Obama’s Cuba Policy Tests His Power of Engagement

SFGate | Dec 19, 2014

The Cuba announcement is the latest example of “soft power,’’ much ridiculed in an age of terrorism, religious extremism and regional warfare. It’s a policy that taps nonmilitary advantages such as technology, financial power and open institutions to push American ideals. 

US Global Aid Chief to Resign; Oversaw Secret Cuba Programs

Yahoo News | Dec 19, 2014

The head of the nation's global development agency said Wednesday he will step down from his post in February, following an announcement by the U.S. government that it would start talks toward restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Sino-US Youth Elite Project "Access China" Successfully Launched

eTurboNews | Dec 19, 2014

As one of the major events of the China-U.S. High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, "Access China" plays a significant role in promoting Sino-US cultural and educational exchanges and strengthening development and cooperation in the areas of culture and education.

Transatlantic Exchanges: No Better Investment in the Future

The Hill | Dec 19, 2014

The U.S.-European partnership is central to addressing problems requiring a global response. The commitment of young people to transatlantic problem-solving will depend in large part on their personal experience. There is no better way to inform young people and to make a life-lasting impression than through exchange programs.

There’s Nothing Egalitarian About Deep Cuts to Foreign Aid

The Guardian | Dec 19, 2014

At a time when the world is giving more to aid, Australia has cut its aid budget by a quarter. What does this say about the kind of country [they] want to be?

The Modus Operandi of Putin’s Russia

ECFR | Dec 19, 2014

The idea of Russian “soft power” became fashionable, but it was very different to European “soft power”. So-called Russian soft power was just “softer power”, including any means of coercion not involving tanks. It was, in the English phrase, “softly-softly” power, or “covert power”, the type of behind-the-scenes influence encapsulated in the Russian phrase kuluarna polityka – politics in corridors, not just away from public influence, but without formal record.

Ethiopian Public Diplomacy Delegation in Cairo

All Africa | Dec 19, 2014

On the occasion, Speaker of the House of People's Representatives, Honorable Abadula Gemeda said, "Ethiopia and Egypt have very long standing historical, religious, cultural and social relations." (...) He stressed the point that Ethiopia and Egypt need to foster cooperation in areas including education, trade, tourism and investment.

Tourists Behaving Badly: China's Image Problem

The Diplomat | Dec 19, 2014

There is a disconnect between China’s growing national power and the international image of the Chinese people.

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