Yesterday it was the second time I met a friend who lives in Obrenovac, a city some 30 kilometres southwest of where I live, in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. He took a shower and gave me the clothes of his family to wash. My friend is living like thousands of Serbian people devastated by
dtinews.vn, April 23, 2019
The Taste of Australia 2019 will be held for the fourth time by the Australian Embassy and Consulate-General in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Nha Trang.
The event, led by Taste of Australia Ambassador, Australian celebrity chef Luke Nguyen, will include community BBQs, a twilight cinema event, gala receptions featuring performances by Australian singer Deni Hines, a NOSH Supperclub Dinner prepared by five leading Australian chefs working in Ho Chi Minh City, a public food and wine show, a showcase by Adam Liaw – Masterchef Australia Winner 2010, and the fourth annual Taste of Australia Culinary Competition.
Taste of Australia 2019 will also showcase Australia now ASEAN 2019, the Australian Government’s flagship public diplomacy program. This year, Australia now celebrates the vitality, diversity and capability of youth across Southeast Asia, including in Vietnam.
Australian wine and food journeyAmbassador Craig Chittick said, “Tas..
TONY TAI-TING LIU, DEC 30 2018, International relations
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This is an advance preview from New Perspectives on China’s Relations with the World: National, Transnational and International (forthcoming 2019).
Since Joshua Kurlantzick (2007, 6) coined the term ‘charm offensive’ in 2007, the term has stuck in the study of International Relations to refer to China’s use of soft power to improve its global status and image. While the idea of China charming the world with its economic and cultural prowess has not changed too much over the past decade, the ways Beijing has adopted to charm other states have diversified since. In conjunction with such developments, in recent years, the term ‘public diplomacy’ has come to replace charm offensive as China’s latest efforts to improve its status and image through soft means.
Noting China’s recent turn towards public diplomacy, this chapter seeks to address the topic in three sections. Part one examines the idea of public..
Nirupama Menon Rao leads a Western classical concert
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Throughout their four-decade-long diplomatic career, former Foreign Secretary Nirupama Menon Rao has strived to bring people closer to each other. Post-retirement, the former diplomat has chosen to take forward her mission by engaging in public diplomacy [JB emphasis] through music.
Ms. Rao, who co-founded the South Asian Symphony Foundation (SASF), has been pursuing her passion for music and has already released an album. She was the cynosure of all eyes as she led a Western classical concert ‘Gitanjali: An offering of song’ in the city on Saturday. She was joined by Sri Lankan musicians Soundarie David Rodrigo and Neranjan de Silva on the piano and keyboard. The programme was organised by Trivandrum Centre for Performing Arts in collaboration with SASF. Shashi Tharoor, MP, was the guest of honour. Speaking in conversation with former diplomat T.P. Sreenivasan, Ms. Rao said her endeavour was to ..
Yesterday I received an email from my friend Christopher Rudder, a Canadian musician living in Toronto who has visited several times Serbia and made some great videos of it. Here is his email: Dear Karl Haudbourg, Some of the amazing stories coming out of Serbia are incredible. The story of the man who lost his