Hula Hoop Diplomacy: My Time in the North Korean Limelight

| May 28, 2015

Hula Hoop Diplomacy: My Time in the North Korean Limelight

Budgets, Diplomacy and Australia’s Foreign Aid

THE DIPLOMAT | May 28, 2015

Australian diplomacy is going through an “unsettled period.”

Was the Minnesota Orchestra's Trip to Cuba Good Diplomacy?

MINNPOST | May 28, 2015

The Minnesota Orchestra recently returned from a highly publicized and well-received trip to Cuba that has left many people in both countries feeling good about improving relations between Cubans and Americans, as well as their governments.

What is 'Zen' Diplomacy? From Chinese Monk to Ambassador

OUPblog | May 27, 2015

In 1654, a Chinese monk arrived in Japan. His name was Yinyuan Longqi (1592-1673), a Zen master who claimed to have inherited the authentic dharma transmission—the passing of the Buddha’s teaching from teacher to student—from the Linji (Rinzai) sect in China. This claim gave him tremendous authority in China, as without it a Zen teacher cannot be considered for leading a Zen community 

A New Global Order of Cities

Financial Times | May 27, 2015

The most important characteristic of the 21st century is the rise of cities. The world may obsess over whether a “Chinese century” is replacing an American one. But the real action is not in nations — but in their urban centres. 

Culture is a Key to China Trade

ArtsHub | May 27, 2015

China will not do business with countries that don't also offer both cultural and political relationships.

How an Ayatollah’s Daughter Came to Preach Peace Between Israel and Iran

Gant Daily | May 27, 2015

Maryam Faghih Imani seems an unlikely candidate to give an address that will touch on making peace between Israelis and Iranians, as she will at an international forum in Oslo Wednesday. After all, she grew up the daughter of one of Iran’s most prominent ayatollahs. She spent her summers in the city of Isfahan playing with the children of other prominent ayatollahs, including those of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Cities Aim to Think, Solve Problems Globally

Next City | May 27, 2015

How do some of the most successful, leading cities in the world solve their problems? They steal the solutions — from other cities.

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