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Annenberg hosts discussion on the role of WikiLeaks in diplomacy

first_imgMary 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.last_img read more

Koke revitalizes Atlético

first_imgAtlético returned to the path of triumph coinciding with Koke’s return. The captain was lost five games since its last appearance in the Spanish Super Cup, with Barcelona goal included, and the team’s balance had been one draw and four losses, one of them on penalties in the final of the tournament in Arabia. It took Koke five minutes to show his importance in the team giving Correa assistance for the goal that ultimately would give Atlético three points against Granada. He received a throw-in from Saul in the area and left the free ball for the shot of the Argentine against Aaron. His 68th goal pass in the last ten seasons in the League, only improved by Messi (133) and Benzema (75). The captain participated a lot in the game in a position that Simeone has exploded little lately, that of midpoint behind the two strikers, Correa and Vitolo, forming a rhombus in the center of the field. The ‘6’ was located in the upper vertex, with Thomas pivot, Llorente fallen to the right and Saul to the left, something that favored his participation with the ball in the hot meters. In defense he passed the double pivot with Thomas, delaying his position to contribute to the recovery. A facet where it went The best team with nine steals. Koke was omnipresent while his gas lasted, coming into play by falling to the left, the profile he likes most, right to help Llorente and showing each time he had the option to come into play. That participatory and involved soccer player who has not had a substitute during his absence due to injury, someone who offers and is a support for the teammate is more or less successful later. He also pulled gallons to reinstate a lost character in the team, something that led him to see the yellow card for claiming a soldier elbow on Saul and its subsequent recrimination to the rojiblanco player. Koke reprimanded his attitude at nine and ended up admonished, but without letting the tip try to scare a partner. With the passing of the minutes the midfielder began to notice the inactivity, appearing with less continuity in the space of time where Atlético was going back meters and losing weight in the match. Despite this finished with 47 passes completed of 52 attempts (90.4% of success). A player who is capital for Simeone and who has missed the Argentine coach so much during his absence. Koke is back and with him the triumphs returned.last_img read more

Minister of Education talks new school year

first_imgStudents aren’t the only ones setting goals for this school year. Tuesday morning the Minister of Education George Abbott laid out what the ministry plans to focus on this year, and how things will be a little different in schools around the province. According to Abbott, one of the biggest changes this year will be the province wide implementation of full day kindergarten, a format that a number of Fort St. John elementary schools have already instated. The second is that the province will be focusing on Personalized Learning, a process that, as the Minister explains, will help all students early face challenges, and get the most out of their learning. [asset|aid=3627|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=19aabf46d88a92f3b34cdde4f446045f-Minister_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -The Minister also mentioned that the Government is looking into and supporting new and non-traditional ways of teaching. This is good news for School District 60, as within a week, the new Energetic Learning Campus will open, which focuses on more community-based learning methods, instead of the traditional classroom approach.The Minister also acknowledged the upcoming job action, and mentioned that while he was not optimistic for a quick resolution, he appreciated that the two sides are working hard. He also highlighted the fact that the teachers will not being going on strike, but will merely refrain from performing any of their administrative duties. School starts this Tuesday around School District 60.last_img read more