The Trudeau Bump

Contrary to its designer's expectations, the rolling research tracking the relative strength of national brands, now known as the Anholt/GFK Roper Nation Brands Index, is one of the most boring runs of numbers known to humanity. Unlike the Billboard music chart or the "Who's Hot" list in the celebrity-watch magazines, the nation brands index is astonishingly stable. 

Tags: canada, justin trudeau, nation branding, international image, smart & soft power, good country index

China-Africa Cooperation: A Legacy of Friendship

Last week President Xi Jinping received President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The meeting, in which the two leaders reaffirmed the importance of bi-lateral cooperation, reflected the profound friendship between China and Africa. [...] China is one of Africa’s main commercial partners. 

Tags: china, africa, xi jinping, bilateral cooperation, trade, government pd, history & theory, economic development, education

Pakistan to Hold Gandhara Exhibition in Republic of Korea

The exhibition would not only bring the rich Buddhist archaeological treasure of Pakistan to Republic of Korea but also help attract religious tourists to Pakistan, according to a press release of the Pakistan embassy in Seoul. The exhibition starting from March next year, would be held in two cities of Republic of Korea for six months.

Tags: pakistan, korea, art, Cultural Diplomacy, religious diplomacy, tourism, bilateral relations, cultural cooperation

China’s Soft Power Strategy Can’t Keep Up with its Fearsome Reputation

China is eagerly trying to win hearts and minds in politically and economically crucial states, especially those with abundant natural resources. In foreign policy terms, this is a push for what’s widely known as “soft power” – the ability to win other states over to specific goals without the use of force.It is a major priority for Beijing.

Tags: china, smart & soft power, hard power, global influence, chinese language, culture, international image, confucius institute

Big Changes Coming to U.S. International Broadcasting?

A major overhaul atop U.S. federal radio and television broadcasting entities could be on the way. An amendment to a defense spending bill that passed Congress would change the leadership of those broadcasts by placing the five broadcast networks under the control of a CEO with expanded powers who is appointed by the president and requires U.S. Senate confirmation.

Tags: united states, international broadcasting, government pd, broadcasting board of governors, us senate, media, influence, propaganda, russia

Confronting the Next Global Health Challenge

Thanks to unprecedented international cooperation, the world is making impressive progress in the fight against malaria. [...] And this progress is not limited to malaria. Many countries have reduced new HIV infections by 50 percent or more over a similar period, and the infection rates for other debilitating tropical diseases have fallen significantly in recent years.

Tags: global aid & development, non state pd, global health, international cooperation, malaria, hiv prevention, innovation

The Irishman Building Relationships Around the World

The chief executive of the British Council manages an annual income of £980 million, juggling projects which range from helping Nigerians improve their policing methods to touring the work of Turner prize-winner Grayson Perry in Turkey. Since it was founded in 1934, the UK’s cultural relations organisation has expanded to include some 200 offices in 100 countries – and at the helm of this massive “soft-power” behemoth is an Irishman.

Tags: art diplomacy, art exhibitions, Cultural Diplomacy, british council, cultural exchange, soft power, conflict resolution

Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul Must Seek Cooperation

In the future, China, Japan and South Korea should make efforts to improve their relations. First, the three countries should take positive steps to increase regional cooperation and establish mechanisms such as the Free Trade Area and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. This is beneficial to the future development of the three countries

Tags: east asia, china, japan, south korea, trilateral relations, regional cooperation, Environmental Issues

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