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India’s Foreign Office only recently created a division in charge of developing soft power strategies. Different from the news media approach, India’s current influence on public opinion is based on its growing movie industry. Bollywood plays on a positive perception of India, particularly in the Arab world, says Naila Hamdy, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo. Entrance to the Arab media came easily given the Indian and Pakistani workers in the Gulf States, but it goes well beyond exporting Bollywood hero figures. Indian studios have started to invest in the Arab region and increase its production capacity. Moreover, there are incredibly successful movies in the Arab world that tell a Bollywood story using well-known Arab actors and Arab-style decors. “I call this ‘Hindustani’,” says Hamdy, “which refers to a widely accepted hybrid culture.”

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this publication is widely used around the world to promote democracy and support diplomats and members of the not-for-profit sector in the practical challenges of on-the-ground democratic transition and consolidation from undemocratic regimes. By recording case studies of the activity of diplomats in countries that were repressive and flatly undemocratic to those in the throes of post-conflict recovery, the Handbook is able to provide guidance in an area where there is no codified set of procedures for diplomats to follow. The third edition of A Diplomat’s Handbook, to be released in fall 2013, will identify lessons through new case studies — Russia and Tunisia — as well as provide updates to previous case studies, and will, like previous editions, offer diplomatic missions a toolbox of creative, human, and material resources — available to diplomatic missions — that can support democracy development.

This article provides an empirically grounded assessment of China’s increasing role in the African mediasphere. It examines the strategic importance of Chinese media assistance to Ghana along three dimensions: the potential appeal of the Chinese approach to information regulation for countries struggling to balance development and risks to political stability; the direct intervention of Chinese companies in the media and telecommunication sectors through the provision of loans, equipment and technical expertise; and the stepping up of China’s public diplomacy strategy through the expansion of international broadcasters and the increase of exchange and training programs targeting African citizens.

Partner, prototype or persuader? China’s renewed media engagement with Ghana, by Iginio Gagliardone, Nicole Stremlau, Daniel Nkrumah

This article provides an empirically grounded assessment of China’s increasing role in the African mediasphere. It examines the strategic importance of Chinese media assistance to Ghana along three dimensions: the potential appeal of the Chinese approach to information regulation for countries struggling to balance development and risks to political stability; the direct intervention of Chinese companies in the media and telecommunication sectors through the provision of loans, equipment and technical expertise; and the stepping up of China’s public diplomacy strategy through the expansion of international broadcasters and the increase of exchange and training programs targeting African citizens.

Partner, prototype or persuader? China’s renewed media engagement with Ghana, by Iginio Gagliardone, Nicole Stremlau, Daniel Nkrumah

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to China, Australia and other countries, Mr. Abubakarr Multi Kamara, has been appointed Permanent Representative at the United Nations, replacing Mr. Shekou Touray whose predicament we had predicted many weeks ago. Touray is very likely to be re-assigned to another country or to another position in Freetown. Multi-Kamara has been replaced by the ruling party (APC) Secretary-General and former civil servant Mr. Victor Foh. Multi was not the original choice for Permanent Representative however, according to very reliable sources in Freetown.

Ambassador Multi-Kamara – possibly the finest name in international diplomacy.