Celebrity Diplomacy

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Time magazine named Bono and Bill and Melinda Gates their “Persons of the Year.” The United Nations tapped Angelina Jolie as a goodwill ambassador. Bob Geldof organized the Live8 concert to push the G8 leaders’ summit on AIDS and debt relief. What has come to be called “celebrity diplomacy” attracts wide media attention, significant money, and top official access around the world. But is this phenomenon just the latest fad? Are celebrities dabbling in an arena that is out of their depth, or are they bringing justified notice to important problems that might otherwise languish on the crowded international diplomatic scene? This book is the first to examine celebrity diplomacy as a serious global project with important implications, both positive and negative. Intended for readers who might not normally read about celebrities, it will also attract audiences often turned off by international affairs. Celebrities bring optimism and “buzz” to issues that seem deep and gloomy. Even if their lofty goals remain elusive, when celebrities speak, other actors in the global system listen.

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ABC has a segment on celebrities engaged in diplomatic and charitable missions that features Andrew Cooper and Celebrity Diplomacy. Read the story here: http://www.abcnews.go.com

Watch an interview with Andrew Cooper at: http://youtube.com

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“A new type of transnational activist has emerged, both co-operating and competing with established diplomatic practitioners. Movie stars, musicians, and CEOs have grabbed new roles on the world stage, simultaneously levering their access to world leaders and mass audiences. The global system is increasingly open to and challenged by their participation in a manner that very few would have anticipated. Blending an appreciation of both complex forms of diplomacy and the exciting but unpredictable dynamics of popular culture, Andrew F. Cooper brings focus to this significant, yet under-analyzed, area of international relations.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594514784
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: International Studies Intensives
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.19 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew F. Cooper is Associate Director and Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. He has authored and edited many books published internationally as well as in the U.S. and Canada.

Mme. Louise Frechette is the former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

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Table of Contents

Foreword Mme. Louis Frechette

Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Celebrity Diplomacy: Who Does It, How, and Why?

Chapter 2: Star Power and the United Nations: From Audrey Hepburn to Angelina Jolie

Chapter 3: The Bonoization of Diplomacy?

Chapter 4: Bob Geldof: The Antidiplomat

Chapter 5: Davos: Mixing Glamorous Buzz with Material Bite

Chapter 6: (Uneasily) Moving Celebrity Diplomacy beyond the Anglo-Sphere

Conclusion: The Contentious Future of Celebrity Diplomacy

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