cultural diplomacy

Oklahoma Voices
7:31 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Fiddling In Foreign Lands: Oklahoma's Horseshoe Road Tours The Pacific Rim

Kyle Dillingham, Brent Saulsbury and Peter Markes take the stage in Yangon, Myanmar's National Theater.
American Music Abroad U.S State Department

Earlier this year, Oklahoma violinist Kyle Dillingham and his acoustic trio Horseshoe Road traveled across the Far East on behalf of the American Music Abroad program. The group traveled to South Korea, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Far East Russia and Myanmar.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

World Views: May 24, 2013

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Suzette Grillot reports from Istanbul, where she speaks with University of Oklahoma economist Firat Demir about the international response to Monday's deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., and political problems facing Turkey.

University of Oregon political scientist Richard Kraus joins the program for a conversation about how art and culture become a testing ground between the United States and China. He's the author of author of Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music.

World Views
4:07 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Why the Piano is a Political Prop in China

Pianist Lang Lang performs at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Credit Harry Wad / Wikimedia Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's interview with Richard Kraus

Art, culture, and politics are closely linked in China, and until the mid-1960s Cultural Revolution government officials viewed Western classical music as an unwelcome outsider.

“For a while the piano was regarded as the ultimate expression of the bourgeoisie,” says Richard Kraus, a University of Oregon political scientist and the author of Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music. “[Then] Mao's wife decided she liked the piano, and there was then sort of the idea that you need to adapt Western technology and art to serve Chinese political purposes. So after about 1968 the piano was alright.”

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World Views: May 17, 2013
4:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

World Views: May 17, 2013

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University of Oklahoma political economist and European Union expert Mitchell Smith joins the program for a conversation about the eurozone's economy slipping further into recession, and the American kicked out of Russia over accusations of spying for the CIA.

Veteran diplomat Richard Arndt speaks with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis about how the national security state changed U.S. diplomatic relations. He's the author of The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century.

World Views
11:05 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Evolution Of Embassy Construction Shows The Terrorists Won

The U.S. Embassy in Singapore. It opened November 1, 1996 "with with a crenelated walkway is set back from the main road a considerable distance to protect it from bomb blasts."
Credit United States Diplomacy Center / U.S. State Department

Listen to Richard Arndt's conversation with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis

Earlier this year an independent review by veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen slammed the U.S. State Department for inadequate security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before the September 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

“The styles of public diplomacy are now constrained by our fear,” says Richard Arndt, a veteran U.S. diplomat and the author of The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the  Twentieth Century. ”Which after all is what terrorists try to produce, and which they've amply succeeded in.”

Arndt says as the United States reestablished diplomatic relations with European countries after World War II, the goal was to build the most beautiful embassies possible.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

World Views: April 5, 2013

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On Tuesday the U.N. General Assembly approved a treaty to regulate the global arms trade, and the panel explores what role the CIA is playing in Arab and Turkish military aid to Syria.

Ambassador Cynthia Schneider joins Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis to discuss how culture influenced her diplomacy while representing the United States in the Netherlands between 1998 and 2001.

World Views
9:31 am
Thu April 4, 2013

How Diplomacy Through Culture Can "Hold Up a Mirror" to Government

Helena Ayala (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) encounters a DEA agent in Steven Soderbergh's 2000 film "Traffic"
Credit Focus Features / NBCUniversal

Amb. Cynthia Schneider's interview with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis

While serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2001, Cynthia Schneider used Hollywood to approach sensitive drug issues between American and Dutch officials.

Schneider invited embassy staffers focusing on drugs, and their counterparts in the Dutch Ministry of Justice, to a screening of Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning film Traffic.

“It's a very powerful film that shows the intricacies of drug trafficking, and really shows how complicated it is,” Schneider says. “That was a fantastic experience because it kind of leveled the playing ground, and after seeing that film together we were able to have the most honest, direct conversation that we ever had, and really make progress.”

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World Views
11:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Laughter As The 'Common Language Of The World'

Egyptian-American Stand-Up Comedian Ahmed Ahmed
Credit Provided / ahmed-ahmed.com

Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ahmed Ahmed on the March 22, 2013 episode of "World Views."

Audiences most likely know Egyptian-American stand-up comedian Ahmed Ahmed as a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.

“Comedians have become, most recently, cultural ambassadors of the world,” Ahmed said. “Whether you're in Africa, or America, or Russia, or Asia, laughter is the common language of the world.”

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Arts and Entertainment
12:46 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Why ''Advancing American Art'' Was Interrupted

Subway Exit
O. Louis Guglielmi artinterrupted.org

On March 2, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art opened a recently-reassembled exhibit of modern American art the U.S. State Department recalled from an overseas tour in the 1940’s.

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