Africa's Growth is a Development Story: Canada

CNBC Africa | Sep 21, 2014

“Africa’s development is not only an important economic growth story, it is also a development story,” said minister Christian Paradis.  In his address to Canadian and African businesses, the minister added that economic growth was critical to creating better communities.

China-Asean Relations: Hamstrung Soft Power in South China Sea?

Establishment Post | Sep 21, 2014

China and Southeast Asia are more intertwined than ever. Trade between these two regions is booming, and Chinese investors are pouring into Southeast Asia. China is fully involved in most regional security meetings organised by Asean. This era of Sino-Southeast Asian relations should therefore be a golden age bringing mutual peace and prosperity for all concerned.

Soft Power, Hard Battles: Inventing the Asian Games is a Forgotten Facet of the Nehruvian Idea of India

Times of India | Sep 21, 2014

As Indian athletes get ready to compete in Incheon today few remember how the modern Asian Games themselves were virtually invented by India, how central these Games were for the hopes, aspirations and ideals of Nehruvian India and the role they played in soft power diplomacy in the early years after independence.

New U.N. Ebola Mission Will Depend on International Support

U.S Department of Defense | Sep 21, 2014

In an emergency session yesterday convened by the United States, 131 members of the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution declaring the Ebola outbreak spreading now in Africa a threat to international peace and security.

How Much Can China Offer in Africa’s Ebola Crisis?

The Diplomat | Sep 20, 2014

With a total pledge of $38 million, China’s assistance has been dwarfed by the $175 million given by the United States. But that has not deterred the state media from highlighting China’s role in reining in the epidemic. While emphasizing the heroism of Chinese medical teams and “selflessness” of the humanitarian aid, it also touted the country’s “rich” experience and expertise in fighting major disease outbreaks.

The Hermit Kingdom is Coming out of its Shell This Month with a Series of Unusual Diplomatic Overtures.

The Diplomat | Sep 20, 2014

North Korea appears to be launching an unusual diplomatic marathon. Earlier this month, the South Korean daily, Joongang Daily, reported that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong plans to attend the United Nations General Assembly next week in New York. It will be the first time a North Korean foreign minister has attended the forum in 15 years, and only the third time ever Pyongyang’s top diplomat has attended the annual summit in the country’s history.

Islamic State Releases 49 Turkish Hostages While Fate of British Aid Worker Remains Unclear

VICE News | Sep 20, 2014

An unconfirmed report suggests the Islamic State may have beheaded a second British hostage Saturday, less than a week after the execution of another UK citizen, and on the same day the militants released 49 Turkish hostages from Iraq unharmed.

Envoy Speak: Japan’s ‘Soft Power’ Pitches for Brotherhood

Times of Oman | Sep 20, 2014

In the post-Cold War international system, and an increasingly globalised world, 'soft power' has gained prominence. However, 'soft power' has always been significant for post-WWII Japan, which renounced military 'hard power' as a means of pursuing state policy, embracing pacifism. With a wealth of 'soft power' resources, Japan continually strives to enhance the attractiveness of its image overseas through human, cultural and intellectual exchange, and public diplomacy. 

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