Breakout

  Breakout   Many watched the Republican candidates debate on August 6, drawn in by the “Donald” effect. Yet if “The Donald” surprised, it was the fact that he refused to pledge not to run as a third party candidate should he not win the Republican nomination.   Let’s see if this costs him politically, since his […]

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Dear Hillary

Dear Hillary,   I have been meaning to write to you for some time, concerned that your campaign may not be going according to plan.   Back in 2007 you were seen as a shoe-in for the Democratic nomination. Yet there seemed to be a soupçon of controversy about your career to that date, and an […]

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Dear Donald

Dear Donald,   I have wanted to write this letter ever since you started your political campaign.   First of all, you have the world’s attention.   But do you have enough votes to win?   You have the media enthralled and are leaving the other candidates out of the media limelight.   Yet if […]

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Judgment

In the pursuit of power, words and judgment matter.   Last week former Governor and current Republican candidate Mike Huckabee said that President Obama was leading “Israelis to the door of the ovens”, referring to the nuclear deal with Iran. This attempt to wrest some media space from Donald Trump – the current Republican front […]

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Hillary and The Donald

Last week CNN presented a study in contrasts.   Hillary Clinton was interviewed on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by Brianna Keilar, and Donald Trump one day later by Anderson Cooper. Different in styles and messages, they both showed how not to behave in an interview if your objective is to reach beyond your base and draw […]

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Canadian E-Diplomacy (First published in Embassy Magazine on July 8, 2015)

OPINION Some suggestions for Canadian e-diplomacy Each Canadian embassy should meld its Facebook page with its home page to bring the website to life. Library and Archives Canada Photo Marshall McLuhan at Cambridge University, 1940. Eduardo del BueyPublished: Wednesday, 07/08/2015 12:00 am EDTLast Updated: Wednesday, 07/08/2015 12:00 am EDT Half a century ago, Marshall McLuhan […]

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Democratic Connections

To win a national election, candidates must have policy depth and communications savvy. They must have a few key messages that appeal to a broad swathe of voters, a number of more detailed messages for more specialized audiences, as well as a number of stories that resonate with the public.   Mostly, they must be […]

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Canada’s Youtube Diplomacy (first published in Embassy Magazine 24 June 2015)

YouTube diplomacy can, and must be accomplished Canada’s heads of mission must reach into their countries of accreditation with Canada’s messages. This is easily achievable via YouTube. YouTube screenshot Screenshot of Ben Rowswell’s YouTube video. Eduardo del BueyPublished: Wednesday, 06/24/2015 12:00 am EDTLast Updated: Wednesday, 06/24/2015 12:00 am EDT Canada’s ambassador to Venezuela, Ben Rowswell, […]

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Fighting ISIS

The fall of Ramadi in mid-May has been a blow to those fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The inability of the Iraqi army to fight this group is exacerbated by the West’s repeated but erroneous predictions of victory that have in fact been met by defeat.   Promise too much and don’t deliver, and […]

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