Good Heir Days: Prince William’s Soft Power a Big Hit in Japan

Nippo | Mar 4, 2015

It was a state visit that for many sparked memories of another nearly 30 years ago, when William’s parents Charles and Diana, then Prince and Princess of Wales, came to the country for five days of pomp and pressing the flesh in 1986.

Australian Radio Station May Face Penalties for Royal Hoax

ABC News | Mar 4, 2015

Australia's highest court on Wednesday cleared the way for a radio station to face penalties over a 2012 prank call to a London hospital that was caring for the Duchess of Cambridge. A nurse who transferred the call committed suicide after the broadcast.

British Watchdog Bans Israel Tourism Ad Over Inclusion of Old City

Haaretz | Mar 4, 2015

The British Advertising Standards Authority has banned further publication of an Israeli tourist brochure because it portrays the Old City of Jerusalem as part of Israel.

Netanyahu and Obama: The Two Realities

The New Yorker | Mar 4, 2015

The chemistry between Netanyahu and Obama has never been good. It’s not a matter of personalities. It’s a clash of realities—the two men see the world differently. Obama believes the best way to protect Israel—and broader American interests—is to get a deal that will curtail Iran’s uranium enrichment, cut its stockpile of fuel, convert its facilities, and require intrusive daily inspections.  

West African Leaders Call for International Help for Economic Recovery

Deutsche Welle | Mar 4, 2015

Some 600 experts, politicians and representatives of aid organizations met in Brussels to discuss the Ebola crisis and its consequences. Talks focused on the economic reconstruction of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Hard Power, Soft Power, and Energy Power

Foreign Affairs | Mar 4, 2015

Since becoming president, Barack Obama has emphasized soft power, suggesting that an over-reliance on military force has alienated many of the United States’ friends and allies without achieving much in return. But many Republicans, and even some Democrats, accuse him of overcorrecting (...). For all their finger-pointing, both parties have, in reality, come to embrace an intermediary approach—what can best be called “energy power.”

From one ship to another: Andy Lack leaving BBG to go back to NBC?

The Washington Post | Mar 4, 2015

“Public diplomacy through this journalistic mission is a critically important tool in America’s foreign policy toolbox,” said former BBG member Michael Meehan, “And not to fix the structural problems now and losing a top pro like Andy would be a big loss to the mission.’

U.S. Proposes Making Radio Marti, Broadcaster to Cuba, Independent

Reuters | Mar 4, 2015

The White House has proposed turning Radio Marti, a U.S. government-controlled broadcaster created in part to undermine communist rule in Cuba, into a separate entity as Washington seeks rapprochement with Havana.

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