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Harnessing the power of diaspora diplomacy

The US government uses its immigrant populations as cultural ambassadors back in their home countries; these immigrants in turn lobby Washington for their causes.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 05:50
Hillary Clinton (left) was first to start using many of the US' first and second-generation immigrants as diplomats who can advance US foreign policy.

THE United States is conducting an influential "diaspora diplomacy" programme, aiming to achieve its foreign-policy goals by harnessing the power of the large immigrant population that has made America home.

It was former secretary of state Hillary Clinton that initiated the programme