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Public Opinion, Public Diplomacy

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Ed Webb

on 21 March 2016

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Transcript of Public Opinion, Public Diplomacy

Lucas shows how the late King Hussein was able to override public objections in 1994 to sign peace treaty with Israel, but was constrained by public opinion on other issues:
Baghdad Pact
firing of Glubb Pasha
deepening normalization with Israel
Realists dismiss: business of states/elites
Constructivists: international society, transnational public sphere
Liberals: two-level games
How do media & foreign policy interact?
Jordan's foreign policy
Do we think Israeli governments are constrained by public opinion in making policy toward the Palestinians?

Are the Palestinian Authority constrained by public opinion in making policy toward Israel?
From broadcast media (radio etc.) to many-to-many era of social media, Israelis, Palestinians, and supporters of both have found different ways to interact, inform, persuade...
Transnational public sphere
Seeds of Peace (mentioned in Naveh) and others.
People-to-people ("third track") diplomacy efforts facilitated by media technologies.
Within, across, and outside Israel/Palestine borders.
Peacebuilding efforts
Public Opinion, Public Diplomacy
Foreign policy: do elites respond to constituents' preferences; do they manipulate masses; is this a contextual/institutional question?
Lucas: 5 variables
issue salience
elite divisions
consensus in public sphere
public mobilization
institutional rules
Netwar (Naveh)
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