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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.

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Sabina Alkire
24 Sep, 2015

Income and multidimensional poverty – fighting poverty in all its dimensions

The way we define poverty has changed. At the Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September 2015, the UN will formally adopt a new sustainable development agenda that will include a goal to end poverty...

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Jean-Benoit Falisse
18 Sep, 2015

Beyond political violence in Burundi: an economy in crisis

Burundi may have slipped from the world’s attention, but the crisis that erupted last May when President Nkurunziza announced that he would seek a third term is far from being resolved. Most commentators...

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Asha Amirali
04 Sep, 2015

Book Review: ‘Patronage as Politics in South Asia’ by Anastasia Piliavsky (ed)

It is true, as Anastasia Piliavsky points out in her superb introduction, that patronage has long been treated as a distasteful element of developing societies. Personalised exchange between social unequals...

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Jo Boyden
30 Jul, 2015

Not all child migration is trafficking and not all child work is slavery

This week, the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced during his visit to South East Asia that new measures, enshrined in the Modern Slavery Act, will come in to force to curb the growth of human...

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Sabina Alkire
13 Jul, 2015

Seeing poverty up close

Poverty measures reported at the national level provide only a sketch of the reality poor people face. Multidimensional poverty estimations released on 22 June 2015 by the Oxford Poverty and Human...

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Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock
23 Jun, 2015

Moving beyond movements: exploring paths of everyday citizenship in urban South Africa

In the rich literature that has emerged on social movements in post-apartheid South Africa, there have been many analyses that explore the degree to which particular social movements cooperate with the...

By
Jeff Crisp
05 Jun, 2015

Military madness in the Med

According to the United Nations, some 60,000 people, many of them from war-torn and poorly governed countries such as Eritrea, Somalia and Syria, have travelled across the Mediterranean Sea since the...

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26 May, 2015

Tough boys and docile girls? Questioning the use of corporal punishment in schools

Globally, corporal punishment is widely used in schools despite international concern about the effects on children and the implications for their capacity to benefit from school. And yet it persists....

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Hein de Haas
27 Apr, 2015

Let their people drown: how EU politicians have become tragic actors in a self-inflicted migration drama

In recent months, a record number of refugees and migrants have drowned in their attempts to cross the Mediterranean Sea. According to recent UN estimates, in 2014 almost 220,000 migrants crossed the...

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Maidul Islam
21 Apr, 2015

Between nation-state and ummah’s appeal: the contradictions of Islamism in contemporary India and Bangladesh

Generally, Islamists believe in the Universalist concept of Ummah (Islamic community of believers), a supranational or transnational union. The Islamists’ call for unity of the Ummah is based on the belief...

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