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Founding head (2009-13) of the Public Diplomacy Department at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office Shay Attias writes that in winning Russian sovereignty over the Jerusalem complex near the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Vladimir Putin scored a significant soft power win.

Shay Attias, founding head of the Public Diplomacy Department in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, comments on the soft power implications of the current pandemic.