Pittsburgh Pair Plans Rare Trip To Iran For American Classical Musicians

Trib Live | Apr 20, 2015

Iranian-born composer Reza Vali, a Carnegie Mellon University music professor, will travel to Iran with the Carpe Diem String Quartet of Ohio for the Fajr International Music Festival in February 2016.

The U.S.’ Image Among Shia Muslims

CPD Blog | Apr 20, 2015

More military and diplomatic support for Arab dictators not only keeps damaging the U.S.’ image among democratically-oriented Sunnis, but also fans the fire raging in the hearts and minds of the Shia population.

U.S., Philippines Add Muscle to Military Drills

The Wall Street Journal | Apr 20, 2015

The U.S. military and Philippines armed forces kicked off their biggest joint exercises in 15 years on Monday, at a time of distress in Manila over China’s island-building program in the South China Sea.

China's Road Rules

Foreign Affairs | Apr 20, 2015

One Belt, One Road calls for increased diplomatic coordination, standardized and linked trade facilities, free trade zones and other trade facilitation policies, financial integration promoting the renminbi, and people-to-people cultural education programs throughout nations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

NBA Diplomacy Can Build Bridges Between U.S., Cuba

Orlando Sentinel | Apr 20, 2015

Orlando Magic interim coach James Borrego will become a bit of an experimental gym rat when he visits Havana for a three-day trip that begins on Thursday. He doesn't speak much Spanish. He doesn't know much about Cuba. Never been, in fact. Not sure if he's ever experienced the taste sensation known as a mojito. But he knows basketball. And he knows about the power of sports to be able to bridge cultures and political ideologies.

Billboards in Iran Say ‘Death to America,’ but Officials Say ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

The New York Times | Apr 20, 2015

With the United States and Iran currently negotiating a nuclear deal under which those sanctions would eventually be lifted, some American companies are now hoping for new business opportunities in a country that has long been off limits.

Saudi Arabia Signals a More Muscular Foreign Policy Less Reliant on U.S.

Los Angeles Times | Apr 20, 2015

Although the Saudis like to emphasize their independence from U.S. policy, Western analysts say their actions thus far have not seriously challenged Western strategic interests in the region. The airstrikes in Yemen, for example, have not jeopardized the multinational nuclear talks.

UAE on Mission to Defend Acts of Arab Coalition

Portland Press Herald | Apr 20, 2015

When President Obama meets at the White House Monday with crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, he’ll be in conversation with a small, deep-pocketed Persian Gulf country that has mastered the art of public diplomacy to practically re-engineer Hollywood’s perception of Arab culture.

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