A Lesson in Leadership by Yoshi Hori

Yoshito Hori is Founder and President of GLOBIS, which he touts as the No.1 MBA Program & No.1 VC in Japan. He is also the Founder of the G1 Institute & KIBOW. He is the father of 5 sons. In May 2017, he published a piece at Globis and LinkedIn about emotions and staying positive. It resonated with a lot of readers.

“A Lesson in Leadership: Control Your Emotions & Be Positive.”

Do you have any favorite techniques for reducing your negative emotions and projecting positive vibes to inspire other people?




Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit

A Joint Declaration was released in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the conclusion of the 7th Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit. It includes several references to public and cultural diplomacy:

Acknowledging the importance of trilateral cultural exchanges through the East Asian Cultural Cities Program, we congratulate the designation of 2018 East Asia Cultural Cities and expect that cultural exchanges among the present and previous cultural cities will be promoted. Recognizing the significance of education cooperation in deepening mutual understanding, we also praise the trilateral commitment to promoting student exchanges in the field of higher education through the expansion of Collective Actions for Mobility Program of University Students in Asia (CAMPUS Asia), and expect the discussion would continue to further promote the program.

Considering the significance of public diplomacy in enhancing understanding and friendship among the people of the three countries, we welcome the continued consultations on the trilateral forum on public diplomacy.


Persuasion and Power: A UK Report

The House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence published a 2014 Report, ‘Persuasion and Power in the Modern World’. The Committee found that British influence and effectiveness in a changed world now requires different methods of exercising power in order to safeguard national security and maintain prosperity.

This report precedes Brexit by two years.


Public Diplomacy Syllabus

Dr. Nancy Snow, Pax Mundi Professor of Public Diplomacy
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies
Spring 2018 
http://www.tokyonancysnow.com (course website)
http://www.nancysnow.com (personal website)

EdwardRMurrowhttp://www.nancysnow.com (personal website)

Required Reading

Nancy Snow & Philip M. Taylor, Eds., Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy

 Recommended Readings

The United States Information Agency: A Commemoration

Propaganda, Inc. by Nancy Snow (New York: Seven Stories Press, 2010)

Japan’s Information War by Nancy Snow (CreateSpace: Amazon, 2016)

Course Overview

Retired diplomat Edmund Gullion coined the term Public Diplomacy (PD) in 1965 while serving as Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts (USA). The Fletcher School established The Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy in memory of Murrow (1908-1965). Upon Gullion’s death in 1998, he received a write-up in the New York Times, which does not include the words “public diplomacy” but infers its value with reference to The Murrow Center, which “intended to establish direct communications with the peoples of other lands and to build mutual understanding. It also fit nicely with Mr. Guillion’s view, expressed just recently: ‘I always thought journalists and diplomats could learn a great deal from one another.’”

Public Diplomacy is a cross-section of international communication and diplomacy. It is a relatively new paradigm (pattern, model) in the field of international relations and the practice of diplomacy. Unlike traditional diplomacy, which only focuses on state-level relations, PD acknowledges the multifaceted nature of international communications, and can be carried out by individual citizens and NGO’s, as well as governmental agents and agencies. Simply put, PD focuses on the strategies, techniques and practice of influencing public attitudes and opinions.

Course Schedule


Week 1: April 12: What is Public Diplomacy?

 Week 2: April 19: How to Think About and Improve It

Week 3: April 26: Rethinking Public Diplomacy


Week 4: May 3: Golden Week (no class)

Week 5: May 10: Credibility and Public Diplomacy (Snow & Taylor, Chapter 13)

 Week 6: May 17: Guest lecturer

Week 7: May 24: Public Diplomacy, Key Challenges and Priorities

Week 8: May 31: Dialogue-based Public Diplomacy: A New Foreign Policy Paradigm?


 Week 9: June 7: Hard Power, Soft Power, and Smart Power

  • Get Smart,” Foreign Affairs, by Joseph S. Nye, Jr. (July/August 2009)
  •  “Public Diplomacy and Soft Power,” Nye, The ANNALS (March 2008)
  • “Soft Power,”  Joseph S. Nye, Foreign Policy No. 80, (Autumn, 1990)

Week 10: June 14: Public Diplomacy: A Euphemism for Propaganda?

 Week 11: June 21: Grassroots Movements in Public Diplomacy

(Snow & Taylor, Part 4: Chapters 16-20)

Answer the following questions before coming to class:

  • What are the roles of non-state actors and individuals in PD?
  • Do states, governmental agencies, or international organizations dominate PD?

