenating the diplomats

The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

Guerrilla Diplomat, Daryl Copeland, on the effective use of nation brands in a ‘heteropolar’ world

The rising powers all have different kinds of power, China in manufacturing, India in intellectual services, Russia in energy resources, Europe in “soft” power. Middle powers like Canada and Australia have less relative clout, so must use their ‘brand’ more effectively”


Panel – Redefining the Diplomatic Mission: Implications for Theory and Practice

Friday, February 19, 2010:

International Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 17-20, 2010.
FD55: Friday 3:45 PM ‐ 5:30 PM

Panel – Redefining the Diplomatic Mission: Implications for Theory and Practice

Sponsor(s): Diplomatic Studies

Chair: Kathy R. Fitzpatrick, Quinnipiac University

Disc.: Daryl Copeland, Foreign and International Affairs, Canada
A European Foreign Service: Turning Diplomacy Inside‐Out

Mai’a Keapuolani Davis Cross: University of Southern California

Multilateral Cooperation or Competitive Identity? Public Diplomacy’s Strategic Challenge

Ali R. Fisher: Mappa Mundi Consulting

U.S. Public Diplomacy in Romania: New Strategies for a New Time

Antoneta Vanc: Quinnipiac University

Old Habits Die Hard? U.S. Trade Diplomacy and the New Diplomatic Studies Paradigm

Geoffrey Allen Pigman: Bennington College
Brendan Vickers: Institute for Global Dialogue

Diplomatic Amateurs or Qualified Professionals? Profiling the American Ambassador

Kathy R. Fitzpatrick: Quinnipiac University