UK Aid Risks Promoting US Models of Democracy, MPs Say

The Guardian | Jan 27, 2015

The Department for International Development’s (DfID) extensive use of US organisations to strengthen parliaments in developing countries risks using British taxpayers’ money to promote “less accountable” American-style political systems at the expense of those based on the Westminster model, MPs have warned.

The Art of U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Foreign Policy | Jan 27, 2015

Another major voice in Pakistan questioning the national narratives has been that of the Ajoka Theatre group. Ajoka (meaning “dawn of a new day” in Punjabi) gave three performances in Washington, D.C., this past weekend, presented by the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics and the Department of Performing Arts at Georgetown University. These performances were part of the laboratory’s two-year Myriad Voices Festival that aims to expand awareness and understanding about Muslim societies through the performing arts.

PR Firms Ought To Say ‘No’ Once In a While

New York Observer | Jan 27, 2015

Corporate Europe Observatory, a Brussels based think-tank released an enlightening research report this week entitled “Spin doctors to the autocrats: how European PR firms whitewash repressive regimes.” It reveals how often the PR industry faces ethical challenges with big money being dangled in front of us to represent controversial interests. 

 

Obama’s Chewing Gum Habit: A Diplomatic Faux Pas in India?

Yahoo News | Jan 27, 2015

President Obama, in India for a state visit, was chided by local press after he was spotted chewing gum during Monday’s Republic Day parade, which celebrates the day that India’s 1950 constitution went into effect.

U.S. to Give $1 Billion to Fund Immunizations

Wall Street Journal | Jan 26, 2015

The U.S. government plans to donate $1 billion over the next four years to GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, to fund immunizations for millions of children in developing countries.

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.

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