Wessam Baqqawi, Za'atari resident

Neha Wadekar on the Syrian refugee crisis' impact on neighboring Jordan.

Art Project in Turkey Seeks to Bridge Ethnic Divide

Explore the public diplomacy potential of art to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. 

As Turkey expands its international clout, the country looks to boost its development aid around the world. The state-run Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) leads efforts in this field. The agency recently released a report on its 2015 activities and shows Tunisia, where the agency runs several development projects, was the biggest recipient of TİKA aid with $44.7 million.

She would swim from Turkey to Greece for charity. Specifically, her own charity, Circle of Health International (COHI), a humanitarian aid nonprofit based out of Austin that works with women and their communities in times of crisis and natural disasters. Slowly, that idea became the seed for the group’s latest campaign “Go the Distance,” which aims to raise funds and awareness for the plight of refugee women across the world.

Indie moviemakers often take on other roles—entrepreneur, advocate, teacher. Add cultural ambassador and diplomat to that list for some of America’s top cinematic thinkers.

The German chancellor, Angel Merkel, has arrived in southern Turkey to inaugurate the EU aid programme for Syrians in the country, amid concerns that her visit validates Turkey’s creeping authoritarianism and overstates the EU’s humanitarian contribution to the Syrian crisis.

Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors internationally with approximately 1.2 billion international tourists and $1.25 trillion in international tourism receipts worldwide. This gives it a direct influence on many areas such as economic development, employment, environmental awareness, cross-cultural peace and dialogue and country image. [...] Thus, it is a source of honor and pride for us to host EXPO 2016 in Antalya under the theme "Flower and Child" and motto, "A Green World for the Next Generations."

President Barack Obama's decision not to attend the April 2 inauguration of a new mosque near Washington D.C. might have spoild the party a bit. The event was billed, after all, as the highlight of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent trip to the United States.