Foreign policy is evolving and adapting in front of our eyes, not only to new technologies but also to the different personifications of power and influence. Thanks to social media and the advent of digital diplomacy, this transformation is happening very fast and affects the very DNA of how governments interact with each other andREAD MORE
Jordanian and Palestinian social network activists were busy this past weekend exchanging videos, pictures, and comments on the clashes following a local match in Amman on Friday evening. The match was between Al-Wehdat and Al-Faisali clubs. The players of the first club are made up, mainly, of Jordanians who are from a Palestinian origin, andREAD MORE
standwithus.co.il; original entry contains an image for video, StandWithUs Fellowship Opening 2018
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The leading program for public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and leadership in Israel has opened its 13th year!This year we have an an elite group of 150 articulate and diverse young Israeli men and women from all across the country. The StandWithUs Fellowship program gives young future leaders of the state of Israel an opportunity to go through a prestigious training to become the next ambassadors and leaders for Israel in all fields. Here are some of the highlights from this year's opening event where we officially opened the academic year [JB – video, available at the above-cited link].
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Deadline: 31 December 2018
The Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Section at the U.S. Embassy Suva is seeking applications for its Public Diplomacy Small Grant Program. The grant proposals must benefit Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga or Tuvalu and address one of the Public Diplomacy Initiatives or Embassy Goals listed below.Public Diplomacy Initiatives:Foster media contacts and professional developmentExpand STEAM and educational opportunities for youth to meet the needs of a 21st century workforcePromote sustainable economic development and women’s economic participationEmbassy GoalsBolster U.S. security and regional security, as well as protect U.S. citizensFoster a free and open Indo-Pacific region by promoting a rules-based order, both bilaterally and multilaterally, by supporting responsive, democratic governance, strong civil society and an independent mediaPromote sustained economic prosperity driven by open-market economic policies and high-standard invest..
Editorial, The Guardian, Mon 31 Dec 2018; original article contains links
The world in 2019: The vexed politics of our times has obscured the view ahead. Over the holidays we are examining some big issues on the horizon. Today we look at tensions between the leading global powers
Image from article: Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping.
Many of those peering with trepidation into 2019 have first turned to the past, to see what lessons history offers as a great power rises and the hegemon falters. Some look back two and a half millennia to the Peloponnesian war and the idea of the “Thucydides trap”: that war is made inevitable by the emergence of a new power (Athens) and the fear of the established leader (Sparta). Others draw on more recent transitions to suggest that powers moderate behaviour in times of decline or retrenchment. However it plays out in the long run, there is trouble ahead – and not only for the US and China.
With evidence mounting of the impact of the trade w..
Serhii PROKOPENKO, Chief Innovation Officer, Global Shapers Kharkiv Hub, kharkivobserver.com
An initiative, backed by the World Economic Forum, entitled Global Shapers Community, is a network of 7,000 participants in 156 countries, comprising 376 city hubs, primarily for younger citizens between the ages of 20 and 30, who are exceptional in their potential and drive to make a difference in their communities.
Hubs sync between remote and ongoing events to discuss global challenges with a targeted approach to local needs. Just recently, 60 Shapers from different hubs first time have led a panel at the WTO Public Forum 2018.One of the hubs is located in Kharkiv. At that moment, it is expanding and launching new projects. Among them are MoreInfo project, catalyzing urban mobility and local tourism, scaling in Ukraine and other countries, VR Marathon, promoting modernization of product variations via innovative media-technologies, initiative for developing entrepreneurial spirit of youth..READ MORE