Modi Government Plans Buddhism Blitz in Cultural Diplomacy Refocus

Telegraph India | Aug 31, 2015

The Narendra Modi government has decided to make India's Buddhism links the centrepiece of its cultural diplomacy thrust through a blitzkrieg of novel projects, after the Prime Minister feted East Asian leaders through his first year in office with references to this religious bridge.

Mexican Publisher Rolls Out Spanish-Language Book Truck In San Diego

KPBS | Aug 31, 2015

José Carreño Carlón, director of the Fondo de Cultura Económica, said the truck is meant to promote Spanish-language learning, especially among the children of Latin American families. [...] Jose Luiz Martinez, director of international affairs for the National Council for Culture and the Arts, said the book truck is an example of "cultural diplomacy."

Global Scholars Meet to Discuss the Fulbright Foreign Policy Legacy

University of Arkansas | Aug 31, 2015

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society will host 17 scholars from around the world Sept. 1-2 for the "J. William Fulbright in International Perspective: Liberal Internationalism and U.S. Global Influence" conference. During the two-day meeting, participants will discuss Fulbright's foreign policy legacy.

Pope Calls Migrant Deaths an Affront to Humanity

Voice of America | Aug 30, 2015

Pope Francis on Sunday decried the deaths of 71 migrants in an abandoned truck in Austria, calling it an offense against "the entire human family. We entrust each of them to the mercy of God," the pontiff said in Rome, calling on world leaders "to cooperate with effectiveness to prevent these crimes."

Diaspora Could Become Vehicle of India's Soft Power

Hindustan Times | Aug 30, 2015

India’s vibrant diaspora could become a core component of foreign policy initiatives. It could be a vehicle of our soft power, writes NK Singh. [...] The initiatives of the ministry of overseas Indian affairs need innovation and restructuring. 

Moscow Book Fair an Opportunity for Cultural Exchange

IBNA | Aug 30, 2015

“One of the policies adopted by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the new period is cultural diplomacy, since we believe culture is able to make the societies closer to one another and book first for why the opportunities for the active cultural diplomacy." [...] "We think of attending Moscow event as an overture to our next activities in the other international book fairs, as we try to turn these activities into the landmarks for our cultural exchanges. 

African Superstars, Bono In Campaign to Empower Women

Public Opinion Online | Aug 30, 2015

African stars joined U2 frontman Bono on Friday in a campaign to use music to help empower women around the world. Bono and top African male musicians D'banj, Diamond and Banky W announced that they will be included in a remix of the song "Strong Girl," a rallying cry for women's empowerment which features top African female talent.

Politics, Cricket, And Diplomacy

Sunday Leader | Aug 30, 2015

Rosy Senanayake and Kumar Sangakkara are two extremely popular Sri Lankans and shadows that have befallen their careers have caused heartburn among their fans. [...] This brings in the key question: Can anyone who is not a professional diplomat and wants to be one or is selected as one be a successful diplomat?


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