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Simone Derix

This article argues that state visits are highly symbolic political performances by analyzing state visits to Berlin in the 1950s and 1960s. The article concentrates on how state visits blended in the Cold War's culture of suspicion and political avowal. Special emphasis is placed on the role of mass media and on the guests' reactions and behavior. State visits to Berlin illuminate the heavy performative and emotional burden placed on all participants. Being aware of the possibilities for self-presentation offered by state visits, West German officials incorporated state visitors into their symbolic battle for reunification. A visit to Berlin with extensive media coverage was, therefore, of prime importance for the German hosts. Despite their sophisticated visualization strategies, total control of events was impossible. Some visitors did not want to play their allotted role and avoided certain sites in Berlin, refused to be accompanied by journalists or cancelled their trips altogether.

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Traces of Pan Africanism and African Nationalism in Africa Today

Denis Goldberg

strengthening the continent in its world relations. Successive Presidents have taken numerous business people with them on state visits in Africa to forge closer links. But in so doing, this perpetuates the role of finance capital. I see little choice but to do

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The 2014 Israel-Hamas Conflict

Repercussions on French Foreign and Domestic Policy

Eve Benhamou

's state visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and thus dominated the exchanges between the countries. From Netanyahu's viewpoint, France's requirements regarding a more robust nuclear deal with Iran were significant enough to allow for Hollande

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Germany and the United States

Whither “Partners in Leadership”?

Matthew Rhodes

for the first full state visit of his presidency in spring 2018) as Europe’s newly most influential leader. Even should Germany’s system quickly recover its bearings, Euroskeptic populism elsewhere across the continent could undermine its preferred

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Dynamics of Multidimensional Interaction

The Beijing Upheaval of 1989 Revisited

Rilly Chen and Fei Yan

: “Deng made it clear before he departed for Beidaihe that he wanted the situation in Beijing cleaned up in time for Mikhail Gorbachev's state visit in mid-May … If Zhao failed to clean up the mess, Deng knew he had yet another option at his disposal: he

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Menachem Begin’s World Travels in the 1950s

A Road to Political Legitimacy

Ofira Gruweis-Kovalsky

etiquette required official representatives and local Jewish leaders to participate in events in Begin’s honor. Herut members missed no opportunity to portray Begin’s tours as state visits. Begin’s visits to France embodied this strategy. Beginning in

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The Madness of King Charles III

Shakespeare and the Modern Monarchy

Richard Wilson

, Struensee, and this odd ménage-a-trois lives in a precarious play world, until a state visit to London includes a gala of Hamlet . Three days before this grand entertainment, the choice of text provokes the visit of the royal physician to its star, David

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Ståle Knudsen, Ingrid Birce Müftüoğlu, and Isabelle Hugøy

”; “Statkraft takes responsibility in Turkey.” (Photo from signing of energy agreement between Norwegian and Turkish ministers, 2013 Norwegian State visit to Turkey—Turkish president and Norwegian king in the background). Taking a leading role— with

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Carceral Repair

Methane Extraction in Lake Kivu, Rwanda

Kristin Doughty

construction ( Everitt 2016 ) based on its ‘security’ and ‘functioning infrastructure’ ( Opobo 2016 ). This building quickly became iconic – a site for state visits, international scientific conferences and business ventures, and new forms of being cosmopolitan

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Amy Kallander

Algerians sometimes informed the mainstream right, as in the potential state visit of Algerian President Houari Boumedienne that was presented as the vindictive rape of France; Todd Shepard “L'extrême droite et ‘Mai 68’: Une obsession d'Algérie et de