Communicating National Image through Development and Diplomacy: The Politics of Foreign Aid

Pallets of food, water and supplies staged to be delivered in Haiti, helicopter, flight line, USAID, earthquake

Pallets of food, water and supplies staged to be delivered in Haiti

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Speaker:

James Pamment
Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Strategic Communication at Lund University

Date:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Time:

10 to 11:00 a.m. PST

Location:

RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

Program

This talk discusses a forthcoming book edited by James Pamment & Karin Wilkins, Communicating National Image through Development and Diplomacy: The Politics of Foreign Aid. The approach taken by this volume is to consider a variety of cases drawing upon a combination of theoretical and conceptual lenses that each in their own way combine a focus on aid with a focus on image. The cases in this volume consist of empirical contributions in regions as diverse as Kosovo, Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sweden, Colombia, Russia and China. They seek to explore foreign policy trends originating with some of the most powerful Northern donors in order to see how they are influencing patterns of national development. This introduction outlines some essential themes in the relationship between soft power, public diplomacy, development communication, and nation brands.

Speaker

James Pamment (Ph.D. Stockholm University, 2011) is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Strategic Communication at Lund University, Sweden, and an external faculty member at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Pamment researches on state influence across borders, including diplomacy, public diplomacy, information operations and foreign aid.

Pamment is author of British Public Diplomacy & Soft Power: Diplomatic Influence & Digital Disruption and New Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century and editor of the forthcoming Countering Online Propaganda and Violent Extremism (w/ C. Bjola) and Communicating National Image through Development and Diplomacy: The Politics of Foreign Aid (w/ K. Wilkins), among other publications. He is currently working on a major project for the Swedish agency MSB to prepare a handbook entitled “Counter Influence Strategies for Communicators”.

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