Soft Power Used to Protect RI from IS Threat

The Jakarta Post | Sep 15, 2014

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto has said that the government is employing soft power to protect Indonesians from the influence of Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIL, militants.

Development Community ‘Needs a More Joined-Up Approach’ to Tackling Conflict

The Guardian | Sep 15, 2014

The development community can no longer “stick its head in the sand” when it comes to tackling the political, economic and social issues that lie at the roots of fundamentalism, conflict and inequality, the head of a leading research centre has warned.

Australia Contributing Planes for Anti-IS Campaign

Watertown Public Opinion | Sep 15, 2014

Terrorists will use Australia's deployment of troops and war planes to the Middle East as an excuse to target Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned on Monday.  Australia is preparing to contribute 600 troops and up to 10 military aircraft to the increasingly aggressive campaign against the Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, the government announced on Sunday.

Britain’s Latest Soft Power Weapon in China is Equal Part Comedy and Tragedy

Quartz | Sep 15, 2014

The British government is spending £1.5 million ($2.44 million) to have all of Shakespeare’s works translated into Mandarin by the Royal Shakespeare company. UK culture secretary Sajid Javid said he hopes the move will build “stronger links with China.”

‘Madam Secretary’ Spotlights D.C. Diplomacy

Politico | Sep 15, 2014

One of this fall’s newest political TV shows trades in the drama of an Oval Office affair for foreign affairs — and PTA meetings too. Adding to the growing line up of political programs, CBS will premiere “Madam Secretary,” on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. EST. The show, with executive producers Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman, stars Tea Leoni as Elizabeth McCord — a former CIA analyst who is suddenly asked to leave her life in academia behind to take the reins at the State Department.

Consul General of Israel speaks at Chabad Event

The Daily Trojan | Sep 15, 2014

“I’m here as an official representative of the state of Israel to say thank you to the Jewish National Fund for all the great work that they’ve done, and bring the message from Israel to the students,” Ido Aharoni said. Aharoni cultivated the concept of “nation branding” and founded the organization “Brand Israel,” a coalition of seven marketing and communication executives. The organizations aims to redirect the existing conversation about Israel.

Former US Ambassador Christopher Hill Reveals How Diplomacy Really Works and Why ISIS is Such a Threat

News Au | Sep 15, 2014

Now a former US ambassador who has negotiated his way through some of the world’s most tense political moments says the current threat of the Islamic State is equally severe. “Today we are confronting some of the most difficult problems we’ve had in a long time. Some of them are amenable to some process of negotiation but unfortunately many are not,” Christopher Hill told

Battered Egypt Tourism Could Fully Recover in 2015: Minister

Al Arabiya | Sep 15, 2014

Egypt’s tourism industry, battered by three years of political upheaval, violence and street protests, could fully recover by the end of next year if regional turmoil does not spread to the Arab world’s biggest country, the tourism minister said. 


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