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Games within games
Editor: J. Simon Rofe

The purpose of this book is to critically enhance the appreciation of diplomacy and sport in global affairs from the perspective of practitioners and scholars. The book will make an important new contribution to at least two distinct fields: diplomacy and sport, as well as to those concerned with history, politics, sociology and international relations. The critical analysis the book provides explores the linkages across these fields, particularly in relation to soft power and public diplomacy, and is supported by a wide range of sources and methodologies. The book draws in a range of scholars across these different fields, and includes esteemed FIFA scholar Professor Alan Tomlinson. Tomlinson addresses diplomacy within the world’s global game of Association Football, while other subjects include the rise of mega-sport events as sites of diplomacy, new consideration of Chinese ping-pong diplomacy prior to the 1970s and the importance of boycotts in sport – particularly in relation to newly explored dimensions of the boycotts of the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games. The place of non-state actors is explored throughout: be they individual or institutions they perform a crucial role as conduits of the transactions of sport and diplomacy. Based on twentieth- and twenty-first-century evidence, the book acknowledges antecedents from the ancient Olympics to the contemporary era, and in its conclusions offers avenues for further study based on the future sport and diplomacy relationship. The book has a strong international basis because it covers a broad range of countries, their diplomatic relationship with sport and is written by a truly transnational cast of authors. The intense media scrutiny of the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup and other international sports will also contribute to the global interest in this volume.

The 1980 Moscow boycott through contemporary Asian–African perspectives
Joseph Eaton

The 1980 Moscow boycott 203 11 Decentring US sports diplomacy: the 1980 Moscow boycott through contemporary Asian–African perspectives* Joseph Eaton The boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics is commonly described as having been a fiasco. The titles of books on the boycott tell of President Jimmy Carter’s failed response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan – Dropping the Torch: Jimmy Carter, the Olympic Boycott, and the Cold War by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes (2010) – and the unfair treatment given athletes, denied their chance to compete at Moscow – Boycott

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When the talking stops
Carole Gomez

Boycotts and diplomacy 169 9 Boycotts and diplomacy: when the talking stops* Carole Gomez ‘All of this is politics and we are not concerned with politics’, said Avery Brundage, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in response to a question about Rhodesia’s participation in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.1 A few days later, following the Munich massacre, Brundage declared, ‘[T]he Games must go on and we must continue our efforts to keep them clear, pure and honest and try to extend sportsmanship of the athletic field to other areas.’2

in Sport and diplomacy
David Rowe

Football, diplomacy and Australia in the Asian century 147 8 Football, diplomacy and Australia in the Asian century David Rowe Admitting and expelling Australia? On the eve of the final of the 2015 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup final between host nation Australia and South Korea, the host city’s major newspaper, the Sydney Morning Herald, carried a story about a move among some of the west Asian (especially Gulf) nations to expel Australia from the Asian Football Confederation.1 For those among the hosts who believed that securing the event

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‘Showered with kindness?’
Author: Heike Wieters

This book provides a historical account of the NGO Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (CARE) as one of the largest humanitarian NGOs worldwide from 1945 to 1980. Readers interested in international relations and humanitarian hunger prevention are provided with fascinating insights into the economic and business related aspects of Western non-governmental politics, fundraising and philanthropic giving in this field. The book also offers rich empirical material on the political implications of private and governmental international aid in a world marked by the order of the Cold War, and decolonialization processes. It elaborates the struggle of so called "Third World Countries" to catch up with modern Western consumer societies. In order to do justice to CARE's growing dimensions and to try to make sense of the various challenges arising from international operations, the book contains five main chapters on CARE's organizational development, with three case studies. It tells CARE's story on two different yet connected levels. First, it tells the story as a history of individuals and their interactions, conflicts, initiatives, and alliances within CARE and second as an organizational history focusing on institutional networks, CARE's role in international diplomacy. By the start of the 1960s CARE's strategically planned transformation into a development-oriented agency was in full swing. With United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Food for Peace, and the Peace Corps, several new government agencies in the development assistance sector were founded that offered potential junctions and opportunities for cooperation for CARE and the voluntary agencies in general.

Concluding thoughts on sport and diplomacy
Aaron Beacom and J. Simon Rofe

Post-match recovery and analysis 243 Post-match recovery and analysis: concluding thoughts on sport and diplomacy Aaron Beacom and J. Simon Rofe This concluding chapter reflects on the themes that have been identified in the book and sets out some thoughts on those that relate to the future nexus of diplomacy and sport. It begins by revisiting, in light of arguments presented in this book, the reciprocal benefits of investigating international sport and researching the reconfiguration of diplomatic practice. From there, it focuses down on the key themes

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Individuals, institutions, ideologies
Alan Tomlinson

whose roles have been to some greater or lesser extent diplomatic in rationale and/or consequence; influential institutions that have functioned as operators in expansive networks of organisations beyond the formally or conventionally political; and the ways in which forms of sport diplomacy have intermeshed with, and in some cases heavily influenced and even determined, particular ideological stances concerning, for instance, national cultures, states and markets. Examples here are drawn primarily from the history, sociology and politics of football, in particular

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The impact of Paris Université Club’s US tours and the individual in sports diplomacy
Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff

130 Public diplomacy 7 Barnstorming Frenchmen: the impact of Paris Université Club’s US tours and the individual in sports diplomacy Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff* The young men of Paris Université Club (PUC), France’s elite basketball team of the mid-1950s, rocked back and forth across the chilly Atlantic waters. It was supposed to be a joyous five-day journey from Le Havre to New York. Instead, most players remained in bed, too seasick to leave their bunks aboard the America. Nobody ate in the dining room; instead sandwiches were placed on cabin floors so that

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The United States, the two Chinas and the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics
Rachel Vaughan

The US, the two Chinas and the 1960 Winter Olympics 185 10 ‘Chinese rings’: the United States, the two Chinas and the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics Rachel Vaughan It is only relatively recently that scholars have begun to recognise the centrality of sport to the public diplomacy and soft power strategies of governments within the international arena.1 To a degree, this was partly the reluctance of Western governments to acknowledge the role of sport within their diplomatic arsenal. In contrast, the West’s Cold War adversary, the Soviet Union, began to

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The Chinese ping-pong team visits Africa in 1962
Amanda Shuman

110 Public diplomacy 6 Friendship is solidarity: the Chinese ping-pong team visits Africa in 1962* Amanda Shuman There is great promise in these [Ghanaian] West African players and one day, soon, they’ll make the table tennis world sit up and applaud. Rong Guotuan, China’s first ping-pong world champion, following the team’s visit to Africa in 1962.1 Many people today are aware of the so-called ‘ping-pong diplomacy’ that helped thaw US–China relations in the early 1970s.2 Few know that the Chinese leadership already had two decades of experience using sport

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