Alfred Tennyson's The Charge Of The Light Brigade

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Alfred Tennyson’s "The Charge of the Light Brigade" immortalizes the ill-fated namesake frontal assault of an artillery battery in the Crimean War, a tactical blunder attributed to logistical failure and miscommunication. Though a war of the 1800s, the Crimean War’s genesis and premises rhymes with what we have seen in recent years: Russian versus West expansionism. However, today, we have already lost Crimea and now face a divided Ukraine; there’s no room for blunder. In order to realize the United States’ role in both provoking and pacifying the Ukrainian conflict, we will first look at the contemporary contextual circumstances leading to Ukraine’s status quo woes. Then, we will look at how our government’s doctrine of “Diplomacy, Development, …show more content…

In light of recent events, we have worked “to enable the media, especially those in and adjacent to the conflict zone, to provide objective coverage of events promoting peaceful dialog and conflict resolution in Ukraine” even recently inviting “independent media outlets, registered Ukrainian non-governmental organizations and independent bloggers” to participate in an open grant competition ending March 30 (Supporting Regional Media). We have also hosted a “Civil Society Digital Capacity Building Grant Competition” in which we supported projects that furthered “freedom of information through social media,” supported “the development and coordination of independent bloggers,” and fostered “the digital development and capacity building of civil society in Ukraine” ("Civil Society Digital Capacity"). Of course, enabling the media is not the only reason my embassy has long supported social media integration and development. In a Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy report titled “Diplomacy, Development, and Security in the Information Age” two important notes are made, underscoring the relationship between social media and diplomacy: “Diplomats must genuinely engage with, and embed themselves in, local social media networks in order to combat misinformation and maintain the credibility of information” (Arsène et al. 12). “New social media technologies are used in relation-building, in storytelling, and as modes of alternative political expression” (Arsène et al.

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