The High Cost of Defeating the Islamic State

Foreign Policy | May 29, 2015

U.N.: A military defeat of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq could scatter extremists around the globe. Would the world be a safer place if the United States and its allies were to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria? Not necessarily, according to a senior U.N. counterterrorism official. Extremist fighters have proven remarkably adept over the past three decades at transforming themselves at the close of battles.

Israel's Divine Diplomacy

i24news | May 29, 2015

Recent developments in the Israeli Foreign Ministry seem to take this approach to a whole new level. At the first meeting with her staff, Tzipi Hotovely, freshly appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered the following message: no need to be wise, being RIGHT is quite enough.

India’s Soft Power Potential

The Diplomat | May 29, 2015

On June 21, the world will observe International Day of Yoga for the first time ever. A United Nations resolution to this effect that India moved in the General Assembly last year was co-sponsored by an unprecedented 170 countries.

USAID Widens Aperture for Economy, Diplomacy in Pacific

U.S. Department of Defense | May 29, 2015

Nepal’s beleaguered citizens are struggling to recover from the April 25 magnitude-7.8 earthquake that claimed more than 8,600 lives, caused countless injuries and left many thousands missing. But a United States Agency for International Development official said broader collaboration continues concurrently with U.S. Pacific Command on regional priorities including disaster preparedness, nontraditional regional threats, such as resource insecurity; climate change, pandemic issues and environmental considerations.

Protecting History: Museum Director Andrew Wulf

Pasatiempo | May 29, 2015

Vintage motorcycles, Abraham Lincoln, baseball, the paintings of Nikolai Getman, and treasures from the Walt Disney Archives at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum were among the exhibition subjects Andrew Wulf staged during his five years as curator at the National Archives. A proudly proclaimed man of many interests, Wulf is the new director of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors.

Turkey to Continue to Provide Assistance for Gaza Reconstruction

Daily Sabah | May 29, 2015

Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç has underlined that Turkey continues to provide humanitarian and development assistance to the besieged Gaza Strip and Palestine. 

Students Drawn to Islamic State Need Local and National De-Radicalisation Strategy

ABC | May 28, 2015

Schools need both a national strategy and individualised approaches to prevent the radicalisation of students drawn to Islamic State and other extremist groups, an Edith Cowan University counterterrorism researcher says.

Food Diplomacy: US pavilion at Expo Seeks Catalyst Role in Resolving Issue of Food Security

Winnipeg Free Press | May 28, 2015

MILAN - Fields of waving grain may have come to symbolize the United States' industrialized agriculture, but the U.S. pavilion at Expo 2015 world's fair is seeking to lead the conversation on how to feed 9 billion people by 2050.


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