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Collaborative Public Diplomacy: How Transnational Networks by A. Fisher

By A. Fisher

Utilizing archival examine and recorded interviews, this publication charts the advance of yank reviews in Europe in the course of the early chilly conflict. It demonstrates how negotiations happened via a community of relationships and attracts classes for public international relations in an age whilst groups are attached via multi-hub, multi-directional networks.

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Failure to acknowledge the negotiated nature of the relationships and identify genuinely common goals can lead to tensions within the network, particularly if one actor seeks to unilaterally decide the fate of a collective project. The creation of the Salzburg Seminar and subsequently the European Association for American Studies (EAAS) demonstrate the importance of identifying collective goals and negotiating strong relationships by involving other groups involved in the collaboration if any decisions that to be taken.

23 The eventual decision to hold the seminar at Schloss Leopoldskron, would be pivotal to creating the atmosphere in which the cultural engagement between European and American cultures could take place. Margaret Mead highlighted the importance of selecting Schloss Leopoldskron in her report on the seminar. 25 The decision on the location for the seminar was presented as an attempt to find as apolitical an environment as possible that would allow for the development of intercultural understanding.

In practice, the free discussion of the different conceptions of America and American Studies meant some would be critical of US policy. It was this space between broad aim and specific detail that caused tension in the network and forced the relationships to be renegotiated. Concept: From the Heart of Europe and Back The original concept for the seminar was developed by Clemens Heller, Dick Campbell, and Scott Elledge. ”6 The diversity of experience among these three men was ref lected in both the outcome of the seminar and the different roles they fulfilled within the organization of the initiative.

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