Terraforming Diplomacy: Beijing, Manila and the Scarborough Shoal

Over the last eight years I've commissioned, edited or led a dozen or more research studies and analytical pieces on the South China Sea disputes.   China's assertiveness in the region, and especially the way that it has operationalized its diplomatic and strategic interests over the last two years, have lent considerable urgency to the issue. … Continue reading Terraforming Diplomacy: Beijing, Manila and the Scarborough Shoal

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

No, that's not a joke. This, from the NYT:  OSLO — In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced Friday that it had awarded its annual peace prize to President Obama“for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” less than nine months after he took office. Urmmm.... OK, I guess. Hunh? [UPDATE]: … Continue reading Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Omnivore 05/10/09

What I Saw At the Afghan Elections, Peter W. Galbraith, Washington Post Evaluating Galbraith's Dissent, John Western, Duck of Minerva Security Advisor Calls Troop Increase McChrystal's Opinion, Joseph Berger, New York Times The Distance Between 'We Must' and 'We Can', James Traub, New York Times Who Are "The Deciders"?, David Sirota, Salon Obama Furious at … Continue reading Omnivore 05/10/09

NATO’s Second Life

Thanks to Tim for flagging this juice in his latest Infobore. I've been tracking NATO's public diplomacy engagement with social media for a couple of months (here, here, here, and here), and this is an interesting tweak in the program. Tateru Nino reports via Massively that NATO "is presently seeking tenders for the construction of … Continue reading NATO’s Second Life

NATO’S New Secretary General

Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen took over the reins as NATO Secretary General (SecGen) this past weekend. His social media campaign kicked in, too, with a new video blog, Facebook page (34,000+ fans and counting), and Twitter stream. It's the little things that matter, really: he - or whoever - didn't post to the blog as "Admin" or "PAO" or anyone else, but as Anders Fogh Rasmussen. That doesn't mean he's really doing it himself (although the video part would be part to fake), but at least