Three Major Nations Absent as China Launches World Bank Rival in Asia

Swiss Info | Oct 24, 2014

Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.

North Korea Enlists the Help of Cuba and China in Shielding Kim Jong Un From ICC

Foreign Policy | Oct 24, 2014

But fearing that the West wants to prosecute their leader, Kim Jong Un, for human rights abuses, North Korean officials are beginning to rely on soft words instead of hard power.

Tokyo's Soft Power Problem

The New York Times | Oct 24, 2014

The more Japan’s global relevance in economic, political and military terms seems to decline, the more it cares about projecting soft power. 

U.S.-Arab Counterterrorism Cooperation in a Region Ripe for Extremism

The Global Think Tank | Oct 24, 2014

Washington needs a holistic counterterrorism strategy that ensures its Arab allies do not use U.S. assistance to perpetuate terrorism and that supports those in Arab societies best able to combat radicalization.

Student Visa Rules Condemned by Employers

BBC News | Oct 23, 2014

Simon Walker, director-general of the Institute of Directors, said he was "appalled" by how overseas students had been caught up in targets for reducing immigration into the UK.

10 Parting Thoughts for America's Diplomats

Foreign Policy | Oct 23, 2014

The real question is not whether the State Department is still relevant but how we can sustain, strengthen, and adapt the tradecraft for a new century unfolding before us.

Under Secretary Stengel's Travel to Kuwait To Lead Coalition Communications Conference

U.S. Department of State | Oct 23, 2014

Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to Kuwait to lead the U.S. delegation for the October 27 conference of coalition partners focused on countering ISIL messaging and combatting violent extremism in the region.

The Latest North Korean Mystery: A Diplomatic Charm Offensive

The New York Times | Oct 23, 2014

On Wednesday, North Korea said Mr. Kim had personally ordered Mr. Fowle’s release after considering requests from President Obama. 

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