Soft Power: The Vaccine Against Oppression

Breaking Defense | Nov 26, 2014

 As General Myers, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has observed, “every dollar spent on the soft power of ideas is worth 100 in hard power.”(...) In the years ahead, no matter who controls the White House or Congress, our nation must focus more of our efforts on soft power.

Learning from EU

My Republica | Nov 26, 2014

The European Union (EU) is hopeful that progress can be made on many issues affecting the South Asia Region at the 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu.

Column: Truce, Not Breakthrough, Avoids Hard Choices by US and Iran

Voice of America | Nov 26, 2014

After failing to reach their own deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement, the world’s major powers and Iran settled for an extended truce that avoids the hard political choices that neither Washington nor Tehran could make.

Is Erdogan Rewriting History?

Al Jazeera | Nov 25, 2014

Erdogan has always enjoyed challenging common narratives. In doing so, he appeals to Muslim public opinion both domestically and internationally.  Despite recent setbacks, he still believes that he represents the Muslim world.

Selling “Brand India” in Vietnam

The Diplomat | Nov 25, 2014

Since the election of Narendra Modi as India’s Prime Minister, New Delhi has appeared determined to create “Brand India” by harnessing its soft power resources. This was very much on display at the meeting Modi had with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, during the latter’s visit to New Delhi late last month.

Koala Diplomacy, the Australian Soft Power-Based Foreign Policy

Jagran Josh | Nov 25, 2014

Koala diplomacy involved world leaders getting photographed and cuddling with Koala named Jimbelung- the furry grey animals, shy native marsupials of Australia. Jimbelung, which means friend in a local Aboriginal dialect, was later gifted to Japan.

Musical Ode to Xi Jinping and His Wife Goes Viral

New York Times | Nov 25, 2014

A musical homage to President Xi Jinping of China and his wife, Peng Liyuan, has circulated widely online in recent days, a sign of how the public face of Chinese leadership has changed since Mr. Xi took office two years ago.

U.S. Moral Tutelage of Thailand

International Policy Digest | Nov 25, 2014

The U.S. State Department has condemned Thailand for its failure to live up to standards we set for the treatment of migrant workers.

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