Why Did Park Geun-hye Mark the End of World War II in Beijing?

Forbes | Sep 3, 2015

Sino-ROK normalization has brought enormous economic and trade benefits to both countries, but over two decades of ever-closer “partnership” between Beijing and Seoul, South Korea has never gained the level of strategic support from Beijing that it has desired as leverage in dealing with North Korea. 

The Chevening/BAE Systems Oman Scholarships Launched in Muscat

Zawya | Sep 3, 2015

BAE Systems , the global defense, security and aerospace company, has shown its commitment to advancing higher education with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British Embassy in Oman to sponsor The Chevening/ BAE Systems Oman.

Turkey’s Foreign Aid: Who is the Target Audience?

CPD Blog | Sep 3, 2015

In the past few years, Turkey has taken upwards of two million Syrian refugees into the country and provided large quantities of aid to them as well. Aid to Syrian refugees has increased the overall humanitarian aid Turkey gives each year and this spending is seemingly aimed at increasing Turkey’s soft power internationally, and regionally with the Middle East. Often we in Turkey hear ideas from major media outlets about supporting the Middle East based on shared culture and religion, or a shared historical Ottoman legacy.

Cultural Centers Could Bring India's Soft Power to the World Stage

Huffington Post | Sep 2, 2015

As India enters its 70th year of independence and its status on the world stage grows, its position within Asia becomes more critical. It's high time India consciously, calculatingly and coordinately uses its ample soft power to its advantage. One way is to open a global chain of "Gandhi Centers."

Shakespeare Gets Hip-Hop Treatment With App

New York Times | Sep 2, 2015

Eminem called himself a “modern-day Shakespeare” in 2001. Now the Royal Shakespeare Company is trying to further bridge the gap between rap and the writer: They’ve created an app with Samsung, “RE: Shakespeare,” which remixes Shakespeare through a hip-hop lens.

The "Open Your Culture" Embassies' Festival Starts Today in Bucharest

Act Media | Sep 2, 2015

Fifty embassies, cultural institutes and international organizations will participate September 1 through 5 in the "Open Your Culture" Embassies' Festival aimed at promoting cultural diversity and the art of the countries with diplomatic missions in Romania. 

Panda-plomacy: How Americans are Paying a Fortune for China’s Public Diplomacy

CPD Blog | Sep 2, 2015

It’s great publicity for the zoo, but it’s also great publicity for China, where these pandas come from, “on loan.” But how often do you read about how much the U.S. is paying for this Chinese public diplomacy bonanza?

Could Trash Talk Bring Iran and Saudi Arabia Together?

Foreign Policy | Sep 2, 2015

A modest proposal for how Lebanon’s garbage could bring an end to the fiercest rivalry in the Middle East. What’s the connection between the garbage piling up on the streets of Lebanon and the war in Syria? The geopolitical rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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