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.

Can the United States Counter ISIS Propaganda?

Brookings | Jun 29, 2015

A few days ago, the New York Times reported on a leaked memo written by Richard Stengel, the State Department's under secretary for public diplomacy, who criticized America's foreign partners in the effort to counter the Islamic State's propaganda. It's the latest chapter in the U.S. government's decade-long saga to counter jihadist propaganda, which Greg Miller and Scott Higham documented so thoroughly last month in the Washington Post. 

Hamas Launches English-Language Website

Breit Bart | Jun 29, 2015

The Gaza-ruling Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has launched a new English-language website in an attempt to shore up its public diplomacy efforts. “We have launched our English website because we believe that communication matters,” the jihadi group said on its Twitter page. “And because we value your opinions and cherish diversity, we have also added a contact button,” the terror entity wrote in another tweet, adding a smiley face emoticon at the end of the message.

China to Hold Majority Stake in New Development Bank Signaling Growing Soft Power

IBN Live | Jun 29, 2015

Beijing: China will hold a 30.34 percent stake in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Finance Ministry said on Monday, making Beijing the largest shareholder in a multilateral institution that will project the country's growing soft power. China will have 26.06 percent of the voting rights in the bank, a Chinese-led development bank that will rival institutions such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. Countries defined as "within the region" will hold a 75 percent stake in the bank, the mi

Personal Contacts Central to EU-China Relations

The Parliament Magazine | Jun 29, 2015

This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations, with joint events and initiatives in education, research, youth and culture - both in China and in the EU. A central part of EU-China relations are personal contacts. That is why the EU-China high level people-to-people dialogue, launched in 2012, is so important. It brings people together, allowing us to discuss common challenges and to deepen mutual understanding and friendship, while fully respecting our differences.

Global Health vis-à-vis Diplomacy

Diplomatic Courier | Jun 28, 2015

Global health diplomacy is the interdisciplinary field where health sciences, including medicine, meet policy-making. A simple definition would struggle to capture the broad spectrum covered by this emerging field, which exceeds the disciplinary boundaries of public policy and health sciences. The discipline relies on training, advanced research and critical exploration of cultural, social and political affairs and their relation to healthcare.

Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Diplomacy Trainwreck: His “Big Bang in Pyongyang” Goes Out with a Whimper

Salon | Jun 28, 2015

The problem with “Dennis Rodman: Big Bang in Pyongyang,” primarily, is that the filmmakers decided to make a film about Dennis Rodman going to North Korea. The 93-minute documentary promises the unmistakable stench of a shit-show just in the title alone. So it’s not that surprising to discover that “Dennis Rodman: Big Bang in Pyongyang” is awful — both in the “shock and awe” sort of awful, as well as in the “absolutely terrible and affronting to humanity” kind of way.

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