What is 'Zen' Diplomacy? From Chinese Monk to Ambassador

OUPblog | May 27, 2015

In 1654, a Chinese monk arrived in Japan. His name was Yinyuan Longqi (1592-1673), a Zen master who claimed to have inherited the authentic dharma transmission—the passing of the Buddha’s teaching from teacher to student—from the Linji (Rinzai) sect in China. This claim gave him tremendous authority in China, as without it a Zen teacher cannot be considered for leading a Zen community 

A New Global Order of Cities

Financial Times | May 27, 2015

The most important characteristic of the 21st century is the rise of cities. The world may obsess over whether a “Chinese century” is replacing an American one. But the real action is not in nations — but in their urban centres. 

Culture is a Key to China Trade

ArtsHub | May 27, 2015

China will not do business with countries that don't also offer both cultural and political relationships.

How an Ayatollah’s Daughter Came to Preach Peace Between Israel and Iran

Gant Daily | May 27, 2015

Maryam Faghih Imani seems an unlikely candidate to give an address that will touch on making peace between Israelis and Iranians, as she will at an international forum in Oslo Wednesday. After all, she grew up the daughter of one of Iran’s most prominent ayatollahs. She spent her summers in the city of Isfahan playing with the children of other prominent ayatollahs, including those of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Cities Aim to Think, Solve Problems Globally

Next City | May 27, 2015

How do some of the most successful, leading cities in the world solve their problems? They steal the solutions — from other cities.

‘Stand by Me Doraemon’ Set to be First Japanese Movie to Screen in China in Three Years

Japan Times | May 27, 2015

A Doraemon movie will be shown in China starting Thursday, becoming the first new Japanese film to be released in the country in nearly three years, diplomatic sources said. “Stand by Me Doraemon” is a 3-D animation film released in Japan last year. The Chinese government strictly limits the showing of foreign movies.

Hans Morgenthau and the Balance of Power in Asia

The Diplomat | May 26, 2015

Hans Morgenthau’s Politics Among Nations, originally published in 1948, is the bible of the realist school of international relations. A less well-known work, Truth and Power, is a collection of essays that he wrote during the 1960s which includes a 1968 piece entitled “The Far East,” wherein Morgenthau applied his realist approach to the balance of power in Asia and envisioned a world where China is the most powerful nation on earth.

Ex-Canadian P.M. Touts Middle-Power Diplomacy

Korea Herald | May 26, 2015

Former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark urged Canada and Korea to bolster diplomacy in a world characterized by withering superpowers and sprouting middle powers. Canada’s 16th Prime Minister from 1979 to 1980 told a group of diplomats and scholars that as the international order is reconfigured around the world, nations increasingly rely on soft-power strategies of compromise, negotiation and development, rather than hard-power tactics of military aggression and bullying rhetoric.

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