Layalina Productions publishes a new monthly “forum by academics and leading practitioners to share their views in order to explore key concepts in the study and practice of public diplomacy and Arab media.” The third author to contribute is Dr. Abderrahim Foukara, the Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Jazeera Network.
In the final analysis, TV per se is neither a bridge-builder nor a bridge-buster. I believe that the battle to close the gap between nations is often fought in the trenches of political action, not by TV programming alone.
The perception issue between American and the Arab worlds will also be determined by what actions Arabs will take not just in the Middle East but also in Washington, where important decisions are made which affect their region and the rest of the world.
The article is worth your time and can be accessed here.
The two prior essays were:
- Social Media as Public Diplomacy by (yours truly) Matt Armstrong
- Iraqi Media: Freedom or Chaos by H.E. Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Ambassador of Iraq to the U.S.