BUDAPEST --- Here and there in downtown Budapest, the bullet holes remain. It was more than a half-century ago when Hungarian freedom fighters dared to take to the streets and do battle with the Soviet Union. Expecting help – apparently promised but never delivered – from the United States, the Hungarians were quickly outmatched and paid a terrible price at the hands of the Soviet military.

November 29, 2010

For the first time in history, the EU Film Festival will be held at the Centre for Performing Arts Theatre Complex Hall in Jaffna from December 1 to 5 at 1 pm and 3 pm, bringing new hope for peace and harmony through cultural ties.

Israel has instructed its embassies in 10 European countries, including the UK, each to recruit 1,000 members of the public to act as advocates for its policies in a new public relations offensive.

The festival which will be held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City is a part of the cerebrations of the 20th anniversary of the European and Vietnam relations and an excellent example of important public diplomacy exchanges in the EU and Vietnam relationship.

The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released today, reports a decrease in the number of American students studying abroad...For the first time in the 25 years that the data has been tracked, the total number of U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit did not increase.

Can film festivals help the countries of the South Caucasus make art, not war? Some local cultural figures and advocacy groups contend that the language of cinematography can overcome ethnic feuds and geopolitical jousting, but, so far, realizing that goal has proven to be a daunting task.

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy was pleased to host Dr. Mai'a Cross for a Conversation in Public Diplomacy. Dr. Cross will be discussing the creation of a European foreign service (formally known as the European External Action Service).

The power of culture can often be underestimated as a diplomatic tool, but cultural exchange can not only serve as a universal icebreaker, it can tear down walls and build bridges between the most hardened of enemies. It may not turn foes into instant friends, but it does allow nations to find points of commonality that transcend politics.