Iranian and Israeli Special Olympics Athletes Pose an Example for Sports Diplomacy

Good Magazine | Jul 31, 2015

Since their fateful meeting the two teams have encountered one another on several occasions—most notably during the Opening Ceremony, when a delegate from Iran passed the torch to a delegate from Israel. Kirsten Suto Seckler, Chief Marketing Officer for the games said it was a deliberate decision by the Special Olympics organizing committee to “send a powerful message.”

"Soft Power": The Values that Shape Russian Foreign Policy

Carnegie Council | Jul 31, 2015

In the increasingly frigid environment of U.S.-Russia relations, much attention is given to what may be seen as Russia's strategic "interests." [...] Of at least equal significance for understanding Russian attitudes, however, is a grasp of the values, the moral framework for Russia's foreign policy.

Wise-Cracking U.S. Celebrities Endorse Iran Deal

Digital Journal | Jul 31, 2015

Morgan Freeman, Jack Black and a host of other celebrities star in a video backing Americas' nuclear deal with Iran, wise-cracking their way through an often surreal mixture of Hollywood, politics and diplomacy.

'Tangerines' Is a Passionate Plea for Diplomacy and Coexistence

Pop Matters | Jul 31, 2015

Like Joyeux Noël (2005), The Last Samurai (2003), and The Pianist (2002), Tangerines is a war film about enemy soldiers who become friends after they are forced to interact with one another. The point is to highlight the various reasons why people fight, and then to show why these reasons are inadequate. [...] The film is a passionate plea for diplomacy and coexistence. Urushadze creates a cinematic world where enemy soldiers can lay down their weapons and have a conversation.

The Triennial World Ballet Festival Brings Classics, Rarities, and International Dance Talent to Tokyo

Japan Times | Jul 31, 2015

In addition to cultural exchange, Malakhov sees the World Ballet Festival as a premium chance to get a look at the future of dance. [...] “It is a chance not only for the audience to see such a diverse range of professional dancers, but it is also a chance for the artists to watch and learn from their fellow dancers.”

Gallipoli Symphony Unites Former Foes

Sydney Morning Herald | Jul 31, 2015

On Tuesday, August 4, Canberran Christopher Latham will conduct the premiere of the Gallipoli Symphony in Istanbul. [...] "Essentially, the work brings together the best composers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. [...] I believe it is the largest piece of cultural diplomacy our country has ever created," he says.

Empowering African Youth Through People-to-People Exchanges

Dipnote | Jul 30, 2015

This month, President Obama is in Africa reaching out to the approximately 200 million people on the continent between the ages of 15 and 24. The United States is strengthening ties with this dynamic and fast-growing region, embracing what the President has described as “a new era of engagement, based on mutual interests and mutual respect…to advance the common security and prosperity of all people.”

Kindness Diplomacy: The Special Olympics "Healthy Athletes" Program

CPD Blog | Jul 30, 2015

The Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this week is extraordinary in its multifaceted reach. The Opening Ceremonies in front of 65,000 people in the Coliseum and on ESPN on Saturday was number one on Facebook. The competitions have been drawing full houses and an international television audience for the first time. Moreover, the lives of the athletes have been changed in ways no other sports competition achieves.

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