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International Communication Students Should Read This!

International communication is quite an interesting discipline that exposes students to the interplay of information dissemination and exchange across the globe.

International communication consists of all aspects of communication across national borders. It deals with the flow of cultural products across nations through such platforms as direct satellite broadcasting, movies, to individual “reading” of cultural commodities from other countries. So it is a broad communication discipline which requires depth understanding of socio-cultural, political and such other variables across the globe.

Today, there is greater need for international communication. This is in view of the growth of international trade and investment which requires a constant source of reliable data about international trade and economic affairs of various nations.

As a student of international communication there are articles you need to read to enrich your understanding of interplay in the world political and foreign policy sphere which is crucial to international communication. One of such articles is this interesting piece by Brawley Benson published on Maine Campus which provides a quick insight on how the US/Russia relations impacts international communication. The article discusses the importance of international communication. This is the kind of content you should cite while writing on international communication and impress your reader. Get what you can from this article and cite it while writing on international communication.

The Importance of International Communication

There is no greater harm to two countries’ relations than the severing of diplomatic ties. Who will be there to mediate? Who will argue for the diplomatic approach when the diplomats have been taken away? As of late, there has been a spat of these disconnects between the strong-as-ever Western states and Russia. At a time when communication is more crucial than ever, recent developments cast a dim prospect for reconciliation between these two powerful groups.

The pretext for recent diplomatic expulsions looks good on paper: the attempted assassination of Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal on March 4. Many in the West suspect the order for the attempted assassination — which was carried out at the Skripal residence in England — came straight from the high command of President Vladimir Putin. Evidence for this claim is shaky. Still, the attack provides the opportunity for Russia’s current rivals — namely the U.S., the U.K. and European nations allied with the two — to make a stand against Vladimir Putin at a very convenient time. He just won another election.

Following the attack, the U.K. expelled 23 diplomats alleged to be Russian spies. Russia followed suit, matching the number. More countries got involved to show resilience, and the U.S. and NATO nations have expelled over 100 diplomats in total.

The plan may seem positive, but in reality, the expulsions by both states are harmful on both sides.

Consider the purpose of diplomats. On one important level, they serve to spread the influence of a nation and its policy. This could take the form of gathering intelligence, but far more often it is through what political scientists call “soft power” — the use of constructive, relationship building events, institutions and other means of interaction. When diplomats go, so does this arm of influence and presence in a country.

Another crucial component of a diplomat’s job is to make sure citizens of their country are safe abroad. They can issue emergency visas, facilitate evacuations in the event of a disaster, or simply serve as a point of contact outside of the homeland. They are security for citizens.

In both cases, we can’t just yank the rug out from under these functions. In America’s case, the loss of diplomats directly contradicts the belief that our power can reach across the globe and permeate all corners. We lose power when we are not visible. Additionally, Americans out of country are not able to rely on the support system of a strong embassy and consulate, making travel more tedious, dangerous and undesirable to U.S. citizens.

(For complete article, see Maine Campus)

 

 

 

 

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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