Public Diplomacy in Confl ict Zones:Military Information Operations Meet Political Counter-Insurgency

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Evan Potter Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada K1N 6N5

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Daryl Copeland DFAIT/PFM, 125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Canada K1A 0G2

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The case made in this article is threefold: that the resolution of conflicts in the twenty-first century will depend much more on the judicious use of soft rather than hard power; that the type of soft power exercised through public diplomacy will move increasingly from monologue to dialogue and collaboration; and that there is an increasing convergence of thinking both in defence departments and foreign ministries on the role of public diplomacy in resolving conflict in asymmetrical warfare. That convergence is expressed in this article's characterization of the 'guerrilla diplomat'.

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