International Olympic Committee Chooses Beijing for 2022 Winter Games

npr | Aug 1, 2015

China's capital, Beijing, became the first city in the world to be chosen to host both the summer and winter Olympic Games. It beat out a bid from Kazakhstan. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has the reaction from Beijing.

Can the U.S. Counter ISIS on Social Media?

The Huffington Post | Aug 1, 2015

Led by the inter-agency Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), the Obama administration has taken the war on ISIS to social media platforms such as Twitter and YouTube, where such initiatives as the Think Again Turn Away (@ThinkAgain_DOS) have emerged. This campaign aims to counter-radicalization and dissuade young Muslims from joining ISIS.

Netanyahu Will Address U.S. Jews on Iran Deal in Live Webcast Speech

haaretz | Aug 1, 2015

Netanyahu will be reaching out to the American Jewish community in a live webcast next Tuesday, reports said, addressing the agreement and its implications for Israel, the Middle East and the world. A question and answer period will follow his remarks, according to an email invitation.

Iranian and Israeli Special Olympics Athletes Pose an Example for Sports Diplomacy

Good Magazine | Jul 31, 2015

Since their fateful meeting the two teams have encountered one another on several occasions—most notably during the Opening Ceremony, when a delegate from Iran passed the torch to a delegate from Israel. Kirsten Suto Seckler, Chief Marketing Officer for the games said it was a deliberate decision by the Special Olympics organizing committee to “send a powerful message.”

"Soft Power": The Values that Shape Russian Foreign Policy

Carnegie Council | Jul 31, 2015

In the increasingly frigid environment of U.S.-Russia relations, much attention is given to what may be seen as Russia's strategic "interests." [...] Of at least equal significance for understanding Russian attitudes, however, is a grasp of the values, the moral framework for Russia's foreign policy.

Wise-Cracking U.S. Celebrities Endorse Iran Deal

Digital Journal | Jul 31, 2015

Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy.

'Tangerines' Is a Passionate Plea for Diplomacy and Coexistence

Pop Matters | Jul 31, 2015

Like Joyeux Noël (2005), The Last Samurai (2003), and The Pianist (2002), Tangerines is a war film about enemy soldiers who become friends after they are forced to interact with one another. The point is to highlight the various reasons why people fight, and then to show why these reasons are inadequate. [...] The film is a passionate plea for diplomacy and coexistence. Urushadze creates a cinematic world where enemy soldiers can lay down their weapons and have a conversation.

The Triennial World Ballet Festival Brings Classics, Rarities, and International Dance Talent to Tokyo

Japan Times | Jul 31, 2015

In addition to cultural exchange, Malakhov sees the World Ballet Festival as a premium chance to get a look at the future of dance. [...] “It is a chance not only for the audience to see such a diverse range of professional dancers, but it is also a chance for the artists to watch and learn from their fellow dancers.”

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