176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Foreword by Louise Frechette1. Celebrity Diplomacy: Who Does It, How, and Why?2. Star Power and The United Nations: From Audrey Hepburn to Angelina Jolie3. The Bonoization of Diplomacy4. Bob Geldof: The Antidiplomat5. Davos: Mixing Glamourous Buzz with Material Bite6. Moving Celebrity Diplomacy Beyond the Anglo-sphereConclusion: The Contentious Future of Celebrity DiplomacyNotesIndex


    Louise Frechette, Andrew F. Cooper

    “What leaps out from these pages of this book is the need to appreciate the emergent role of these celebrities in any comprehensive reading of global affairs in the new millennium. The image of celebrity diplomacy as a mere fad does not hold up. Cooper captures the essence of this vital and multi-dimensional phenomenon that will continue to grab our attention for years to come.”
    —Louise Fréchette, from the foreword

    “ … Cooper’s analysis gives convincing depth to a phenomenon commonly and unfairly derided as superficial posturing, and confirms the rising power of non-state actors in a globalized world. …Celebrity Diplomacy poses great questions, features characters who are larger than life, and builds a powerful intellectual case that the insular world of diplomacy has been irredeemably transformed by celebrity culture.”
    —Mark Fried in Literary Review of Canada

    “… Andrew Cooper has done an outstanding job of exploring this brave, not-quite-new world. Moreover, aside from its substantive virtues, Celebrity Diplomacy displays clear organization, a salutary brevity, and a droll wit. Future scholars of this subject, and I hope there will be many, will owe a great debt to his seminal study.”
    —Neal Rosendorf from the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

    “A new type of transnational activist has emerged, both co-operating and competing with established diplomatic practitioners. Movie stars, musicians, and CEOs have grabbed new roles on the world stage, simultaneously levering their access to world leaders and mass audiences. The global system is increasingly open to and challenged by their participation in a manner that very few would have anticipated. Blending an appreciation of both complex forms of diplomacy and the exciting but unpredictable dynamics of popular culture, Andrew F. Cooper brings focus to this significant, yet under-analyzed, area of international relations.”
    —Jorge Heine, Ambassador of Chile to India and Vice President of the International Political Science Association

    “What a fantastic book! Well-written, thoughtful, and original--on a very hot topic that will make a great contribution.”
    —John Orman, coauthor of Celebrity Politics

    “While Thomas More and Benjamin Franklin achieved fame in fields other than statecraft, they did not set the precedent for Bono as a champion in the fight against global poverty or Angelina Jolie as an activist in defense of refugees. Andrew F. Cooper has performed a real service with his study of the application of star power to diplomacy and humanitarian causes, identifying both the benefits and the pitfalls of this thoroughly modern phenomenon.”
    —Strobe Talbott President, Brookings Institution

    “Bono and Bob Geldof have become principal voices in the fight against global poverty. The Gates Foundation is a leader in global public health delivery. Georges Soros is investing much more money in promoting democracy worldwide than many nation states. In Celebrity Diplomacy, Andrew F. Cooper charts out how an emerging transnational network of pop singers, business leaders, movie stars, and sport heroes is operating in global governance arenas and how influential it is proving to be. Taking into account ‘celebrities as global governance actors’ is something completely new in International Relations – a fascinating book.”
    —Dirk Messner Director, German Development Institute (DIE)

    “People invest their emotions in celebrities. Celebrity diplomats set out to re-channel those emotions towards issues, networking traditional politicians and giving them a share of their charismatic glow in exchange for their association. Cooper demonstrates the scope and intricacies of the networks involved. A pioneering work whose flow of presentation is as seemingly effortless as celebrity work at its best.”
    —Iver B. Neumann Author of Harry Potter and International Relations