Shaken and Stirred

This week media speculation was strong that Presidents Obama and Rouhani would share a public moment together at the United Nations to underscore a possible thaw in US-Iran relations. This after US administration officials acknowledged that both leaders had exchanged letters. To paraphrase James Bond, while no hands were shaken, reality was stirred. Secretary of […]

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Cultural Diplomacy is Everybody’s Business

Fifty years ago national governments had an almost exclusive monopoly over diplomacy. Today, diplomacy is a complex matrix of relationships between and among governments, parliamentarians, local and regional government representatives, business and civil society leaders and organizations, academics and students, journalists, artists, and others. What Joseph Nye has termed “soft power” – the need to […]

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Live Your Message

Messages can be transmitted in a number of ways. They can be oral or written, or they can be delivered through actions. Jesus Christ, one of history’s greatest communicators, preached a simple message – love God above all else and your neighbor as yourself. Simple, effective, and powerful. And he lived his message every moment […]

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The Right Stuff

A few weeks ago Canadian Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau told Canadians he had smoked marijuana while sitting as a member of parliament. In many countries this would signal the end of a political career. Yet in Canada, it became yet another watershed moment in the ongoing debate about the legalization of marijuana. This was a […]

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Obama and Hippocrates — First Do No Harm

Language is an effective instrument of war. Language can ratchet up or tone down a crisis, and, in crisis management, it is a powerful weapon to bolster your organization’s credibility and sway public opinion or lose it quickly. Hence a leader or spokesperson must always remember that, in using language as a tool in a […]

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