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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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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