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Mary Thompson-Jones, a former Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, led a discussion on Wednesday at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism on what the embassy cables published by WikiLeaks reveal about public diplomacy. According to Thompson-Jones, the 251,287 embassy cables that leaked in November 2010 revealed masses of secret information on under-the-table U.S. public diplomacy actions. This was the result of the efforts of WikiLeaks, a multi-national media organization founded in 2006. Classified cables were released to the public, revealing firsthand accounts of American diplomats. The WikiLeaks reveal allowed the public to see diplomacy from the perspective of embassy officers writing to Washington, D.C.Perhaps the scariest result of the cable leaks, according to Thompson-Jones, was the realization that policymakers were frequently misjudging and distorting public diplomacy inquiries. She said the leak revealed conflicting approaches from Washington, D.C. stakeholders who held a vested interest in their own agenda and saw little of the battles occurring on the ground. The cables revealed the deepening gulf growing between the government and field agents, according to Thompson-Jones. She also explained that the ongoing foreign policy disconnect is rooted in poor long-distance communication. According to Thompson-Jones, officials in Washington, D.C. have been unwilling to listen to discourse outside Capitol Hill, which has caused a rift between politicians in Washington, D.C. and officers out in the field. Mietek Boduszynski, an assistant professor of politics and international relations at Pomona College as well as a former diplomat, gave further insight to America’s foreign policy disconnect and praised Thompson-Jones’ latest book on the issue. “I was looking for ways in my foreign policy class to explain to students what diplomats — especially American diplomats — do,” Boduszynski said. “The book will be a great resource and also raises great questions about communication in the diplomatic world.” Thompson-Jones said that with President Donald Trump’s administration, the discussion on transparency is even more relevant.“I am really concerned about the future of public diplomacy in the Trump administration,” Thompson-Jones said. “Public diplomacy has to be founded on truth. This is crucial for foreign audiences and some of the misstatements, the disregarding of factual information, makes me concerned that we will lose credibility with foreign audiences.”Thompson-Jones explained that the release of the cables by WikiLeaks had no intent to harm and there was no proof that anyone was threatened by the leaked information, though some officers did lose their jobs. Instead, she said, the real harm came to the foreign service itself. The downside of WikiLeaks was the initial brush-off by Washington, D.C. to what the cables had to say about foreign policy and the state of America’s relationships with other countries. According to Thompson-Jones, there is a heavy price to pay for not paying attention. Thompson-Jones highlighted the necessity of truth and communication between and among diplomats. Without truth in public diplomacy, the State Department would become impoverished, according to Thompson-Jones. It cannot lose its sense of curiosity for what happens in foreign parts, so America’s public diplomats must reconnect both in Washington, D.C. and the embassies, Thompson-Jones said. “If we don’t have truth, then public diplomacy cannot exist,” Thompson-Jones said. Maria Abou Atmi, a second year graduate student pursuing a master’s in public diplomacy, said she enjoyed having the chance to learn about a relevant topic from an expert in the field.“It was great to hear from a former Foreign Service officer about the impact of WikiLeaks on public diplomacy and how important it is to have access to this information and how it affects the global-stage,” Atmi said.
Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson fine-tuned his team’s putting with a lunchtime session and they returned to the course to dominate the singles. Alex Giles, 17 (pictured) and Caley McGinty, 16, each notched up 7/5 wins and were soon followed by 14-year-old Ffion Tynan, who took the team safely over the line with her 5/4 win. The result was further improved when Claudia Ovens, 19, squeezed a half out of her game. Megan Lockett won the top game on the 18th, in a match where she birdied four out of five holes and her opponent Lauren Spray had three in five holes. But this afternoon they hit top form as they settled into the event, where they’re making their first appearance for 22 years. County champion Alice Barlow got the ball rolling with four birdies and a 9/7 win. Lottie Whyman soon followed with a 6/4 win, helped by four consecutive birdies from the seventh. Then Abbie Symonds took them to within touching distance with her 5/4 win. Meanwhile, Deeya Aggarwal and Georgina Bowers put points on the board for Buckinghamshire. The teams were tied with four points apiece and the players in the final game were all square after 15, but Amanda Norman won the 16th with a par and the 17th with a birdie to start Suffolk’s celebrations (pictured top). “It was nerve-wracking,” said Norman, who was tempted out of a five-year retirement from county golf to play on her home course. “It’s a great feeling and I’m really pleased we have managed to get a win under our belt.” Click here for full scores Suffolk’s 5-4 win over Buckinghamshire – secured with a 17th hole birdie from Amanda Norman – was a huge turnaround. Yesterday, they lost 8-1, this morning they trailed 2-1 after the foursomes. Team captain Andra Knight commented: “We are delighted to have got our win. Hampshire came at us very strongly and the golf in the top match was amazing, really top class.” Team captain Vanessa Bell added: “It is so exciting, we’re thrilled to get a win on the board and it’s the confidence boost we need.” The win moves them up to third in the table, behind Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, the defending champions. They did concede a half point in the morning foursomes, when Rachel Boulton and Libby Kilbride found a chink in the Yorkshire armour. The Nottinghamshire pair were one down playing the last but, thanks to Kilbride’s mastery of the slopes on a daunting putt, they won the hole with a par. Yorkshire, who are seeking their 13th win at County Finals, continued their impressive progress through the championship. Megan Garland got ahead early on with a birdie on the 7th and an eagle on the 8th, where she holed a putt the full length of the green. After 15 she was dormy three up, but her opponent Rachel Boulton took her to the last to earn her point. Tags: competitions, English Women’s County Finals, Suffolk Gloucestershire took two points from the foursomes and then clinched their win over Hampshire with three big wins from young players. Olivia Winning and Charlotte Heath (pictured) both produced comfortable 4/3 wins, but elsewhere the team was proving how good they are at finishing off. Hosts Suffolk were celebrating today after they pulled off a fairytale win on the second day of Women’s County Finals at Felixstowe Ferry. In the day’s other matches, Gloucestershire’s teenagers pulled out the stops in the singles, beating Hampshire 5.5-3.5 for their second win; while Yorkshire continued to dominate their games, beat Nottinghamshire 8.5-0.5. Melissa Wood won her game 3/1 while Hannah Holden fought back from one down after 15 to win on the 18th. Team captain Fran Dickson said: “It was tight this morning and they had to improve their chipping and putting. But they had a lots of practice at lunchtime and they fought very hard this afternoon when they needed to.” Tomorrow’s order of play: Match 1 Suffolk v Yorkshire Match 2 Nottinghamshire v Hampshire Match 3 Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire Match 1 Suffolk v Yorkshire Match 2 Nottinghamshire v Hampshire Match 3 Gloucestershire v Buckinghamshire That game went Hampshire’s way when former Curtis Cup player Kerry Smith won on the last to secure her second point of the day. 19 Sep 2017 Hosts Suffolk snatch a fairytale win Images copyright Leaderboard Photography