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Links from Around the Web: Egypt

Links from Around the Web: Egypt

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Rock the Casbah: Rage, Rap & Revolution

Rock the Casbah: Rage, Rap & Revolution

Robin Wright of the US Institute of Peace has a new book on the role of culture in both reflecting and inspiring this year’s uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa. Rock the Casbah, released earlier this month by Simon & Schuster,  

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Aid Britannia: Aspirations vs. Politics

Aid Britannia: Aspirations vs. Politics

 The Economist recently ran an article that highlights the tension between spending on foreign assistance and domestic political support for it.  Prime Minister David Cameron, who ran on a platform supporting more aid and has insulated it from the cuts he has levied on almost every other part ...

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Cultural Diplomacy: Islamic Hip Hop from the US

Cultural Diplomacy: Islamic Hip Hop from the US

  The New York Times recently ran an article on the band Native Deen, which took a State Department sponsored tour of several countries and recently released their latest album. When they were first asked to participate in the first tour they had qualms: “We had a debate ...

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NATO and Libya

NATO and Libya

Sarwar Kashmeri, a senior fellow in the International Security Program of the Atlantic Council and a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, has two recent offerings that give excellent insights into how the Libya operation might affect NATO’s future: 1. A posting on

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Britain's Royal Succession Crisis?

Britain's Royal Succession Crisis?

In honor of today’s royal wedding, I draw to your attention a very interesting article that appeared in one of Canada’s leading newspapers, the Globe and Mail – Britain’s Crisis of Succession: Charles and the Story Behind the Royal Wedding. The article gives us a glimpse into ...

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Links from Around the Web

Links from Around the Web

Public Diplomacy as a Linguistic Phenomenon, by John Brown in the Huffington Post The War on Soft Power, by Joseph Nye in Foreign Policy The West Likes Democracy for Some Arabs, But Not Others, ...

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International Visitors: Citizen Diplomacy as Public Diplomacy

International Visitors: Citizen Diplomacy as Public Diplomacy

Last month BBC New Magazine ran a curious story (here) about the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), calling it “a little-known scheme run by the US State Department [that] has demonstrated an uncanny capacity to pinpoint these leaders-in-waiting.”  Despite the BBC’s assertion, the IVLP ...

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Higher Education and Public Diplomacy

Higher Education and Public Diplomacy

Earlier this month the president of Cornell University, David Skorton, published an excellent essay in the Huffington Post on the role that higher education can – and should – play in public diplomacy (full essay is here).  I have written about ...

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New Journal from Cairo

New Journal from Cairo

The American University in Cairo’s School of Global Affairs and Public policy is coming out with an impressive – and timely – new journal, The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. Here is what they say about the journal’s mission and focus: Its ...

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Links: US-Arab World

Links: US-Arab World

Among all the articles about the Middle East over the past two weeks, these three jumped out at me as being highly relevant for U.S. global engagement strategy. 1. Amid Arab protests, U.S. influence has waned by Liz Sly in the Washington Post.   The old ways won’t ...

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US-Egypt: Use Power Softly and Forget the Stick

US-Egypt: Use Power Softly and Forget the Stick

NOTE:   This post was co-authored by guest blogger, Robert R. Gosende.  Mr. Gosende is a retired Foreign Service Officer who now serves as the John W. Ryan Fellow in International Education at the University at Albany.  He was President Clinton’s Special Envoy ...

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Obama to Engage Africa in 2011

Obama to Engage Africa in 2011

Yesterday the Associated Press ran an interesting article on President Obama’s plans to increase engagement with Africa in 2011. President Barack Obama is quietly but strategically stepping up his outreach to Africa, using this year to increase his engagement with a continent that is personally ...

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Cultural Diplomacy: Jazz Ambassadors

Cultural Diplomacy: Jazz Ambassadors

Last night 60 Minutes (a TV news program in the U.S.) had an excellent two-part presentation on Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) Orchestra.  The followed the band’s trips to London and Havana, where they engaged in cultural ...

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2010: Year in Review

2010: Year in Review

Here are a few items worth reviewing from 2010 and some things to keep an eye on in 2011. Notable Events in 2010: Release of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR): This is the long-awaited (14 months) road map for reform of the State Department and USAID – what they do, ...

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About the Author

James Ketterer
James Ketterer

James Ketterer is Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program. He previously served as Egypt Country Director for AMIDEAST, based in Cairo and before that as Vice Chancellor for Policy & Planning and Deputy Provost at the State University of New York (SUNY). In 2007-2008 he served on the staff of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education. He previously served as Director of the SUNY Center for International Development.

Ketterer has extensive experience in technical assistance for democratization projects, international education, legislative development, elections, and policy analysis – with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. He has won and overseen projects funded by USAID, the Department for International Development (UK), the World Bank and the US State Department. He served on the National Security Council staff at the White House, as a policy analyst at the New York State Senate, a project officer with the Center for Legislative Development at the University at Albany, and as an international election specialist for the United Nations, the African-American Institute, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He is currently a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association and has also held teaching positions in international politics at the New School for Social Research, Bard College, State University of New York at New Paltz, the University at Albany, Russell Sage College, and the College of Saint Rose.

Ketterer has lectured and written extensively on various issues for publications including the Washington Post, Middle East Report, the Washington Times, the Albany Times Union, and the Journal of Legislative Studies. He was a Boren National Security Educational Program Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and in Morocco, an International Graduate Rotary Scholar at the Bourguiba School of Languages in Tunisia, and studied Arabic at the King Fahd Advanced School of Translation in Morocco. He received his education at Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Fordham University.

Areas of focus: Public Diplomacy; Middle East; Africa; US Foreign Policy

Contributor to: Global Engagement

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