Last week, Hilary Clinton, the Secretary of State was in
"They're excited to see how things are done outside
This article highlights many important issues about public diplomacy, including the scope and parameters of the term itself. In this case, the “public” that is affected may be somewhat ambiguous. For instance, is it constrained to the government-to-government interaction or rather the local readers for whom the American officials provide daily services. The fact that a story like this one was published in the first place is likely designed to increase readers’ opinion of local officials and remind them that their government is efficient and culturally aware.
However, this story also highlights the importance of defining the stakeholders in public diplomacy. Numerous parties have a tangible interest in a this cultural tour including the officials from Shanghai, who stand to bring back lessons learned to their fellow citizens; the local American officials who are highlighting their diplomatic skills and may stand to increase tourist revenues; or the Shanghai residents who may gain from the policy best practices gleaned from the tour’s observations.
"In public safety, the government and police officers serve the citizens more (here)," Han said through translator Grace Liu. "They serve their citizens much more and better than in
He [Han] praised the
Although the visit mainly benefits the Chinese delegates, it also allows
Either way, it is important to note that we often focus on a one-way exchange of diplomatic and cultural information. This story about
Orem is a city in Utah. The article noted that
Orem was the middle stop on their tour, which includes Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas and New York, and their only visit to a police station.