Small Victories

by Nathan Hamm on 2/27/2007 · 3 comments

Things I am proud to have worked into my thesis chapter on Kazakhstan:

It was getting way too serious. Thank goodness for a section on public diplomacy to lighten things up…

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Mark February 28, 2007 at 10:55 am

Can’t wait to read it. Must be nice seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Vilhelm Konnander February 28, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Dear Nathan,

I am especially interested in hearing more about your “response to Borat.” When I wrote on the theme, I actually got some publicity – an article in Norway’s leading paper “Aftenposten.” Why, I cannot really see, but people seem fascinated by most angles of the subject.



Nathan February 28, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Alas, it did not make it in. And, I’m afraid I was being imprecise. I was going to discuss how Kazakhstan’s embassies in the US and UK capitalized on Borat to get out a more accurate message about Kazakhstan.

I didn’t put it in for a couple reasons. First is that I just wanted to finish the damned chapter. Second is that the public diplomacy section was already getting a bit long.

I believe someone had challenged me to work Borat into my thesis somehow. Who knows, maybe I’ll still be able to.

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