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A key to ending racism: Make it personal

“Nothing’s going to change until we start talking, until we become socially connected with each other,” said Robert Livington, a Harvard Kennedy School lecturer in public policy.   Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer How a human connection can help create openness John Laidler Harvard Correspondent February 22, 2021 Social psychologist Robert Livingston has spent decades studying racism and advising businesses and nonprofits how to confront it in their workplaces. In a new book,  “The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations,”  the Harvard Kennedy School lecturer in public policy argues that racism can be battled with constructive dialogue. The Gazette recently spoke to Livingston about what fuels his optimism and how people can help bring about meaningful change. Q&A Robert Livingston GAZETTE:   Why is conversation so critical to building racial equity? LIVINGSTON:   Very early on in my career I thought

The best business books, selected by this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award panelists.

the Shortlist Our best ideas, quick and curated | December 10, 2021 This week, if you’re looking for something to read on your holiday break, the  Financial Times  and McKinsey Business Book of the Year list is here to help. Plus, why the declining number of IPOs in the US isn’t a cause for concern, and three McKinsey experts on a new, high-flying way to travel. Congrats,  Shortlist  readers.  We’ve made it to December, and we hope you’ll have plenty of time to kick back with friends and family, enjoy good conversation, and eat tasty food. For your reading pleasure this holiday season, we’ve gathered some of the best business books, selected by this year’s  Financial Times  and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award  panelists. Intense reading.  These books aren’t necessarily light fare, but they are all powerful and uber topical. The winner is  This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends , by Nicole Perlroth, a former  New York Times  reporter on cybersecurity and digital espionage. She

Once you become a public diplomat

MAKE TIME FOR PD by Conrad Turner  Once you become a public diplomat, office work at an embassy could overfill your day. How will you get away to meet with the right people? How will you make time for diplomacy? Screen time v. people time You might say that with social media everything has changed, because that’s where our audiences are. You would be right but for the wrong reason: it has changed because social media’s dominance has made speaking face-to-face with influencers rare and  priceless . That is, if we remember how. Networking tools foster a myth that personal interaction is now dispensable. It’s more automatic to message the masses or drop an email into a congested mailbox than to leverage relationships to solve problems at a higher level. Don’t get me wrong. You will play your part in the digital world. When those who admire or revile our government look for its policy positions they must be able to find them. But the choice of messenger is as important as the message itsel


  by  Daryl Copeland    When thinking about the foremost threats and challenges facing humanity, the received wisdom suggests that we should all be afraid, very afraid, of religious extremism, political violence and terrorism. While I would not wish to understate these risks, the probability that most of those reading this article will be directly affected by these sorts of events is lower than the likelihood of being hit by lightning or drowning in the bathtub. Fomenting the politics of fear certainly serves certain special interests, but the more profound threats to mankind’s survival lie elsewhere. During the Cold War, ideological rivalry and geopolitical ambition on the part of the superpowers dominated the international agenda. Today, under whatever guise, it is the global war on terror. But unlike the machinations of ISIL, Al-Qaeda, lone wolves and various insurgent groups, many elements of a new threat already impact most, if not all people on Earth. And what does each of these


May 3, 2018   by   Conrad Turner    When I was in college, I longed to travel and get paid to do it. So I asked a family friend—a British businessman—for career advice, adding that I’d never work for the government, that I didn’t want to give up being “me.” His response: “It’s entirely possible to be your own [person] in the Foreign Service. I personally know American diplomats who have succeeded at that.” Today I’d say that to represent the people of your country—especially as a public diplomat—you  must  let the best of yourself shine through. I make a point of asking PD students—many of them aspiring diplomats—about other negative stereotypes they may have heard about this career. Some are surprising; others have an element of truth. Like all stereotypes, they are misleading, and you buy into them at the risk of missing out. Here’s my take on just a few: Diplomats are stuffy.  Yeah, some are. But don’t hold it against us; many are just introverts. Some are just really, really smart


Nov 10, 2021   by   Alina Dolea   ,  Ilan Manor   ,  César Jiménez‑Martínez     COMMENT   PRINT AS PDF Note from the CPD  Blog Manage r : This post is based on  a panel on Protests and Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Nation Branding   organized by the  Public Diplomacy Interest Group  at the 71st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in the summer of 2021. A recording of the panel can be viewed  here . Despite the many unprecedented restrictions that governments have imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic, people all over the world—in places such as Chile, the United States, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Colombia, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom and many others—have taken to the streets driven by a whole array of contradictory grievances, from  anti lockdown demonstrations ,  calls to expand the welfare state and secure public health , as well as criticisms on  how governments have handed the pandemic . Covered not only by national media, but also by Western news

