Saturday, November 10, 2012

Glorious Nation of Public Diplomacy

A Man, A Plan, The Dellas, The 'Stans. Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. And the girls are doing Pakistan as well. Yes, I am finally off to play the PD Great Game across Central Asia.  I depart today for Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan-stan ahead of the lovely cultural diplomatesses Della Mae.

A lot of people have asked me how I got so lucky.  Luck comes with a lot of hard work that includes dealing with the visa regimes of Absurdistan and the bureaucratic red tape of certain not-so-Foreign Ministries.

Not to mention staving off parental revolts from understandably-worried parents.  Good public diplomacy is always about listening to valid concerns and acting to show that you sympathize, even if you don't agree.  Yes, Pakistan has a travel warning, but so does Israel and Mexico.   As I mentioned to one mom, the thing she should really be worried about is Kazakhstan winter, not Pakistan travel warnings.

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