Qatar’s Well-Funded Public Diplomacy

This article was written by CCLP Faculty Fellow Philip Seib. DOHA — Money is a wonderful thing. Qatar has plenty of it and is putting it to use in its expanded public diplomacy. With wealth rather than weaponry, Qatar is becoming a new kind of superpower. The tiny state's latest triumph is being named the site of the 2022 World Cup. In the run-up to that event, Qatar plans to build air-conditioned stadiums, a 25-mile bridge to Bahrain, a new city, Lusail, which will be home to 300,000 residents, plus a new array of luxury hotels and other amenities. During…

Seib in HuffPo – India

"At a conference in New Delhi," writes Faculty Fellow Phil Seib, "Indian diplomats, media executives, business persons, and others examined their country's "Public Diplomacy in the Information Age" and found that their efforts to reach the global public needs more coherence and imagination." Seib attended the conference in December entitled "Public Diplomacy in the Information Age." His findings of the conference can be found in his blog post on the Huffington Post….

Seib to speak at PubD conference in New Delhi

Faculty Fellow Phil Seib will be speaking at a conference on public diplomacy organised by the external affairs ministry of New Delhi on Friday, Dec. 10. Also speaking at the conference will be Nicholas Cull, USC Annenberg professor of Communication. An article about the conference and its speakers can be found on Sify News. [follow-up information from Live-PR]…

Seib in HuffPo – Central Europe

According to Faculty Fellow Phil Seib, "democracy and a free-market economy require careful nurturing (and a generous allotment of good luck)." Seib wrote an article for the Huffington Post about Central Europe's struggle to adapt to democracy and the challenges the region has faced in trying to remove itself from its Soviet and communist roots….

Seib comments on Rally to Restore Sanity

The Internet only amplifies these movements, said Faculty Fellow Philip Seib to the Christian Science Monitor. Seib was commenting on Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" which is now sparking sister rallies from Tel Aviv to the Mt. Everest Base Camp, including one in Downtown Los Angeles. "I would think we're going to have more and more phenomenon that start national and become global." Seib also speculates that internet will help in the creation and coordination of grassroots political movements….

Seib in Huff Po – CENTCOM

"Whether these engagements," says Faculty Fellow Phil Seib "are changing anyone's outlook about the United States is open to question, but this work must be done." Seib is referring to CENTCOM, or the United States Central Command. The goal of this government organization is that it "promotes cooperation among nations, responds to crises, and deters or defeats state and non-state aggression, and supports development and, when necessary, reconstruction in order to establish the conditions for regional security, stability, and prosperity." Seib's latest article in The Huffington Post is a critique about how CENTCOM has been handling combat operations in Iraq…

Seib Huff Po

"Sometimes effective public diplomacy can be conducted through a simple and unambiguous gesture," writes Faculty Fellow Phil Seib in his latest contribution to the Huffington Post. Seib commends Obama for the recent commemoration of the 50th anniversaries of 17 African nations' independence, in which 115 Africans under the age of 35 were invited to the White House….

Seib mentioned in Arab Media & Society

Phil Seib, Faculty Fellow, was cited in an article on Arab Media & Society entitled Alternate Viewpoints: Counter-hegemony in the Transnational Age. Seib argues that Al Jazeera's success signals "an end to the near monopoly in global news that American and other Western media had long enjoyed"….

Phil Seib reviewing Kevin Starr

Phil Seib Faculty Fellow, reviewed the book Golden Gate by USC professor Kevin Starr in the Dallas Morning News, calling Starr the "greatest contemporary historian of California."…