By Andreas Sandre
Twitter for Diplomats isn't really a guide, or an inventory of what to do or to not do. it is vitally a suite of knowledge, anecdotes, and studies. It recounts a number of episodes related to overseas ministers and ambassadors, in addition to their methods of interacting with the device and exploring its nice power. It desires to motivate ambassadors and diplomats to open and nurture their debts – and it desires to encourage we all to exploit Twitter to additionally pay attention and open our minds.
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Entente Cordiale 2013, emphasis in the original) This emphasis on increased knowledge and interaction differs subtly from both the original and contemporary aims of the other three programs. It is clearly linked to changes in grantees’ future behavior, but not necessarily through more positive attitudes. An attitude change model was not considered appropriate to the Entente Cordiale Scholarships, reflected in a hostile reception given to my hypothesis that the scheme was intended to influence scholars’ subsequent political attitudes.
I delved into the histories of these four programs using a combination of secondary analyses, archival evidence, and interviews. With the exception of Perraton’s 2009 analysis of the Commonwealth Scholarships, there was little secondary literature available on these programs. Where possible, I tracked down and interviewed officials involved in creating the scholarship programs. Where this was impossible—particularly in the case of the Marshall Scholarships, which were created in the 1950s—I examined material held in the National Archives at Kew or else shared by the administrators themselves.
There are many reasons to expect this. Expansion of activity in their area may bring them personal career benefits. They probably believe their area to be particularly important if they have chosen to work in it. Even if they do not believe this at the beginning, but end up in the post due to a quirk of circumstances, their priorities may change out of a psychological need to feel their work is important and worthwhile. The important consequence is that we can believe officials are more likely than not to want more resources for their area, and therefore to want to come up with the best arguments possible CAN WE INFER THAT MOBILITY HAS POLITICAL IMPACT?
Twitter for Diplomats by Andreas Sandre