Fund Crunch Spoils India's Cultural Dream Abroad

New Indian Express | May 3, 2015

Even as the Narendra Modi government talks big about projecting India’s soft power, India’s main instrument for cultural diplomacy continues to wallow in severe fund crunch, forcing it to now open new cultural centres abroad only in collaboration with private organisations.

Japanese Leader Shinzo Abe Visits USC, Where He was a Student

Fox News | May 3, 2015

Heading home from a weeklong visit to the U.S., Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stopped off Saturday morning for a nostalgic tour of USC, where he was a student in the 1970s. The brief visit to USC was Abe’s final event in the United States before he headed to Los Angeles International Airport, after a week of diplomacy and economic discussions.

Give Diplomacy a Chance in Cyber Conflicts

South China Morning Post | May 3, 2015

In the past decade, the United States has accused China of all sorts of aggressive actions in cyberspace against American companies and government agencies. Most often, they involve theft of intellectual properties in high-tech industries. But the revelations by US National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden about pervasive cybersurveillance and spying against both foreigners and American citizens completely knocked the wind out of Washington's diplomatic onslaught.

Despite Protests, Expo 2015 a Potential Diplomatic Setting for the Next Six Months

The Independent | May 3, 2015

The Expo 2015 world's fair showed potential as a backdrop for serious diplomacy as it opened Friday for a six-month run, even as it also served as a lightning rod for anti-globalization protests.(...) Not all of the diplomatic signals around Expo have been positive. India, in a drawn-out dispute with Italy over its determination to put two Italian sailors on trial for the shooting deaths at sea of two fishermen, skipped the global event due to the tensions, Expo organizers said.

Off the Ice, Kwan Strives to Level Playing Field

The University News | May 2, 2015

Since beginning her new profession as a Public Diplomacy Envoy, Kwan has had the opportunity to work with two presidents and three Secretaries of State, and she continues to make strides in the global arena as a promoter of American values and athletic interests.

President Lauds Taiwan's 'Flora Ark' Initiative

Focus Taiwan | May 2, 2015

Leslie Koo, chairman of the Taiwan Cement Corp., whose family set up the center, said they want to contribute to protecting the world's biodiversity and demonstrate Taiwan's soft power in the area of botanic conservation.

China Culture Drive Pushes Out Indie Films

Haveeru | May 2, 2015

A bevy of big-screen luminaries including Luc Besson and Arnold Schwarzenegger descended on Beijing recently for a star-studded international film festival, but art-house directors raised the alarm as authorities block a wave of independent cultural events.

A Face of Modern Islam in a Radicalized Region

The Hans India | May 2, 2015

Amid the political volatility and ideological chaos, one country that has stood out as a beacon of of peace, stability and modernity is the low-profile nation of Morocco, wedged at the crosscurrents of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.


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