soccer diplomacy

Armenians are feeling concerned over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's presidential candidacy and believe that placing centralized power in his hands is a potential threat to the safety and security of Armenians, given his divisive manner of ruling.

An overview of CPD's most popular blogs last month on topics ranging from Iranian soccer diplomacy to Turkey's Armenian initiative.

Taking a closer look at the opportunities created by the World Cup this year, in Brazil and elsewhere.

Rousseff and Obama

Some observers say U.S. President Barack Obama is failing to capitalize on the free kick for soccer diplomacy.

Steven Beitashour had only ever been to Iran twice as a child when he boarded a plane to Tehran as a 26-year-old to play soccer. Last October, he formally joined the Iranian national soccer team in preparation for the country's fourth appearance on soccer's largest stage.

Steven Beitashour

The complex allegiances of Steven Beitashour, the Iranian team's American player.

As the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off to fanfare and protest, we see how soccer and sports diplomacy can improve the image and soft power of Brazil.

As FIFA's global sponsors work to maximize their brand engagement prior to next week's World Cup, host country Brazil and 2022 host Qatar struggle to overcome negative press and poorly-planned branding strategies.