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Fashion designers blended influences from the Arabian Desert, the Middle Eastern lifestyle and European trends at a catwalk show in Amman on Thursday, marking the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence. [...] fashion week aimed to broaden Jordanians’ understanding of the Ukrainian people and strengthen the connection between the two countries. 

Selfies in Russia

The societal pros and cons of a life spent online.

WARSAW, Poland (July 9, 2016) Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets with Turkish Minister of Defence Vecdi Gönül at the 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland July 9, 2016. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee)(Released)

Stefanie von Hlatky on NATO's current messaging and target audiences.

Anna Velikaya's take on Russia's athletic diplomacy.

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How MFAs' profile pictures/cover photos project countries' online identities.

Past responses of the U.S. government to these frozen conflicts have centered on non-recognition policy, foreign aid, people-to-people diplomacy, establishment of international forums and sanctions. In the framework of its policy of "engagement without recognition" in Georgia's and Azerbaijan's separatist territories, Washington has pursued public diplomacy and people-to-people initiatives to counter their isolation. 

Anticipating criticism about including a country like Russia in the top-30, the report’s authors claimed that Moscow’s role in combatting ISIS – as well as the fact that it didn’t advance its position any further into Ukraine – appeared to help international perception. “Russia performed markedly better on the international polling in 2016, compared with 2015,” the report’s authors noted.

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