What Do Embassies Have To Do With Diplomacy?

Newsy | Jul 1, 2015

"Going forward, the United States will reestablish an embassy in Havana," President Obama said. 

Two weeks after the U.S. removed Cuba from the state-sponsored terrorism list, a flagpole was put up in front of the Cuban Interests Section — which will probably be upgraded to the Cuban Embassy — in Washington, D.C. 

Illinois Exchange Students Head Home

CBS Chicago | Jul 1, 2015

Hundreds of suitcases fill the parking lot outside Elmhurst College  as 500 international students board buses to the airport to go back home.

“It’s sad. I feel horrible. It hasn’t hit me hit that I’ll be home tomorrow,” said 18-year-old Gustavo Lopez from Brazil.

Lopez spent the last year living with a host family in Skokie and attended Niles West High School .

“I hope I remember how to speak Portuguese when I get home. This has been the best year of my life. I feel like a totally different person. I’m so glad I did this,” Lopez said.

Russia’s Media Offensive in Central Asia

The Diplomat | Jul 1, 2015

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea was a geopolitical earthquake with tremors extending as far as the information sector. In this new era of “hybrid warfare,” military capabilities and traditional manifestations of power merge seamlessly with intangible factors such as discourse.

Why Cities Will Be Vital Players at Paris Climate Talks

Huffington Post | Jun 30, 2015

Over the next few days, leaders from cities, local governments and other organizations around the world will gather in Lyon, France. It is an important step toward COP21, the UN conference on climate change that will happen in Paris in December. The bold actions taken not only by local leaders but also by all the range of non-state actors to reduce greenhouse gases place them at the forefront of the fight against climate change.

Thomas Pickering on Diplomacy, Iran, Korea, Russia, Realpolitik, and the Ethics of War

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists | Jun 30, 2015

Diplomat Thomas R. Pickering draws upon his 40 years of experience in the US State Department to give the Bulletin’s Dan Drollette Jr.

Program Creates Citizen Diplomacy

Mohave Daily News | Jun 30, 2015

International exchange students who have a good experience while in the country become friends of the United States. “That’s the goal of the J-1 Visa Program,” said Sharon Peters, Council for Education Travel manager.

Baku's 'soft power' European Games: Sport or PR?

Al Jazeera | Jun 30, 2015

The 2015 European Games may have lacked the coverage of the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup, but for Azerbaijan where they are set to come to a close, they have been a source of pride for the government. President Ilham Aliyev invested heavily in the 17-day competition, spending in the region of $1.2bn on state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure. For Aliyev, the event was an opportunity to showcase Azerbaijan to the world as an exciting and dynamic country. Some foreign report

Russian Soft Power In Central Asia

Radio Free Europe | Jun 30, 2015

The Kremlin surprised nearly everyone when it unleashed its media machine on the world after the pro-Moscow president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, was chased from power in February 2014 and Ukraine fell into division and conflict. Moscow's version of events was available on television, radio, and in print media in dozens of languages in dozens of countries and the selective storytelling of these outlets succeeded in raising doubts in some peoples' minds as to who was telling the truth about events in Ukraine: Western media or Russian media.

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