Who is a diplomat in today’s world? The differences between the academic’s and the practitioner’s approach to teaching diplomacy point to some answers

BY DONNA MARIE OGLESBY The concept of diplomacy has long lacked cultural resonance in the United States. The late R. Smith Simpson, a career U.S. Foreign Service officer credited with stimulating the creation of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in 1978, was said to have been an “absolute pit bull” on making …

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In foreign ministries around the world, training is undergoing intensification and expansion

BY KISHAN RANA An interesting new criterion has emerged to assess foreign ministry performance. Some analysts believe that the seriousness and care with which a foreign ministry handles diplomatic training is a powerful proxy indicator of the efficacy of that ministry. Several elements lie behind this. Training represents an investment in the future; like all …

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10 Tips for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

by MARJORIE LEE NORTH North is a consultant for political candidates, physicians, and lawyers, and runs a private practice specializing in public speaking, and executive communication skills. Previously, she was the clinical director in the department of speech and language pathology and audiology at Northeastern University. HERE ARE MY 10 TIPS FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING: 1. Nervousness Is Normal. …

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Lesson Learnt from US on Innovation in Public Policy

Virtually every US administration in the past 40 years has launched initiatives to improve government performance, including those of President Bush and President Clinton. There are five principles that characterize successful public-sector change efforts and can achieve the desired results in their governments. First is to improve performance against agency mission. Public-sector organizations are created …

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Central Asia Regional Developments and Implications for Indonesia’s Interests

  By: Andri Djufri Said, Raden Sigit Witjaksono, Catur Hadianto, Sulaiman Syarif, Edy Wardoyo The Central Asia region is emerging as a notable source of oil and gas for world markets. The U.S. Energy Information Administration has estimated that gas exports from the region could account for 11% of global gas export sales by 2035, …

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