Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Politics is (are?) politics

It seems that the practice of politics in a variety of political cultures is in someways very similar.

If you can't make substantive points, argue about appearances. (I wonder if "intimacy" has connotations in Farsi like it does in English?)

Can you find examples of similarities from other countries?

Chastised at Home, Iranian Diplomat Refrains From ‘Intimacy’ With U.S. Counterpart
Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was assailed by hard-liners in Tehran last month for talking a widely photographed walk in Geneva with Secretary of State John Kerry during a break in their talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Conservative Iranian lawmakers even signed a petition asking Mr. Zarif to appear before Parliament to provide an explanation. “There is no conceivable ground for intimacy between the foreign ministers of Iran and America,” said the petition, Reuters reported at the time.

On Friday, Mr. Zarif, who has a well-deserved reputation as a smooth-talking diplomat who likes to banter with Western reporters, was much less visible.

Mr. Zarif and his team met with Mr. Kerry and his aides for more than an hour on the sidelines of a security conference…

There was no walk this time…

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