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Learn from a recent scholarly debate about the impact of digital technologies on PD practice.

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Eriks Varpahovskis reviews the staying power of public memory when it comes to the Olympic Games and national reputation.

Eriks Varpahovskis highlights the role of diaspora diplomacy in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The act of one nation helping another can be largely symbolic, writes a researcher at National Research University Higher School of Economics.

In the wake of the World Anti-Doping Agency's sanctions against Russia, the nation's soft power has taken a hit with Russia losing opportunities to conduct diplomatic activities. 

Citing Gramsci’s theory of cultural hegemony, Eriks Varpahovskis provides historical examples of states' resistance to cultural diplomacy products. 

Eriks Varpahovskis of Hankuk University writes, "for Russia, having national republics can serve as an additional instrument of soft power."

UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage program has served as a platform for both cooperation and competition among countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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