Why Hostels May Be the 21st Century Embassies

Huffington Post | Dec 20, 2014

Every year Cultural Tourism DC, in conjunction with international embassies, hosts the famous "Around the World" and "Shortcut to Europe" open house series. This tremendous two day event spaced over two weekends, gives visitors the chance to tour more than 70 embassies where they can learn about different cultures through food, art and music. But what happens if you are not in town during this once a year grand event? If you want a similar effect, consider staying at a hostel.

East Africa: Ethiopia and Its Regional Diplomacy - Ethiopia's Dominant Interpretation of the Horn of Africa

All Africa | Dec 20, 2014

Ethiopia's perception and analysis of challenges and opportunities in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) region have become increasingly dominant. Owing to the following four reasons, Ethiopia's pivotal role within the IGAD and to a limited extent in the AU will continue to grow.

North Korea May Lift Ebola Restrictions Soon

Fox News | Dec 20, 2014

North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have confirmed the North may be ready to open up its doors again soon.

China’s Challenge in the South China Sea

The Jakarta Post | Dec 20, 2014

Whether or not the Philippine arbitration claim prevails in court, China is unlikely to prevail in the court of international public opinion on this issue. 

Obama Says North Korea Hacked Sony, Vows Response

The Japan Times | Dec 20, 2014

President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we choose” to the hacking attack on Sony that led to the withdrawal. The FBI blamed the hack on the North’s communist government.

Oil Price Plunge Can Aid Diplomacy

Star Tribune | Dec 20, 2014

The plunging price of oil is a geopolitical game-changer.(...)For now, though, there are potential foreign policy benefits to the United States, presuming deft diplomacy and an effective Congress will take advantage of the situation.

41 Years -- and Going Strong

BD News 24 | Dec 20, 2014

South Korean embassy in Dhaka is going to organise a music concert at Shah Amanat Auditorium in Chittagong on Saturday, ending three days of celebration to mark 41 years of diplomatic ties.

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. 

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