Diplomat’s mission is to revive nation
Centre Daily Times
Traditionally, you would be spreading American culture, teaching people about the United States. In Afghanistan, our mission is so much more complicated. ... We’re doing less of the traditional public diplomacy, or public outreach, and we’re doing a lot more of bolstering the Afghan identity.
Pentagon reviewing strategic information operations
Trying to counter information-savvy enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military has rapidly spent nearly $1 billion in the past three years on strategic communications. But when Congress asked this year what the Defense Department across the services and commands proposed spending for strategic communications in the fiscal 2010 budget, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates found that no one could say because there was no central coordination.
Some Of The Parts
Surely, the most effective way of dealing with terrorism is not to let the terrorists call the shots or set the agenda in terms of subcontinental relations. Much will depend in this area on the ability of India’s leadership to carry public opinion in a transparent exercise of public diplomacy.
Win some, lose some; Turkey looks forward to 2010
The Turkish government unveiled bold initiatives in 2009 in a bid to solve the decades-long problems of the country on the domestic front but has failed to finalize any of them by year’s end amid mounting opposition in Parliament and growing skepticism among the people.
Kerry of Tehran
The Wall Street Journal
Mr. Kerry would arrive from Washington to show the Iranian people that at least someone still favors the regime. He would be the most senior American to visit Tehran in 30 years and his trip would convey legitimacy that the dictatorship is especially eager to have at the current moment.
Russia’s ‘sphere’ in Europe
The Washington Post
The greatest gap between Western and Russian thinking today may not be on Afghanistan or Iran. It may well be on Europe...Almost unnoticed in the U.S. media, Moscow last month proposed a new draft treaty on European security.
World Needs U.S. Leadership
Real Clear World (Blog)
All this might possibly mean that the people who really matter on the planet don't actually think climate change is nearly as urgent as the zeitgeist suggests...On the other hand, it might also mean the multilateral system simply cannot work without US leadership.
Tbilisi Unveils Draft of its S.Ossetia, Abkhaz Strategy
According to Civil Georgia, Tbilisi is against of "isolation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia" and aims at fostering ties between the communities "separated by dividing lines," according to a draft strategy paper laying out Georgia’s intended policies towards its two breakaway regions.
Two blunders Obama should avoid
President Barack Obama is in danger of committing two serious foreign policy blunders, which threaten to haunt him for the rest of his presidency, distracting him from his proclaimed goal of building bridges to the Arab and Muslim world.
Chinese painting and calligraphy draw Indians in big way
A beautiful exhibition of Chinese calligraphy and ink and wash paintings has been drawing Indians since it was inaugurated here in New Delhi on Wednesday, as a precursor to a series of cultural activities that will mark the 60th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China next year.
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