PM Narendra Modi Keen on Projecting India As a ‘Soft Power’, Uses Buddha Connect in Foreign Policy

The Economic Times | May 5, 2015

India is likely to bolster its 'Look East Act East' policy with a good dose of Buddhism and project it as a cultural and civilisational bridge with the countries in South East Asia. Modi himself gave enough indications of this in his speech on Monday.

The Legacy of Maya Plisetskaya, Cold War-Era Bolshoi Ballerina

Newsweek | May 5, 2015

Plisetskaya’s U.S. debut came at a time when ballet made prominent headlines in America—in part because of its role as a tool of Cold War cultural diplomacy between the U.S. and Soviet Union—and dancers regularly became household names. The Bolshoi made the cover of Newsweek the week before we wrote about Plisetskaya’s arrival.

Germany's ICD to Support Nigerian Youth With Scholarships

Pulse.ng | May 5, 2015

The Berlin Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has unveiled plans to support Nigerian youths get access to higher education opportunities. The Institute's Nigerian Representative said it has concluded arrangements to launch an international programme to enable access to educational/professional development opportunities and scholarships.

Tehran Intl. Book Fair Aims to Create Dialogue With World

Tehran Times | May 5, 2015

The 28th Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) opened on Tuesday at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla with the motto “Reading, Dialogue with the World”. President Hassan Rouhani and a number of Iranian and foreign officials attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition, which is one of Iran’s major cultural events.

Op-Ed: Walter Isaacson on U.S. Media and Public Diplomacy

Digitial Journal | May 5, 2015

U.S. international media outreach is in a deep crisis in the period of intensifying anti-American propaganda, particularly on foreign pseudo-news websites and social media. It's a matter of concern for a lot of Americans, including, among others, former U.S. Secretaries of State George Shultz and Hillary Clinton. 

PM Narendra Modi Wields Soft Power to Befriend Chinese

Business Standard | May 5, 2015

Ahead of his visit to China—from May 14 to 16—India’s social-media friendly Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the Chinese social media platform Weibo to connect with Chinese citizens. (Hello China! Looking forward to interacting with Chinese friends through Weibo)”, Prime Minister said through his social media account.

Unmaking of an Adversarial Relationship: How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?

Huffington Post | May 5, 2015

Two years after his election, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is about to go down in history as a leader who defused an intense and bitter conflict that could have led to a military attack on Iran. A nuclear deal that the majority of Iranians hope will bring an end to the isolation of Iran, much needed relief from international sanctions, and a new chapter in U.S.-Iran relations is now in sight. If other enemy countries have faced each other on the battlefield and ultimately managed to work out their differences, why is it impossible for Iran and the United States to do the latter?

Russia's Media Offensive Seen by the West as Real Threat

The Moscow Times | May 4, 2015

Western governments and institutions are scrambling to devise a commensurate response to Russia's state-run media offensive, analysts told The Moscow Times on Wednesday amid a wave of reports of Western governments seeking to beef up their own media capabilities.

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