Sunday, October 11, 2009

The PD Theory of Relativity

This is what happens when I am left to my own devices...the Public Diplomacy Theory of Relativity. So if I am christening myself the Einstein of PD, then this is my Southern California Project.

First a remedial course in PD Math that we came up with in Prof. Wiseman's Theories of Diplomacy class:
Domestic Policy + Foreign Policy + Diplomacy = Statecraft; DoPo + FoPo + Diplo + Public Diplomacy = 21st Century Statecraft. But keep in mind that PD is really a force multiplier so it could also read PD Squared. Meanwhile, Intention + Capability = Threat; yet the balance must be calibrated because intention is not of the same value as capability and far too many conflate the two and give equal weight to unequal factors.


Now taking it to the next power, ready....E=PD Squared. The Story of Everything (Thanks, Andrew ala Zero to Infinity) equals public diplomacy squared. Our Guerrilla Diplomacy professor Daryl Copeland pointed out that diplomacy equals the power of influence, so then public diplomacy is influence to the second power. But for all this fuzzy math to work, we need to apply it to a proof, and find absolute PD values and soft power endings.

Case in point of the absolute value of PD comes in Obama's Nobel Prize. Obama is a variable of PD Squared, and its value equals a Nobel Prize (and $1.4 million dollars). Enhanced PD equals hope, change and the admiration of billions around the globe for the United States, as quantified in the Anholt Nation Branding Index. For me, the Anholt Index is proof enough that Obama deserves the Nobel (apparently for Simon as well, as he states on Mountainrunner). Simply put, an America that is re-engaged with the world as a force for peace is easily worth a peace prize by my calculations. Too bad the same people who caused 2 wars, billions of debt and an America minus friends in the world can't seem to add all this up.

Just wait, my next installment will be the Gonzo Diplomacy Manifesto, derived from the Hunter S. Thompson School of International Relations. This may be a joint project with the eminent scholar Michael Hallquist, who is the leading proponent of the Jean-Claude Van Damme Hard Power Theory. He is a Chuck Norris Fellow at the Houston Institute of Azz Kicking, and is working on his PhD on the A-Team and the role of nonstate actors in international relations.

3 comments:

Harry said...

The gonzo school of diplomacy? and a joint project? im on to your tricks...

Paul Rockower said...

Ah, the joy of smart ass little brothers...

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