Week 12: June 28: Media and Public Diplomacy

(Snow & Taylor, Chapter 5)

Answer the following questions before coming to class:

  • What is the importance of media in forming public opinion?
  • What kind of media coverage does public diplomacy get?
  • How does the celebrity/spectacle penchant of the media help/hurt?

Week 13: July 5 : Creating a National Brand with Public Diplomacy

(Snow & Taylor, Chapters 21-23)

Naomi Klein (2002): America is not a Hamburger

Answer the following questions before coming to class:

  • What is a nation brand? Can a nation be brand?
  • Is PD a part of nation branding?
  • How can you create a brand for a nation?

Week 14: July 12: Public Diplomacy & You

What comes to mind when you think about public diplomacy?

(Snow & Taylor, Chapter 11)

 Week 15: July 19: Final Exam (open book); essay and short answer


Soft Power & Public Diplomacy

It’s been almost ten years, but US Soft Power never looked so promising as when Barack Obama was inaugurated in 2009. Just check out this Voice of America feature:



The king of soft power is Joseph S. Nye Jr., Dean Emeritus of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  You cannot advance in your understanding of public diplomacy without a nod to Nye and what he has meant to our understanding of this concept. Soft power lies in the ability to attract and persuade. Whereas hard power—the ability to coerce—grows out of a country’s military or economic might, soft power arises from the attractiveness of a country’s culture, political ideals, and policies. That said, do not assume that soft power is a carpet of roses that leads nations into peace and harmony. If policies are bad, then no amount of soft power appeal will make a difference. Soft power follows good policies, and good policies reinforce soft power. 

Soft Power,  Joseph S. Nye Jr., Foreign Policy No. 80, (Autumn, 1990)

Think Again, Soft Power Foreign Policy (February 2006)

Get Smart Foreign Affairs, by Joseph S. Nye Jr. (July/August 2009)

The Soft Power 30

Q: Does being one of the best countries in the world enhance one’s soft power?

Congratulations, France

Eiffel Tower Daytime



Liberal and Critical Approaches to IR

  • Liberal and critical approaches challenge the central claims of realism: anarchy, primacy of state actors, rationality, and the utility of military force.
  • Liberals dispute the realist notion that narrow self-interest is more rational than mutually beneficial cooperation.
  • Neoliberalism argues that even in an anarchic system of autonomous rational states, cooperation can emerge through the building of norms, regimes, and institutions.
  • Collective goods are benefits received by all members of a group regardless of their individual contribution. Shared norms and rules are important in getting members to pay for collective goods.
  • International regimes–convergent expectations of state leaders about the rules for issue areas in IR–help provide stability in the absence of a world government.
  • Hegemonic stability theory suggests that the holding of predominant power by one state lends stability to international relations and helps create regimes.
  • In a collective security arrangement, a group of states agrees to respond together to aggression by any participating state; the UN, NATO and other IGOs perform this function.
  • Peace Studies is interdisciplinary and seeks to broaden the study of international security to include social and economic factors ignored by realism.
  • Peace Studies acknowledges a normative bias–that peace is good and war is bad–and a willingness to put theory into practice by participating in politics.
  • Mediation and other forms of conflict resolution are alternative means of exerting leverage on participants in bargaining. Increasingly these means are succeeding in settling conflicts without (or with no further) use of violence.
  • For scholars in peace studies, militarism in many cultures contributes to states’ propensity to resort to force in international bargaining.
  • Positive Peace implies not just the absence of war but addressing conditions that scholars in peace studies connect with violence–especially injustice and poverty.
  • Peace movements try to influence state foreign policies regarding military force; such movements are of great interest in peace studies.
  • Nonviolence–the renunciation of force–can be an effective means of leverage, especially for poor or oppressed people with few other means available.
  • Feminist scholars of IR agree that gender is important in understanding IR but diverge into several strands regarding their conception of the role of gender.
  • Standpoint feminists* argue that real (not arbitrary) differences between men and women exist. Men think about social relations more often in terms of autonomy (as do realists), but women think in terms of connection.
  • Standpoint feminists argue that men are more warlike on average than women. Although individual women participants (such as state leaders) may not reflect this difference, the participation of large numbers of women would change the character of the international system, making it more peaceful.
  • Liberal feminists disagree that women have substantially different capabilities or tendencies as participants in IR. They argue that women are equivalent to men in virtually all IR roles. As evidence, liberal feminists point to historical and present-day women leaders and women soldiers.

