Murphy Criticizes U.S. Response in the Middle East

Yale Daily News | Mar 2, 2015

Attended by roughly 150 students and faculty and sponsored by the Yale Political Union, Murphy instead called for a “winning strategy” that puts more weight on non-military intervention and homeland security. 

Soft Approach to Revolution in North Korea

Al Jazeera | Mar 2, 2015

Defectors have turned to floating soap operas - even Hollywood movies - into the North to stir up 'regime change'.

Estonia Can Handle Putin's Soft Power

Bloomberg | Mar 2, 2015

The results of yesterday's parliamentary election in Estonia would not be of interest to anyone outside the tiny nation, were they not a test of Russian President Vladimir Putin's soft power in the post-Soviet Baltic states.

Turkey Brings Refugee Story to UN Office

World Bulletin | Mar 2, 2015

An exhibition revealing Turkey’s history as a refuge for those seeking shelter from conflict and oppression has been opened at the UN office in Geneva, after being shown previously in the United States and Canada.

Viewers Blast Spring Festival Gala’s Attempt at ‘Soft Power’

Beijing Today | Mar 2, 2015

For foreigners, it can be hard to understand the staggering viewership of CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala. The yearly program commanded 700 million eyeballs in 2014 and 690 million eyeballs this year, according to CNN. But cold comments online suggest that CCTV’s viewership comes less from popularity than from a captive audience.

China and Russia vs. the United States?

The Diplomat | Mar 2, 2015

The rising tensions between Russia and the West, especially the United States, over Ukraine provide a constant reminder of the Cold War, when the two superpowers fought proxy conflicts for spheres of influence. A key question in the current game of great power politics is whether China and Russia will form an alliance against the United States?

Narendra Modi Urges the Indian Diaspora to Become an Extension of Foreign Policy

The Guardian | Mar 2, 2015

For years, Indians viewed their countrymen who emigrated abroad for better opportunities with suspicion – as if they’d somehow betrayed the motherland. (...)And the country’s new government is looking at the huge expatriate population – second only to China’s – as a valuable component of India’s foreign policy, in much the same way the Jewish diaspora in the US influences international opinion and policy on Israel.

Should Adland Join the Communications War on ISIS?

AdAge | Mar 2, 2015

Madison Avenue has helped the U.S. government fight everything from wartime foes to teen smoking. But now that Washington is locked in conflict with ISIS, a deadly enemy with sophisticated propaganda skills, adland seems very far from the front. Where are the country's best communications professionals during the propaganda battle of our time?

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