How Soft Power Could Help Ease Mexico’s Crisis

Fusion | Aug 4, 2015

Mexico’s image has rarely been this deteriorated. Nothing remains of the celebration sparked by the so-called “Pact for Mexico,” a 2012 initiative from the ruling party that served as a global example of political civility by achieving consensus among rival lawmakers to pass the country’s structural reforms.

Iran to Partially Lift Ban on BBC

Global Voices | Aug 4, 2015

Iran's Tasnim news agency has reported an announcement by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance about lifting the ban on BBC operations inside of Iran. The Ministry is responsible for Iran's domestic and foreign press regulations.

How an Arab Art Museum is Sparking Dialogue in a Small Israeli Town

The Huffington Post | Aug 4, 2015

Though some museums shy away from the politics of art, hoping to keep them in separate realms, AMOCAH does no such thing. The museum’s opening exhibit directly addresses its community-oriented role. Titled "HIWAR," the word translates roughly into English as “dialogue,” but more precisely denotes a conversation between two plus people or parties working together toward a positive resolution without animosity.

Deepening U.S. Engagement With African Youth Through #YALI2015

Dipnote | Aug 4, 2015

The expansion of YALI programs over the past five years has allowed the United States to connect with more young Africans than ever before. To date, tens of thousands of young African men and women have increased their skills, professional networks, and resolve in driving positive change in Africa.

Muhammadiyah and Indonesia’s International Identity

The Jakarta Post | Aug 4, 2015

Without the support of Muhammadiyah leaders, it would not have been possible for the Indonesian government to achieve such public diplomacy objectives. It was Muhammadiyah leaders, together with other moderate Muslim leaders in other organizations such Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) who played an instrumental role in presenting the moderate face of Indonesian Islam in the international arena. 

How Public Diplomacy Can Enhance Turkey-NATO Relations

CPD Blog | Aug 4, 2015

Turkish public response to NATO can hardly be separated from unfavorable public opinion about the United States, since NATO has been largely led by the U.S. Therefore, the waning of American credibility has simultaneously affected Turkish public support for NATO. 

International Organization for Migration Trains Ghana Border Officials in Ebola Screening

Ghana Business News | Aug 3, 2015

Another key component of IOM’s intervention will be community mobilization activities aiming at empowering community leaders to raise awareness and increase their communities’ knowledge on the causes, symptoms and modes of prevention of EVD in order to positively influence their communities and promote behaviour change.

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor … the Europeans Embracing Migrants

The Guardian | Aug 3, 2015

Away from the xenophobic hysteria aimed at desperate immigrants are people taking steps to help newcomers and promote the good things they bring. [...] But on a local level, there are thousands of people across the continent who are braving the vitriol of their peers, and filling the void left by the politicians.

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