On Human Rights Day, UN Urges Everyone to Stand Up for Universal Rights

“Upholding human rights is in the interest of all. Respect for human rights advances well-being for every individual, stability for every society, and harmony for our interconnected world,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Tags: human rights, human rights day, united nations, international advocacy, universal rights, global aid & development

'Cultural initiatives Must to Boost Indo-Pak Ties'

Noted Hindi poet-critic Ashok Vajpeyi on Friday said cultural initiatives are important to improve ties with Pakistan in the long-run and hoped the two neighbours can be comrades in arms in the sphere of art.

Tags: india, pakistan, Ashok Vajpeyi, art & culture, Cultural Diplomacy, art diplomacy

Why Centre Must Let States Play A Role In Foreign Policy

Paradiplomacy has the potential to not only strengthen the federal structure of the Indian state but also radically alter the trajectory of Indian foreign policy by helping regional governments to realise their potential in the conduct of cross border relations.

Tags: paradiplomacy, india, narendra modi, foreign policy, city diplomacy, government pd, new delhi

‘A Bite of China’: Middle Kingdom’s Soft Power

There is still time for China to reroute its current trajectory from strengthening its hard power to loosening its soft power nerves. A great number of people wish to learn more and understand the Chinese culture. However, at the same time, they also wish for a China that is welcoming and does not feel victimized by foreign powers, because, the end of the day, all that we ever want is to experience A Bite of China.

Tags: china, japan, south korea, soft power, indonesia, hard power, cultural exchange, Cultural Diplomacy

A Big Change to US Broadcasting is Coming & It’s One Putin Might Admire

An amendment quietly inserted into the annual National Defense Authorization Act by Republican House leaders would abolish the broadcasting board and place VOA, RFE/RL and other international news and information operations under the direct control of a chief executive appointed by the president. The new executive would hire and fire senior media personnel and manage their budgets.

Tags: voice of america, international broadcasting, Vladi­mir Putin, al jazeera, russia today, radio free europe/radio liberty, Donald Trump, united states

How Brand Dubai Retains Its Spark

How did Brand Dubai rise in such a short time span? Three elements sum it well. Passionate people, great products with a global connect, and popular annual events like the Dubai shopping Festival and Dubai duty Free tennis. The city embodies a rich character with a pioneering spirit, a commitment to innovation, the pursuit of excellence and prosperity, while embracing vast cultural diversity.

Tags: nation branding, Nation Image, dubai, city diplomacy, united arab emirates, landmark, Cultural Diplomacy, cultural diversity

On Digital Diplomacy, Empowering Citizens Globally & AI

David Rothkopf talks with Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, Inc., who accepted this year’s Diplomat of the Year award on behalf of Google. The conversation at the awards dinner was centered on how the massive gains in connectivity are changing the landscape of diplomacy. Within just a few years, everyone on this planet may be connected to the internet. 

Tags: digital diplomacy & new tech, alphabet inc, google, non state pd, connectivity, internet access, social media, citizen empowerment

Exhibit Lets Visitors Experience Israel Through Nine Doors

Sit down to a Shabbat dinner with an Israeli family, play a game of matkot or join the merry-making at a traditional Hasidic wedding at Open A Door To Israel, a multi-sensory exhibition that transports visitors to the Middle Eastern country through interactive doors. Opening today at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, the free exhibition is literally as its name suggests.

Tags: israel, singapore, poland, italy, india, Cultural Diplomacy, digital diplomacy & new tech, innovation


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