Why Cities Will Be Vital Players at Paris Climate Talks

Huffington Post | Jun 30, 2015

Over the next few days, leaders from cities, local governments and other organizations around the world will gather in Lyon, France. It is an important step toward COP21, the UN conference on climate change that will happen in Paris in December. The bold actions taken not only by local leaders but also by all the range of non-state actors to reduce greenhouse gases place them at the forefront of the fight against climate change.

Thomas Pickering on Diplomacy, Iran, Korea, Russia, Realpolitik, and the Ethics of War

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists | Jun 30, 2015

Diplomat Thomas R. Pickering draws upon his 40 years of experience in the US State Department to give the Bulletin’s Dan Drollette Jr.

Program Creates Citizen Diplomacy

Mohave Daily News | Jun 30, 2015

International exchange students who have a good experience while in the country become friends of the United States. “That’s the goal of the J-1 Visa Program,” said Sharon Peters, Council for Education Travel manager.

Baku's 'soft power' European Games: Sport or PR?

Al Jazeera | Jun 30, 2015

The 2015 European Games may have lacked the coverage of the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup, but for Azerbaijan where they are set to come to a close, they have been a source of pride for the government. President Ilham Aliyev invested heavily in the 17-day competition, spending in the region of $1.2bn on state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure. For Aliyev, the event was an opportunity to showcase Azerbaijan to the world as an exciting and dynamic country. Some foreign report

Russian Soft Power In Central Asia

Radio Free Europe | Jun 30, 2015

The Kremlin surprised nearly everyone when it unleashed its media machine on the world after the pro-Moscow president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, was chased from power in February 2014 and Ukraine fell into division and conflict. Moscow's version of events was available on television, radio, and in print media in dozens of languages in dozens of countries and the selective storytelling of these outlets succeeded in raising doubts in some peoples' minds as to who was telling the truth about events in Ukraine: Western media or Russian media.

Cultural Exchange in Minot

Minot Daily News | Jun 30, 2015

The Minot Area Council for International Visitors hosted 13 Sudanese visitors from June 11-13 in Minot. The visitors, all paramount chiefs in their country, came to the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of State to learn about "Creating an Inclusive National Public Dialogue."During their time in Minot, the visitors met with the directors of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and the YWCA.

Tourism Board Sells Cultural Offerings With More Subtle Approach

Straits Times | Jun 29, 2015

Singapore has progressed from merlions and orchids to street food and star violinists parachuted onto international stages. But the latest attempt by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to conquer hearts and minds in Beijing, London and New York is taking a more subtle turn. Singapore Inside Out, the three-city tour of Singapore art and design, wrapped up its five-day gig in London yesterday. Strategically opening in London's hip (and some say h

Food Diplomacy the Tatar Way

The Jakarta Post | Jun 29, 2015

Dzenetta Bogdanowicz has become famous as “the ambassador of the Tatar community”. Serving traditional home cooking, even British Prince Charles stopped by her Tatar house in Kruzniany, a small town in the eastern part of Poland, to get a taste of her famous dishes. [...] “I just want to welcome all people to our home,” Bogdanowicz answered when she was asked why she opened up her house to visitors.

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