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Public diplomacy [JB emphasis] not China’s strong point ..
Two Hong Kong based academics, Professor Barry Sautman of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Prof. Yan Hairong from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University were in Sri Lanka last week on a case study of Sri Lanka as a prime example of a country caught in a ‘Chinese debt trap’. …
Q. Why is it that there has not been a concerted effort on the part of the Chinese government to answer … allegations of a Chinese debt trap not just with regard to Sri Lanka but to other countries such as Zambia as well? Here they did make some effort in that direction because the Chinese embassy called some journalists and told them that the proportion of Chinese loans in Sri Lanka’s loan portfolio was quite low and that other countries had a much greater shares of Sri Lanka’s external debt.
A. Frankly speaking, the Chinese government does not know how to ..
Revista Brasileira de Política InternacionalPrint version ISSN 0034-7329On-line version ISSN 1983-3121Rev. bras. polít. int. vol.62 no.1 Brasília 2019 Epub Apr 29, 2019http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0034-7329201900105 Articles
Danielly Silva Ramos Becard1 http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4471-1897Paulo Menechelli Filho2
http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1402-265X1 Universidade de Brasília , Instituto de Relações Internacionais , Brasília , Brazil ([email protected])2 Universidade de Brasília , Instituto de Relações Internacionais , Brasília , Brazil ([email protected])
This article analyzes instruments of Chinese cultural diplomacy (2003-2018), such as the media, cinema, and the Confucius Institutes, as well as its potential to overcome barriers between states. China’s cultural soft power was studied in Confucius Institutes in the U.S.. The conclusion is that China increasingly used cultural diplomacy and turned it into a key instrument in its strategy for international ..
Anna Ohanyan, foreignpolicy.com, May 8, 2019; original article contains links.
Image from article: A woman gestures as Armenian special police forces block a street during an opposition rally in central Yerevan on April 16, 2018. Serzh Sarkisian, AFP/Getty images
After decades of strife, leaders in Armenia and Azerbaijan in January announced in a joint statement that they are ready to “prepare the populations for peace.” The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Minsk Group—the troika charged with mediating the conflict between the two over the Nagorno-Karabakh region—endures as one of the few remaining examples of U.S.-Russian cooperation. And in Armenia, a tiny, progressive opposition party recently rode a peaceful wave of popular discontent to a sweeping parliamentary victory last October.
Outside elite policy circles, though, Armenian and Azerbaijani societies remain as far apart as ever. In fact, they are diverging rapidly along ideological, cultural, and generationa..
A cartoon of the National Assembly of Venezuela, by Eduardo Sanabria. Used with permission. Venezuela seemed to be holding its breath expectantly at what will happen after the Supreme Court of Justice assumed the role of the National Assembly and permitted President Nicolas Maduro to take over some of the functions of the legislature. ForRead more
Image from, under the headline (May 31, 2016): “Plans for NZ embassy in Colombia under fire”
The New Zealand Embassy in Colombia is seeking to recruit a Public Affairs & Consular Adviser. As Public Affairs Adviser, the person is responsible for contributing to the development and delivery of the Embassy’s communications and public diplomacy [JB emphasis] plans as well as events, including social media. As Consular Adviser, the person is responsible for providing consular advice and assistance to New Zealanders in distress in Colombia and countries to which the post may be accredited in future. This includes providing guidance and support for emergency response, including activating crisis contingency plans.
The Public Affairs & Consular Adviser will be responsible for:Public AffairsWith Embassy managers, develop and implement the Embassy public diplomacy programme and strategic communications plan to support agreed post strategy and objectives.Manage an approved budget for..