Firas Elias, Translated by Shaimaa Shedeed, newiraqcenter.com
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Iran represented one of the grand regional forces in the Middle East that has variable group of soft power elements. This is in addition to Iran’s advantages in itself which it has been seeking for investing optimally in order to promote its policy regionally and internationally. The Islamic ideology and the Shiite doctrine beside the ancient Persian civilization can be seen as success factors in the Iranian public diplomacy. [JB emphasis] In addition, Iran’s foreign policy discourse addressing the dictatorial regimes and the world arrogance powers and its support for the Palestinian issue and hostility towards Israel stood as pillars for the Iranian foreign policy in its soft invasion in the neighboring countries and the region. Meanwhile, such pillars represented pull factors for many political and military groups adopting the same concepts ad terms.
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- Public diplomacy
- 25th October 2019
France Regains #1 Spot: The 2019 Soft Power 30
Oct 24, 2019
France tops the rankings of the newly released 2019 Soft Power 30 index and report, released jointly by strategic communications consultancy Portland Communications, Facebook and CPD.
“France reclaims its top spot after a mixed year for the French government,” reads the report. “[Macron] doubtless been strengthened by an economy growing at a faster clip than most large, developed countries.”
The Soft Power 30 methodology considers the following factors when ranking a country's soft power strength: enterprise, culture, digital, government, engagement and education. The release is accompanied by a report that includes dozens of essays by leading experts in soft power, nation branding, global communications and beyond.
Now analyzing countries' performance during 2018, the index has seen the U.S. dropping annually in the rankings since the 2015 analysis, when the U.S. placed first. Here's a glance at the top..
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[…]Deadline: 29 March 2019The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Ghana is seeking proposals for funding for its 2019 Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Grants programPublic Diplomacy grants should address one (or more) of U.S. Embassy Ghana’s strategic goals, which are:Improve Governance, Strengthen Democratic Institutions, and Promote AccountabilityPromote Opportunity and Development by Investing in PeopleMaintain and Bolster Peace and SecuritySpur Sustained Economic Growth, Trade, and InvestmentActivities that fall under these goals and may qualify for funding include (but are not limited to):Combatting corruption and strengthening accountabilityEncouraging and supporting the media and civil society (including women, rural residents, economically and politically disadvantaged groups, and youth) to better advocate for improv..