The ABC in China: Australian Soft Power?

The Conversation | Apr 20, 2014

The news that the ABC is to establish an ‘online portal’ in China that will allow it to ‘represent and sell media content across China’ has been greeted with understandable enthusiasm by the ABC.

The End of the Soft Power Age

Today's Zaman | Apr 20, 2014

The soft-power age has almost ended. The key players of global politics no longer use their soft power to influence other states, nor the general route of international politics. Worse, there are not many actors with the ability to perform decisively at the international level.

In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin

New York Times | Apr 20, 2014

Even as the crisis inUkraine continues to defy easy resolution, President Obama and his national security team are looking beyond the immediate conflict to forge a new long-term approach to Russiathat applies an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment.

Report: Jordan Media Freedom Down in 2013

Al Jazeera | Apr 20, 2014

Press freedom in Jordan regressed last year, particularly after changes to the country’s publications and press law and government moves to block hundreds of online media sites, a new report has revealed.

Language Lessons: Why English Doesn’t Borrow Much From Chinese

Wall Street Journal | Apr 20, 2014

As languages go, English is a notoriously promiscuous one, borrowing caricatures from Italian, chutzpah from Yiddish and faux pas from French. And yet despite the English-speaking world’s deep and wide confluences with Chinese culture, for some reason, few Chinese words have lately entered the English-speaking world’s vocabulary.

Congress Needs to Hit the 'Reset' Button on Public Diplomacy

The Foundry | Apr 19, 2014

George Kennan knew a thing or two about how nations treat one another. In 1946, while serving as deputy chief of the U.S. mission in Moscow, he penned “the long telegram.” That assessment of what motivated the Soviet Union shaped U.S. policy toward Moscow for decades.

Selling America to the World

CNN | Apr 19, 2014

From Kiev to Damascus, Moscow to Caracas, there are very few international conflicts and debates where the actions and position of the United States is not influential. In Ukraine, the United States stands solidly behind the interim government, and slapped some sanctions on Russian officials after Moscow annexed Crimea.

Erdogan Challenges Social Media in Top Turkish Court

Al Arabiya | Apr 19, 2014

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan applied to Turkey's constitutional court on Friday to challenge the alleged violation of his and his family's rights by social media, a senior official in his office told Reuters.

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