The World in Brief: Quotes from Chatham House

Madeleine Albright and Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ

The World Today Published 3 June 2013 Updated 7 December 2018 1 minute READ
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The media doesn’t understand

The thing that’s hard with diplomacy is people say, ‘It’s just talking and doesn’t get you anywhere’. I end up blaming the media, because the question is always: ‘What did you just accomplish? What came out of this meeting?’ And if there’s not a specific result, then people say ‘diplomacy failed’. It’s part of a process – nothing failed.

Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State, giving the C. Douglas Dillon Lecture , April 19

Middle EastEnders

Turkish TV dramas are powerful vehicles of influence within the region. A survey in Arab countries revealed that 78 per cent of the respondents watched a Turkish drama. These dramas have a message to Arab women: Islam is not the reason they were ill-treated by their own husbands. Islam can combine with a modern life, high living standards, and equality between a man and a woman.

Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ, Chairwoman, Doğan TV Holding, April 30