Village Roadshow Finds Writers for ‘Ping Pong Diplomacy’

Variety | Oct 21, 2014

The book is based on the true story of the 1971 Table Tennis World Championships in Japan, where the unlikely friendship between American player Glenn Cowan and top China player Zhuang Zedong set the media ablaze and drove both administrations scrambling at the highest levels. 

Future Afghani Diplomats Trained

China Daily | Oct 21, 2014

Fifteen entry-level diplomats from Afghanistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs started a two-week training program in Washington on Monday.  For the next two weeks, the group will learn about US policy regarding Afghanistan, US-China relations, public diplomacy and how foreign policy is developed in the US, with a goal towards developing diplomatic, communications and management skills.

U.S. Department of State Builds Bridge Between the Past and Present Through Virtual Exchange Program

U.S. State Department | Oct 21, 2014

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and PBS LearningMedia will host a series of blended online and in-person conversations about ancient civilizations with high school students, the first of which will take place on Wednesday, October 22.

Israel Hospital Treats Daughter of Palestinian Arch-Foe

Al Arabiya | Oct 21, 2014

An Israeli hospital said on Sunday that it has treated a daughter of Gaza Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, who is a sworn enemy of the Jewish state.

Indonesian Leader in Global Spotlight

The New York Times | Oct 21, 2014

In his previous life as a small-time furniture exporter and exhibitor, Joko Widodo was used to erecting stages. But in early November, just days after being sworn in as the president of Indonesia, he will now be sharing a stage with the world’s most powerful leaders.

A New Face for India and Pakistan’s Track II Diplomacy

The Diplomat | Oct 21, 2014

The recent violence along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan in Kashmir threatens confrontation yet again between the two nuclear armed neighbors. It also underscores the need to rescue the fragile Track II process from irrelevance, because ultimately it is through genuine people-to-people exchange that long-term peace between the two nations is possible.

China's Confucius Institutes: Self-Promotion or Cultural Imperialism?

CNN | Oct 21, 2014

While introducing Chinese language and culture to foreigners is a good idea, the aggressive attempt to do so via Confucius Institutes has proved problematic.

Islamic State’s Rules of Attraction, and Why U.S. Countermoves are Doomed

Reuters | Oct 21, 2014

The U.S. State Department is producing anti-Islamic State propaganda to persuade American and other would-be jihadis not to join the extremist group. It’s ham-handed, and often sarcastic, and unlikely to have the intended effect. Why? Because the department fails to understand how Islamic State attracts recruits in the first place.

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