A Public Diplomacy Lesson from Iran

Hurriyet Daily News | Jul 27, 2015

Iran in the new era began its attempts to resolve it through new diplomacy tools based on maximum engagement, as well as employing a new rhetoric based on a “patience-oriented, friendly approach” towards diplomacy, which in many ways helped to harmonize and reconcile inconsistencies between its foreign policy and public diplomacy.

Vietnam Struggles to Find National Dress, Wine, and Flower

VientmaNet | Jul 27, 2015

The national dresses, music, wine, flower, symbols, and cuisines are part of the country's culture that should be soon positioned as "cultural ambassadors" to promote the country's image to the world.

Teaching the Skills for a Global Future

University World News | Jul 27, 2015

Educating learners in cultural diplomacy provides them with the unique ability to influence the attitudes and ideologies of individuals and cultures, thus accelerating the realisation of cultural diversity, global intercultural interchange, justice, interdependence, human rights and global peace. 

London Eid Festival Co-Hosted by Qatar Attracts Thousands

Gulf Times | Jul 27, 2015

The Qatar Embassy in London co-sponsored the day-long event in partnership with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Diplomats and staff from the embassy, assisted by volunteers from Qatar, were on hand at the festival to showcase the culture and traditions of the country and offer hospitality on the day. 

Dream Job of the Week: Culinary Diplomat

Fast Company | Jul 27, 2015

Kass’s theory was that if American chefs could travel to different countries—particularly those with which America has strained relationships—they could use food to humanize Americans, providing an alternative glimpse into American culture than what they were seeing in the news.

Iran - Cinema as a Tool of Resistance

Deutsche Welle | Jul 27, 2015

Filmmakers in Iran daring to overstep the mark can face censorship and harassment. Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof have challenged restrictions via their movies, telling bitter-sweet stories from a troubled society.

Google Policy Director: “ISIS is having a Viral Moment on Social Media”

Public Diplomacy Council | Jul 26, 2015

Differing with Under Secretary Stengel’s more optimistic assessment, two senior Google executives said that ISIS’ voice is “a lot larger” and “a lot louder” on the Internet than the voice of its opponents in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Online Peace-Building Course ‘Friends Beyond Borders’ with Academics from US, India and Pakistan

TwoCircles.Net | Jul 26, 2015

Friends Beyond Borders is a virtual peace building course wherein an Indian and a Pakistani has been paired to be “Indo-Pak E-Pals”. Through this eight-week interactive course, the fellows are guided by a mentor who gives them weekly plans/activities based on a curriculum designed to familiarize them with the ‘other’, its culture, society, politics and the existence of divergent narratives. 

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