The Chinese Smart Power Strategy

Harvard Political Review | Feb 1, 2015

The Chinese historically have had a steady grasp on the usage of soft power. In an interview with the HPR, Professor Joseph Nye, the foremost scholar on smart power, stated that China’s “basic aim is to combine hard and soft power. 

Boost Japan's Soft Power: Listen to Kenji Goto's Mother

Huffington Post | Feb 1, 2015

She carries the spirit of her son, a soft power presence in peaceful principles and humanistic values that Japan needs now. The mother of Kenji Goto, who painfully appeared before the press a week ago pleading for her son's life, was met with a throng of cameras on Sunday in Tokyo to make a statement about his death.

‘Modi Scoring with Soft Power Diplomacy’

Times of India | Feb 1, 2015

Pointing out that PM Modi has put soft power or public diplomacy to optimal use, Dasgupta said that instances of this are evident from Modi's visit to the US and Australia, when he reached out to the Indian diaspora there by showing the international community the popularity he enjoys among them. 

Chinese Drama 'Amber' Staged in Germany

China Daily | Feb 1, 2015

Actor Zhang Yicheng and actress Kong Yan perform in the drama "Amber", directed by Chinese director Meng Jinghui, at Thalia Theater, in Hamburg, Germany,on Jan 29, 2015.

Cuban Deputy Culture Minister Visits Venezuela

Cuba News Agency | Feb 1, 2015

We're making a working visit to Venezuela, primarily for sharing with the cultural authorities of the country and to publicize the work of Cuban collaborators of the Cultural Mission Corazon Adentro, Fernando Rojas, Deputy Minister of Culture of Cuba, said in Venezuela.

Standstill in Israeli Diplomacy Due to 'Wait and See' Attitude, Not Desire for Status Quo

i24 News | Jan 31, 2015

A new election campaign brings about new stereotypes. It is now very common to hear that Israel does everything to maintain a policy of status quo with its neighbors, including the Palestinians. Looking at Israeli public opinion in the last twenty years, however, tells us that the opposite is true. If one takes election results as reliable indicators, it is possible to identify three characteristic phases in the mood of the Israeli public. 

Power of Social Media in Modern Diplomacy

Media for Freedom | Jan 31, 2015

The United Nations is holding its first ever Social Media Day at its New York Headquarters today, in an event featuring social media professionals, digital diplomacy practitioners and academics who are sharing their experiences, discussing trends and proving insights into their work.

Boko Haram Refugees Straining Local Resources In Nigeria, Aid Groups Say

International Business Times | Jan 31, 2015

As Boko Haram attacks increase in northern Nigeria, millions of refugees fleeing the Islamist insurgent group are creating a strain on local resources, aid groups say. More than a million Nigerians have been displaced as they attempt to flee Boko Haram’s violent attacks, according to the International Organization for Migration. They have settled in various cities around northern Nigeria, leaving aid groups and the Nigerian government scrambling to keep up with the growing demand for food and supplies.

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