On Diplomacy, of which The Oxford English Dictionary gives credit for its first usage in the modern sense to my alma mater. Thanks Edmund Burke.
"Above all else, diplomacy is a system of communications between strangers."
-James Der Derian, "Diplomacy" in The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World
"An ambassador is an honest man who is sent to lie abroad for the good of his country."
-Sir Henry Wotton, Ambassador of the Court of King James
"Honesty is the best policy...a lie always leaves in its wake a drop of poison."
-Francois de Callieres (d'accord:P)
"Diplomacy is the art of saying nothing very carefully."
-Los Angeles Times Editorial
"[Diplomacy is] the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you find a rock."
"Diplomacy without power is like an orchestra without a score."
-Frederick the Great
"When power and diplomacy fall out of kilter, diplomacy tends toward coercion, propaganda, and intervention. The dialogue of diplomacy then carries the threat of war rather than the promise of peace."
-James Der Derian
On Public Diplomacy, of which my current university constructs and redefines daily. Thanks USC.
"Public Diplomacy is the…projection in the international arena of the values and ideas of the public… The aim of the practice of public diplomacy is not to convince but to communicate, not to declare but to listen. Public diplomacy seeks to build a sphere in which diverse voices can be heard in spite of their various origins, distinct values, and often contradictory interests."
-Prof. Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg Chair Professor of Communication Technology and Society at USC
Meanwhile, change has come to Japan. I wonder if Obama, Japan cast its vote in the same resounding way for the DPJ. The mandarin dinosaurs of the LDP ran their party and country aground one too many times (See under: the PRI of Mexico). Amazing how under-covered the election of the world's second largest economy can be. Ian Baruma of the Guardian made a great point:
The world, fixated on China's rise, was slow to pay attention to this seismic shift in the politics of the globe's second largest economy. Japanese politics has a dull image in the world's press. Most editors, when they cover Japan at all, prefer stories about the zaniness of its popular youth culture, or the wilder shores of Japanese sex.
Be on the lookout for better Japan cultural diplomacy in the future to make the country more visible on the global horizon.
Last note on a great comment by Peru's President Alan Garcia to Hugo Chavez:
Mr. Chávez had previously described the [U.S.-Colombia] accord as a step toward war and had said it involved American designs on Venezuelan oil. He has been threatening to break off diplomatic relations with Colombia.
President Alan García of Peru, who has warm relations with the United States, took a shot at Mr. Chávez, noting Venezuela’s continued willingness to export oil to the United States.
“Man, why are they going to dominate the petroleum if you already sell it all to the United States?” Mr. García said. The remark drew laughter, though not from Mr. Chávez.
Thanks Pres. Garcia for putting that buffoon in his place. Thanks Daniel Drezner for bringing it to my attention.
And while I'm focused down south, an interesting article about the African diaspora in Argentina. Thanks GlobalPost.