US Bars Diplomats From Ice Bucket Challenge 'No Matter How Worthy'

The Guardian (UK) | Aug 21, 2014

The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don’t look for US diplomats to get in on the fun.

Teen Scholarship Winner Heads to China in Line with Diplomatic Priorities

AFS-USA | Aug 21, 2014

This Fall, Houston area high school student, Karen Ortega, will embark on a yearlong study abroad program in China with AFS. For ten months Karen, who has never traveled outside of the U.S., will live leave behind everything she knows to live with a Chinese host family, study in a Chinese high school and gain an intimate understanding of Chinese culture.

Watching WHO: Public Diplomacy and the People’s Health Movement

CPD Blog | Aug 21, 2014

Diplomacy expert Manuel Castells defined public diplomacy as “the projection in the international arena of the values and ideas of the public." Perhaps no other international entity embodies that definition better than the People’s Health Movement (PHM), a global network that brings together grassroots health activists, civil society organizations, and academic institutions from more than 70 countries.

An Open Letter to the Iranian Negotiating Team

Brookings Institute | Aug 20, 2014

Dear Iranian Negotiators: Some of you may remember me from the time I served on the American delegation to the nuclear talks.  Although I left the U.S. Government over a year ago, I try to follow the negotiations closely, and I have been impressed by the determination and professionalism that you – as well as the Americans and indeed all the parties – have brought to the table.

Why a China-South Korea Alliance Won't Happen

The Diplomat | Aug 20, 2014

There has been much debate recently on the possibility of a China-South Korea alliance. The “pro” arguments quite often begin by noting that China has been emerging rapidly in a multi-polar world, making a strategic competition or even stand-off between China and the United States more probable.

The People of Syria Pay Tribute to James Foley

i100 | Aug 20, 2014

Every week residents in the town of Kafranbel in Idlib, north west Syria, release a photo or sign related to current events in an attempt to draw the world’s attention to the ongoing civil war in their country.

Protesters Climbed Iconic Moscow Skyscraper, Planted Ukranian Flag and Took A Selfie

Washington Post | Aug 20, 2014

For about three hours Wednesday morning, the Ukrainian flag was flying high over Russia’s capital city. Protesters fastened a blue-and-yellow banner to the Soviet star atop the spire of one of Moscow’s Stalin-era “Seven Sisters” skyscrapers on the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment about a mile from the Kremlin.

Islamic State Magazines: Violent Extremism in Glossy Form

Wall Street Journal | Aug 20, 2014

In addition to pictures of mass executions and beheading videos, the Islamic State also puts out propaganda magazines containing stories about stoning adulterers and joining the jihad — all wrapped in a package with high production values.

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