US Ambassador to Russia Wants to Improve Relations Between US, Russia

Sputnik News | Nov 24, 2014

US ambassador to Russia said that he would like to expand contacts and cultural ties between Russia and the United States.  Relations between Russia and the US have been strained in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. 

4 Ways to Strengthen Global Development Locally

Devex | Nov 24, 2014

Finding local solutions to global development challenges is among the trending topics in international development. Donor agencies emphasize this to varying degrees, but all recognize that local ownership of development is a key ingredient for success.

The Case for a More Proactive U.S. Public Diplomacy

Huffington Post | Nov 24, 2014

Much of American public diplomacy, like much of the rest of U.S. foreign policy, is reactive. When a crisis erupts, policymakers respond as best they can to limit the damage. In this social media era, they are often outpaced by those who are better prepared to use new communication tools to deliver their messages.

The Global Search for Education: What's the News from Pakistan?

Huffington Post | Nov 24, 2014

Pakistan is not only looking up, with more students completing education programs, but is also showing its own leadership, and thus growing independently from external aid. Sir Michael shared what he learned from this process and some of the facts about how he accomplished this feat in the dialogue that follows.


Modi in Nepal: Religion and Diplomacy

The Indian Express | Nov 24, 2014

Many liberals in Nepal and India have long been concerned that the victory of Narendra Modi in the last general elections might undermine India’s secular foundations, “saffronise” India’s foreign policy, project the Hindutva agenda into Nepal and empower the much despised royalists in that country.

Najib Underlines Challenges in Hyperconnected World

The Sun Daily | Nov 24, 2014

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has warned the Rakyat not to misuse the internet in spreading lies and hatred that could destroy the foundation of a multiracial society in Malaysia.

The Future of Chinese Arts and Creative Industries

Forbes | Nov 24, 2014

Last month China’s president Xi Jinping presented his pragmatic vision for China’s arts and creative industries. (...)Whereas his predecessor Hu Jintao saw culture as a means to boost China’s global prestige and soft power, Xi is as concerned with shaping China’s hearts and minds.

Venezuela Counts on Aid from China During Financial Crisis

China Daily | Nov 23, 2014

As Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro grapples with chronic shortages of consumer goods and the world's highest inflation rate at 63 percent, he has turned to China for help.


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