Israeli Public Diplomacy: Between Fusion and Confusion

CPD Blog | Jan 26, 2015

Last week, the Jerusalem Post announced a new joint venture between the Israeli Prime Minister's office and StandWithUS, a nonprofit organization, aimed at training university students on how to use social media to educate the world about Israel. 

Azerbaijan to Open Cultural Centers in France

Azer News | Jan 26, 2015

France has ratified an intergovernmental agreement with Azerbaijan on the establishment of cultural centers between the two countries.  The MPs noted the importance of this agreement in expanding bilateral and cultural relations between the two sides.

Obama Watches Display of India’s Military and Soft Power

Day and Night News | Jan 26, 2015

A day after sending out a clear message to the world about India’s prime place in the United State’s vision for the Asia-Pacific and beyond, its President Barack Obama was today witnessed as chief guest on the country’s Republic Day Parade, a display of India’s both military might and its soft power.

Japan Takes Soft-Power Push to U.S. Campus

Wall Street Journal | Jan 26, 2015

In the Japanese government’s new budget, one small item stands out: a $5 million grant to Columbia University in New York to fund a position for a professor of Japanese politics and foreign policy.

Yoga Diplomacy

Foreign Affairs | Jan 26, 2015

India has long seemed unable or unwilling to become a major player on the world stage. But the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is looking to change all that. In order to compensate for a small and weak foreign service, he is tapping into India’s considerable soft power: its emigrants, intellectuals, and yogis.

US-Belgian Initiative is Blueprint for Muslim Engagement

The Hill | Jan 26, 2015

A good Muslim engagement strategy supported by the U.S. proved effective in 2005 in Belgium in creating a model for how to engage 500,000 Muslims largely from Turkey and Morocco. The U.S. Embassy in Brussels, together with nongovernmental organizations and private sponsors from the United States and Belgium, brought together an impressive group of American Muslims to meet with an equally impressive group of Belgian Muslims to discuss everyday practical issues regarding Muslim participation in society.

Indian Ambassador: Public Diplomacy Helps Boost Belarus-India Ties

Belarusian News | Jan 26, 2015

The diplomat emphasized the importance of arranging Belarus-India cultural events, soirees and exhibitions. In an interview with BelTA, the Indian Ambassador noted that the year 2015 will be very fruitful for the bilateral cooperation. The year will mark a number of important visits and a session of the Belarus-India intergovernmental commission for trade and economy. 

When Politics and Beauty Pageants Collide: A 'Diplomatic' Dance

CNN | Jan 25, 2015

The Instagram controversy is the latest example showing that pageants occur "in a broader international context," Trisko Darden said in a Guardian column last week.

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