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01 Dec, 2017
By Ilan Manor

Do MFAs really attract journalists on social media?

Some have traced the origins of digital diplomacy to America’s need to counter Al-Qaeda’s online narrative and recruitment efforts. As Ellen Hallams has written, already in 2008 it was estimated that the internet was responsible for 80% of the recruitment of Jihadi movements. In an attempt to stem the tide of recruitment, and counter Al-Qaeda’s narrative of holy Jihad against Western Imperialism, the State Department migrated online and began conversing with Muslim netiznes.

Yet nowadays, MFAs, embassies and diplomats are especially keen on attracting journalists, editors, news organizations and media outlets to their digital diplomacy accounts. Some hope to attract journalists as a means of increasing their online reach.

By
Simukai Chigudu
29 Jan, 2016

‘Am I going to eat peace?’ – the politics of redistribution and recognition in women’s peace activism

Global feminism is often seen as a progressive and emancipatory movement emanating from the West and fostering radical politics elsewhere in the world. Such a view is not only ethnocentric but, critically,...

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Sabina Alkire
18 Dec, 2015

The benefits of more detailed poverty maps

The lenses through which we observe the appalling situation that the poor endure now have higher resolution than in the past for several countries.

By
Oliver Bakewell
11 Dec, 2015

Migration makes the Sustainable Development Goals agenda – time to celebrate?

In September 2015, the United Nations published the final version of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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02 Dec, 2015

Religiosity and Muslim American attitudes towards political violence

To what extent does the religion of Islam condone or promote the justification of suicide bombings?

By
Corneliu Bjola
30 Nov, 2015

Will climate negotiations overcome the curse of unfulfilled expectations at COP21?

International negotiations are fundamentally nested games of expectations management. If the objectives are set too high and negotiations then fail to deliver, it would be quite difficult for the relevant...

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Sabina Alkire
02 Nov, 2015

Multidimensional Poverty Index adopted as a SDG target indicator

The Inter Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators met for the second time in Bangkok, 26-28 October 2015. The purpose was to move towards the selection of the indicators that will be...

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Abhijeet Singh
30 Oct, 2015

What can the private sector offer Indian education?

Few things in education policy in developing countries are more contentious than what the role of the private sector should be.

By
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado
Lucia Scalco
19 Oct, 2015

Citizenship, violence, and youth in Brazil: reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility

In Brazil, there has been a perennial debate about reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 years. Congress has recently approved a legal amendment that aims to put this into practice...

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Kat Egdamian
30 Sep, 2015

Refugee crisis: Syria's religious minorities must not be overlooked

As hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees continue to flee their homeland, there is a tendency to view all Syrian refugees as a homogeneous entity. They are not. Many stories are being told, but many more...

By
Paul Dornan
25 Sep, 2015

Will the SDGs advance progress for disadvantaged children?

The end of the week sees the meeting to agree the Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t expect too many surprises; the document to be signed off has already been published. There are 17 proposed goals, with...

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