By Andrew F. Cooper, Louise Frechette

Time journal named Bono and invoice and Melinda Gates their "Persons of the Year." The United countries tapped Angelina Jolie as a goodwill ambassador. Bob Geldof geared up the Live8 live performance to push the G8 leaders' summit on AIDS and debt aid. What has end up known as "celebrity international relations" draws vast media realization, major cash, and best legit entry all over the world. yet is that this phenomenon simply the newest fad? Are celebrities dabbling in an enviornment that's out in their intensity, or are they bringing justified observe to big difficulties that would another way languish at the crowded foreign diplomatic scene? This publication is the 1st to ascertain superstar international relations as a significant worldwide venture with vital implications, either optimistic and detrimental. meant for readers who would possibly not ordinarily examine celebrities, it's going to additionally allure audiences frequently became off by way of overseas affairs. Celebrities carry optimism and "buzz" to matters that appear deep and gloomy. whether their lofty pursuits stay elusive, whilst celebrities converse, different actors within the international approach hear.

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He ended up meeting several IOC members and we believe he had a big effect. ”45 A second unlikely celebrity who has consistently championed the cause of the UN has been Ted Turner. Akin to Beckham, Turner’s roots are in the sports world (having captained the winning yacht in the 1977 America’s Cup race as well as being a sometime owner of the Atlanta Braves), and he had some added celebrity and controversy attached to him because of his marriage to Jane Fonda. But his links to the entertainment world went well beyond those images.

UNICEF and Bollywood Famed Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan speaks at his invocation as UNICEF goodwill ambassador on April 14, 2005. Through this program, there has been successful celebrity outreach to the global South, where Bachchan has become a visible advocate for polio eradication and HIV/ AIDS assistance (AP Photo/David Karp; reprinted with permission). Youssou N’Dour at Gleneagles Senagalese singer Youssou N’Dour speaks during a media conference on the sidelines of the 2005 G8 Summit. Perhaps Africa’s most recognized celebrity advocate for interreligious and intercivilizational dialogue, N’Dour was the only African performer invited to the Live8 main stage in London (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo; reprinted with permission).

Although her third husband, Robert Wolders, proved extremely supportive of her work, the focus was entirely on her as a solo act. Much of the glamour and gravitas she imparted to this role derived from her ability to do it in virtual retirement. In contradistinction, many of the biggest current celebrity diplomats juggle lives as performers and as celebrity diplomats at the peak of their power of attraction. Moreover, sometimes they do it in tandem with another celebrity with whom they are in a love match.

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