World Gathers to Give 'Brand Scotland' a Boost

CNBC | Jul 24, 2014

Wednesday night's opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games – with its inflatable Loch Ness Monster, giant kilts and rolling heather -- raised as many eyebrows as it did smiles. Nonetheless, experts agree that the event is likely to give "Brand Scotland" a much-needed boost. Some 1 billion viewers across 71 countries are estimated to have tuned in and watched the opening ceremony on Wednesday, which was held at the Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow. 

New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

The World Post | Jul 24, 2014

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up. From news to manifestations in popular culture, diplomacy is evolving, modern communication defining both obsolescence and new demands/opportunities. The conversation is increasingly moving beyond states to the global citizen and access to news and perspectives is part of the diplomatic arsenal.

Russia To Re-open Trade Mission In Nigeria

Leadership | Jul 24, 2014

The Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Nikolay Udovincheko, says Russian Trade Mission to Nigeria will be reopened to promote trade and economic ties between the two countries. Udovincheko stated this during a courtesy visit by the Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Ima Niboro, to the Russian Embassy on Wednesday in Abuja. The ambassador said the embassy was also working towards opening a cultural centre in Nigeria to promote cultural diplomacy between both countries.

Peaceful Elections Seen Giving a Boost to Foreign Investment

Wall Street Journal | Jul 24, 2014

Foreign direct investment in Indonesia rose 7.3% in the second quarter, suggesting improved confidence in Southeast Asia’s largest economy following peaceful legislative elections in April.  According to government data, Indonesia drew an additional $7.4 billion (85.2 trillion rupiah) between April and June compared to the three months prior. FDI year-on-year was up 2.8%.

U.S. Flights Returning to Tel Aviv, but Israeli Tourism Will Feel Turbulence for Long Time

Haaretz | Jul 24, 2014

The two-day flight ban imposed on American carriers flying to Tel Aviv is likely to have a serious long-term impact on Israel’s tourism business, travel experts say, even though the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on Thursday morning. 

Pakistan: A Neglected Soft Power

Eurasia Review | Jul 24, 2014

Pakistan is blessed with a vast pool of ingredients that constitute an ideal platform to project its soft power. Although mired with challenges to overcome violence, mismanagement and corruption, Pakistan still has a lot to offer to this world.

A New Beginning with Nepal

The Hindu | Jul 24, 2014

For too long, India has ignored the changing political narrative in Nepal.  Appropriately targeted public diplomacy initiatives are necessary to address this. At official and diplomatic levels, a more open and straightforward approach will prevent creating ambiguities that give rise to conspiracy theories and providing grist to the local media.

Hillary Clinton Praises Girls Who Code

Stuff.co.nz | Jul 23, 2014

On a swing through San Francisco, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dropped by Twitter headquarters where she praised "girls who code" and hoped social media would one day be used to resolve political and diplomatic problems. Twitter's headquarters is a frequent destination for world figures, celebrities and politicians looking to amplify their message by addressing the employees of the popular social network.

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