International Students Stream Into U.S. Colleges

The Wall Street Journal | Mar 31, 2015

American universities are enrolling unprecedented numbers of foreign students, prompted by the rise of an affluent class in China and generous scholarships offered by oil-rich Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia.

Cold War Dance Diplomacy

OUP Blog | Mar 31, 2015

Why did the US State Department sponsor international dance tours during the Cold War? An official government narrative was sanctioned and framed by the US State Department and its partner organization, the United States Information Agency (USIA—and USIS abroad). However, the tours countered that narrative.

Sheikh Mohammed Rides Dubai World Cup Horse Race to Sell UAE Image

The Washington Times | Mar 31, 2015

But for this small Gulf nation, which boasts the world’s fourth-largest known oil reserves but is situated in one of the world’s most troubled regions, the World Cup is far more than just a horse race.

Donors Pledge $4bn in Humanitarian Aid for Syrians

The Guardian | Mar 31, 2015

The international community has pledged $3.8bn to tackle the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Syria – less than half the amount the UN says is needed this year to help the millions of people affected by the ongoing conflict.

Clinging to Power: Does Britain Still Matter?

CNN | Mar 31, 2015

As the Cold War took global grip, the United States purposefully pushed Britain aside. The U.S. took over its military bases, its spheres of influence, and its markets. Conscious of its decline, London clung, slightly pathetically, to what it termed its "special relationship" with Washington. 

Sun Tzu and the Art of Soft Power?

The Diplomat | Mar 31, 2015

In China, there has been a trend recently to use Sun Tzu and The Art of War as a source of soft power for China’s peaceful development strategy. This trend is present in the 2014 9th International Symposium on Sun Tzu’s Art of War hosted by the Chinese Academy of Military Science titled “Sun Tzu’s Art of War and Peace, Coopberation and Development.” 

Iran's Power Rises, With or Without Deal

CNN | Mar 31, 2015

Deal or no deal in the Iranian nuclear talks, Tehran is already behaving like it's made a killing. Sure, U.S. and international sanctions inflicted staggering damage on Iran's economy, convincing the longtime American foe to join talks aimed at limiting its nuclear program.

China Seeks to Brush Up on Global Image

Channel NewAsia | Mar 31, 2015

 After a slew of negative opinion polls, China is working to improve its global image. A global opinion poll by found that public views of China have declined. Another poll – conducted by the Pew Research Center - found that United States’ global image remains more positive than China’s.


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