Arabs need to read in their own language so they can understand and discuss the various aspects and complications of democracy in the United States and the West. If an Egyptian reads an article exposing the actual cost of a construction project in Washington, then he or she would be able to better understand theRead more
As we move into the third decade of ‘The Asian Century’, there is a dawning consciousness in Britain and across Europe of the complex challenges and opportunities compelled by the rise of China. While we are just beginning to understand the true nature of the consequences for our security and sovereignty, geographical realities and economic imperatives mean Australia is light years ahead on these issues.
China continues to expand its reach and influence in Britain, across spheres of academia, finance, technology, infrastructure, energy, defence and diplomacy – yet it is clear that the freedoms of the market have not encouraged its leaders to gift the freedoms of democracy to its people. Recognising that its interests differ tremendously from our own, we must consider how best to seize the opportunities..Read more
Mahsa Rouhi and Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, iiss.org; original article contains links
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What does Zarif's resignation mean for Iranian diplomacy? With the erosion of a unipolar world Iran has the chance to shift its foreign policy, whilst continuing to comply with the JCPOA [JB see] and maintain broad diplomatic engagement.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif announced his resignation in a late-night Instagram post, sending shockwaves through political circles in Iran and abroad. Just ten days earlier, Javad Zarif’s fiery performance at the Munich Security Conference had won him praise across the political spectrum in Iran. At a time when public support for the JCPOA among Iranians has slipped to just 51%, Zarif’s strong message struck a chord with the Iranian public, who flooded social media with clips of him defending Iran’s missile program and refu..
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Wariness of political correctness and distrust of intellectuals has led to the proliferation of “post-truth” or “fake news”. That has made it more difficult to distinguish between the role of public diplomacy and outright propaganda. How the United States leverages its soft power could define Washington’s relations with key allies worldwide, including Japan. Join us for a discussion on the outlook for public diplomacy [JB emphasis] between Japan and the United States, and the challenges of political communications amid rapidly changing perspectives on national identity.
Yasushi WatanabeJapan ScholarProfessor, Keio UniversityCraig HaydenDiplomatic Mastery Program Coordinator, Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Dept. of State
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