India to Train Qatari Police for 2022 FIFA World Cup

India will train Qatar's police for the FIFA World Cup 2022. This was agreed upon during a meeting between Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Saturday. The Prime Minister, who holds the Interior Ministry portfolio, invited Mr Singh to Qatar to strengthen bilateral security cooperation as the country prepares to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Tags: bilateral cooperation, bilateral relations, professional exchange, police training, FIFA 2022 World Cup, india, qatar

Pakistani Movies Captivate New York Audiences as Film Festival Debuts

Celebrated Pakistani movies drew packed houses on Saturday, the first day of Pakistan Film Festival’s triumphant debut in New York City. [...] Earlier, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi declared open the two-day festival, saying it is a part of the continuing efforts to promote cultural diplomacy and to project the country’s soft power.

Tags: soft power, Cultural Diplomacy, film diplomacy, cinematic arts, pakistan film festival, pakistan, new york city, united states

Silicon Valley’s Culture, Not Its Companies, Dominates in China

[W]hen Mr. Zhao, a Chinese tourist, arrived with his wife in September, they spent their first day wandering the humdrum suburban office parks that Facebook and Google call home. Joining a guided bus tour with a dozen other Chinese visitors, the two became part of the steady flow of Chinese tourists to Silicon Valley that represents — despite pervasive censorship and outright hostility from the Chinese government — the tremendous influence Silicon Valley wields in China.

Tags: soft power, global influence, tourism, silicon valley, facebook, google, china, united states

World AIDS Day Activities Electrify Corporate Area

St. William Grant Park in downtown Kingston was abuzz with activities last Thursday, as people converged on the venue to commemorate World AIDS Day. [...] This year’s World AIDS Day activities had a youth focus which strategic information advisor at UNAIDS Erva-Jean Stevens told the Jamaica Observer was vital, as data shows that new infections among young people 15-19 years old are not decreasing at a fast enough rate.

Tags: international advocacy, world aids day, unaids, global health, hiv/aids, jamaica

Art & Culture vs Extremism in Arab World

Promoting culture is imperative for Arabs given the destruction of, and war on, culture launched by extremist and terrorist groups in the Middle East/North Africa region, said Sultan Al Qassemi. [...] Al Qassemi spoke on the Arab world’s rich history in culture, and promoted the notion of cultural diplomacy, but admitted funding in general remained a hindrance to supporting the arts.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, cultural exchange, arts and culture, arab art, arab gulf, extremism

Maize Diplomacy

The shared South African-Mexican craving for maize was deliciously apparent when City Press and the Soweto Hotel introduced Mexican restaurateur and culinary star Abigail Mendoza to Madiba’s longstanding personal chef Xoliswa Ndoyiya. Tasked with making maize-based meals that reflected their respective culinary cultures, these queens of traditional flavour went to work to create magnificent mealie dishes.

Tags: maize diplomacy, gastro diplomacy, culinary diplomacy, cross-cultural exchange, mexico, south africa, culinary art

Want to Ease Tensions in the Middle East? Science Diplomacy Can Help

Science diplomacy can of course help countries solve on-the-ground challenges and improve standards of living for their citizens. But it can also lay groundwork for improving relations in a region often defined by tension (if not outright conflict) through functional, scientific cooperation that is less politicized.

Tags: middle east, science diplomacy, shuttle diplomacy, conflict solution, scientific cooperation, science and technology, peace

Who’s Afraid of a Little Russian Propaganda?

First Amendment, propaganda will automatically enter the media equation. We need to combat it the way we combat all bad ideas: with our vigilance and wit, knowing that we can’t ever completely expunge it from the atmosphere. [...] By our best non-hysterical efforts, refuting propaganda with the diligence we fight cockroaches, we can hope to reduce propaganda’s effect to that of background radiation. The truth loses battles but never the war.

Tags: russia, russian propaganda, disinformation, propaganda, counter-propaganda, information warfare, international broadcasting, history & theory

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