“Green mountains and clear water are as good as mountains of gold and silver,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping as he underscored his country’s commitment to becoming an “ecological civilization” at the 2016 UN climate change conference in Marrakech. Fine words. But should we believe them?

Published in East Asia

Democracy is facing a challenge to sustain as a form of government in the contemporary world. In 2008 economic crisis played a role in increasing the trust deficit on the national and global democratic institutions to explore and provide solutions to the challenges. The citizens in democracies are dependent on the leaders who blame elite and many voters rely on these speculative reports.

Published in Europe

In the three-month old Gulf crisis, nothing is too expensive or too down and dirty when it comes to buying influence, garnering soft power, and trying to win hearts and minds.

Published in Middle East

Lurking below the surface of the Gulf crisis, are rival, yet troubled, attempts by Qatar and its detractors to use sports to boost soft power and/or launder tarnished images of their autocracies.

Published in Middle East

Protecting cultural diversity is vital for peacebuilding in the Middle East, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said today, pledging solidarity with the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the region, and highlighting the need for both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ power.

Published in Middle East
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onnecting people through the soft power of education, culture and scientific innovation in the spirit of the ancient Silk Roads will open new opportunities for peace and shared prosperity, said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on 14 May, 2017.

Published in East Asia
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ard power' can no longer stop conflicts nor the rise of violent extremism and “ancient hatreds” such as antisemitism and racial discrimination, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said today, insisting that “we need 'soft power' of education, knowledge, culture, communication, the sciences, to strengthen the values we share and recognize the destiny we hold in common.”

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t is an established article of faith in the discipline of international relations that in formulating their foreign policies, in selecting certain courses of action over others, and especially when it comes to the business of forming allies and selecting trading partners, states do so through a rational analysis of costs and benefits to be obtained from selecting one “partner” over another (Diego, 2010: 265).

Published in Diplomacy
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