Tears, and Anger, as Militants Destroy Iraq City’s Relics

New York Times | Jul 31, 2014

The angry public reaction to the attacks on Mosul’s cultural history — including the eviction of Christians by militants, which outraged many Muslim residents who celebrate Mosul’s reputation for tolerance — appears to be the first spark of rebellion against harsh Islamic rule.

Abe’s Visit to Australia: Japanese Coverage

The Strategist | Jul 31, 2014

It’s been a couple of weeks since Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, delivered an historic address to the Australian Parliament, during a visit that attracted widespread media commentary here. But how was the visit covered by Japanese media?

£2m in UK Aid to Tackle Ebola Epidemic

Public Finance International | Jul 31, 2014

The UK is set to spend £2m on medical support and supplies to tackle the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today. ‘This Ebola outbreak poses a serious public health risk to West Africa,’ she said.

Gastrodiplomacy Takes Root in New York City

Real Cheap Eats | Jul 30, 2014

Back in September 2012 the U.S. launched a formal program called the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership. As part of this, American chefs are stationed with U.S. embassies in different countries, where they cook different styles of American cuisine and help people in other nations understand the nuances of “American food” beyond hamburgers and pizza.

There Can't Be Peace Until Israelis and Palestinians Start Seeing Each Other as Humans

The Huffington Post | Jul 30, 2014

Cultural diplomacy can help challenge misconceptions and reconcile differences that underlie conflicts. Although its potential has thus far been ignored in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the time is ripe to experiment with additional diplomatic tools. Diplomacy comes in two tracks.

Collaboration in Works for Creative Dance Residency at BAM

Brooklyn Daily Eagle | Jul 30, 2014

DanceMotion USA is a cultural diplomacy program that supports U.S. foreign policy goals by engaging international audiences through educational opportunities, performance and cultural exchange. The program is a people-to-people international exchange initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by BAM.

Job One for Toronto’s Next Mayor: Municipal Diplomacy

The Globe and Mail | Jul 30, 2014

Torontonians will naturally be focussing on local issues like transit and taxes and when they go to the polls in October. But we should also spend some time thinking about how the candidates stack up when it comes to municipal diplomacy, the ability to make smart connections for Toronto in the wider world.

Can Social Media Change the Face of Diplomacy?

Bloomberg | Jul 30, 2014

Columbia University Senior Fellow Alec Ross discusses how social media has helped drive the public conversation and engage people in foreign affairs. He speaks on ‘Market Makers.”


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