The Secret History of the U.S. Diplomatic Failure in Afghanistan

FLIGHT FROM KABUL This is the first part of a two part story by veteran journalist and writer, famous for his knowledge and expertise on Afghanistan and Pakistan, on the collapse of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the flight of President Ghani. It is a detailed account with a spiders eye view of events in Kabul, Doha and Washington. A trove of unreleased documents reveals a dispiriting record of misjudgment, hubris, and delusion that led to the fall of the Western-backed government. Click to read

China's rise in semiconductors and Europe: Recommendations for policy makers

Dec 08, 2021 3 min read Joint report by MERICS and Stiftung Neue Verantwortung e.V. Executive summary Semiconductors are on the mind of many European policy makers, not least because of the intensifying US-China technology rivalry and the chip shortages that forced most European car makers to temporarily stop production from 2020. As a result, the European Commission is working on an EU Chips Act, a draft of which is scheduled to be ready in mid-2022. Europe’s semiconductor industry has not received this level of attention from policy makers in a long time, and the EU has now a window of opportunity to substantially invest in its semiconductor ecosystem and strengthen international partnerships. The only questions are what, how and where? In our previous report of June-2021, “Mapping China’s semiconductor ecosystem in global context”, we argued that Europe is already highly dependent on Chinese companies in certain value chain steps and that this dependence will likely grow over the sh

There but for Central Planning!

MOHAN GURUSWAMY: India’s first Indian Governor General (1948-50), Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (Born: 9 December 1878, Died: 25 December 1972) was a man who is today more remembered for his elegant and simple rendering in English of the Mahabharata  (1951) and Ramayana (1957). But Rajagopachari, popularly known as Rajaji, should be known today as the first one to sound the warning against a state controlled and centrally planned economy, an naïve notions of Fabian socialism.  In 1957 Rajaji broke with Jawaharlal Nehru over his economic and political prescriptions for India. India consequently came to be governed by a combination of protectionist, import substitution, Fabian socialism and social democratic inspired policies. In 1959 Rajaji outlined the goals of the Swatantra Party through twenty-one "fundamental principles" in the foundation document.  The party stood for equality and opposed government control over the private sector. Rajagopalachari sharply criticized the bur

What is deglobalization?

What is meant by deglobalization, what does it mean for efforts to address global challenges, and are there any benefits to having a less globalized world? EXPLAINER 18 OCTOBER 2021   4 MINUTE READ Professor Markus Kornprobst Political Science and International Relations Chair, Vienna School of International Studies Jon Wallace Digital Content Manager, Digital Transformation What is deglobalization? Deglobalization is a movement towards a less connected world, characterized by powerful nation states, local solutions, and border controls rather than global institutions, treaties, and free movement. Is the world in a period of deglobalization? Some consider the world to have entered a period of deglobalization, citing recent events such as Brexit, Trumpism, and the past decade’s decline in foreign direct investment (whereby residents of one country invest long-term in another country’s economy). But it would be wrong to say the world is definitively in a period of deglobalization. Phenom

This excerpt from a book demolishes Ashoka’s reputation as pacifist

Sanjeev Sanyal’s interesting new book looks at how the Indian Ocean shaped human history. In the process, he questions a number of long held notions including Emperor Ashoka’s reputation as a pacifist A fragment of the 6th Pillar Edicts of Ashoka (238 BCE), in Brahmi, sandstones. (British Museum/ Wikipedia) Updated on Aug 06, 2016 01:43 PM IST Sanjeev Sanyal | By HT Correspondent Chandragupta abdicated in 298 BC (or 303 BC according to another source) in favour of his son Bindusara who ruled till 273 BC. Bindusara had inherited an empire that was already very large — from Afghanistan to Bengal. He seems to have extended the realm further south till the empire covered all but the southern tip of the peninsula. For the most part, his rule seems to have been peaceful except for a few rebellions. He also seems to have maintained diplomatic and trade links with the kingdoms carved out from Alexander’s empire. In 274 BC, Bindusara suddenly fell ill and died. The crown prince Sushima was away