*Standpoint feminism holds that social science should be practiced from the standpoint of women or particular groups of women, as some scholars say that women are better equipped to understand some aspects of the world.

Anarchy: absence of governmental authority/State: Organized political unit that has a geographic territory, stable population, and a government to which the population owes allegiance and that is legally recognized by other states/Rational actor: in realist thinking, a state or individual that uses logical reasoning to select a policy; that is, it has a defined goal to achieve, considers a full range of alternative strategies, and selects the policy that best achieves the goal.



Liberal Democrat President Barack Obama


Critical Perspective on Syrian Airstrikes

Former New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer sets out a very plausible reason why the US, UK and France keep intervening in Syria. It is not about children or chemical weapons. It is to prevent the Syrian government and Russia triumphing over the jihadists, as they have been close to doing for some time.

Realist Perspective on Syrian Airstrikes

So this weekend’s actions are not simply about chemical weapons violations. True enough, if such weapons are used in “Nowherestan,” the United States and its coalition allies are not likely to bomb, even if a good argument can be made for enforcing international law against such crimes. The United States is not the world’s police force. But if such crimes take place in a region whose destabilization can lead to global disorder, and if they take place with the cooperation of powers, like Russia, that mean us ill, then the United States can and should act.

Realism Theory in IR

  • Realism explains international relations in terms of power.
  • The most important single indicator of a state’s power is its GDP.
  • Realists consider military force the most important power capability.
  • Rational-actor approaches treat states as though they were individuals acting to maximize their own interests.
  • International anarchy–the absence of world government–means that each state is a sovereign and autonomous actor pursuing its own national interests.
  • The international system traditionally places great emphasis on the sovereignty of states, their right to control affairs in their own territory, and their responsibility to respect internationally recognized borders.
  • Seven great powers* account for over half of the world’s GDP as well as the great majority of military forces and other power capabilities.
  • Realists believe that a hegemon–the predominance of one state in the international system–can help provide stability and peace in international relations.
  • The economic variant of realism, mercantilism, shares many of realism’s central assumptions (in particular about primacy of states, power and anarchy) and applies them to economic issues.
  • Mercantilists tend to suggest policies of economic nationalism.

Source: International Relations by Joshua S. Goldstein and Sandra Whitworth

The Japan Times G7 Issue .jpg

The Group of Seven or G7 is an informal bloc of industrialized democracies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union has participated fully in the G7 since 1981 as a “nonenumerated” (separate) member. These countries represent the 7 largest advanced economies in the world.

Angela Merkel at Ise Jingu

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Ise Jingu during G7 Ise-Shima Summit


Obama and Abe at Ise Jingu

President Obama and Prime Minister Abe at Ise Jingu


Air New Zealand and Nation Branding

National airlines are major contributors (and detractors) from a nation’s brand image. Consider the 4-star Air New Zealand. Its award-winning airsafety videos are cheeky, humorous, and drenched in unconventional celebritydom. Let’s take a look:

Filmed at Warner Bros. Studio in Los Angeles.

As the official airline of Middle-earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The All Blacks’ video was created in association with Sony Pictures.

Betty White — Safety Old School Style

Golden Girl Betty White proves age is just a number as she gives us the old school version of Air New Zealand’s in-flight safety.

Let Richard Simmons get you fit to fly. Lose the baggage, fasten your safety belt, take a breather and let’s GO!

How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Every single person, every single organization on the planet knows what they do, 100 percent. Some know how they do it, whether you call it your differentiated value proposition or your proprietary process or your USP. But very, very few people or organizations know why they do what they do. And by “why” I don’t mean “to make a profit.” That’s a result. It’s always a result. By “why,” I mean: What’s your purpose? What’s your cause? What’s your belief? Why does your organization exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care?

Sinek says that the limbic brain corresponds to leadership in the following way:

The neocortex is responsible for all of our rational and analytical thought and language. The middle two sections make up our limbic brains, and our limbic brains are responsible for all of our feelings, like trust and loyalty. It’s also responsible for all human behavior, all decision-making, and it has no capacity for language.

Why it’s important to know why you do what you do:

But if you don’t know why you do what you do, and people respond to why you do what you do, then how will you ever get people to vote for you, or buy something from you, or, more importantly, be loyal and want to be a part of what it is that you do. The goal is not just to sell to people who need what you have; the goal is to sell to people who believe what you believe.

People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. If you talk about what you believe, you will attract those who believe what you believe.