Post Tagged with: "soft power"

British Minister for the Armed Forces visits the UK Engineering Contingent supporting the UN Mission in South Sudan. 

British peacekeepers in South Sudan are continuing their support to the UNMISS mission of protecting civilians and improving stability in the country. 

Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning visited the UK Contingent at Malakal and Bentiu yesterday where almost 100 personnel are carrying out engineering tasks in support of UNMISS. The Royal Engineers are preparing for the main deployment of nearly 400 peacekeeping troops over the coming months. 

The UK Engineers are dedicated to carrying out engineering work which will improve critical logistic routes and security at Malakal and Bentiu Protection of Civilian sites. As more troops arrive, they will build a permanent field hospital at Bentiu over 1,800 UN personnel.

Brexit and the Consequences for International Peacebuilding

The UK’s departure from the EU might arguably leave not only the UK but also the EU more inward-looking and less engaged in world affairs.

Diplomacy Is the Art of Enhancing Power

Diplomacy Is the Art of Enhancing Power

Diplomacy is the art of restraining force and enhancing power, with the unintentional effect of a reduction of power.

Raj Kapoor and India’s Foremost Cinematic Soft Power Breakthrough

Raj Kapoor and India’s Foremost Cinematic Soft Power Breakthrough

Soft power has fast matured into a sine qua non of international political conduct. Awara inadvertently became soft power, facilitating Soviet trust of India.

Soft Power in the Middle East: The Invisible Skirmish

Soft Power in the Middle East: The Invisible Skirmish

Two soft power models in the Middle East are assessed. Iran’s can be another source of regional instability. Oman’s seeks stability and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

The Post-Davutoglu Era in Turkish Foreign Policy

The Post-Davutoglu Era in Turkish Foreign Policy

Replacing Ahmet Davutoğlu will not end his strategic legacy and in the short run there will not be any radical shift over Turkey’s present foreign policy orientation.

Interview – Ciarán Devane

Interview – Ciarán Devane

Ciarán Devane discusses the British Council’s ‘cultural diplomacy,’ academic conceptions of soft power, and the role of culture can play in international development.

Strategic Narratives and Iranian Foreign Policy into the Rouhani Era

Strategic Narratives and Iranian Foreign Policy into the Rouhani Era

Rouhani is more of a pragmatic moderate in the mould of former President Hashemi-Rafsanjani, and his approach has the blessing of the Supreme Leader Khamenei.

When Soft Power Turns Hard: Miss World, Coercion and China’s Cultural Diplomacy

When Soft Power Turns Hard: Miss World, Coercion and China’s Cultural Diplomacy

Soft power projects such as a beauty contest in Sanya, are rarely political at first, but politics finds ways to intrude into even the most innocuous of things.

Image by Joseph Nye

Interview – Joseph Nye

Prof. Nye discusses the waning idea of the American Century, the role of China, India and Russia and the diffusion of power in world politics in the 21st century.

Bhutan’s International Presence and the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Bhutan’s International Presence and the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Bhutan’s recent upset victory over Sri Lanka in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers should be seen as an apt analogy for Bhutan’s wider presence in the international community.

Qatar: A First-Hand Account of Soft Power

Qatar: A First-Hand Account of Soft Power

Doha limits its soft power by lacking infrastructure, injecting too much modernity into cultural sites, or by drawing too heavily on foreign nations.

Qatar’s Soft Power Gamble: The FIFA World Cup 2022

Qatar’s Soft Power Gamble: The FIFA World Cup 2022

In terms of soft power, Qatar’s two principle motives in hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022 are distancing Qatar from the Middle East and putting Qatar on the international map.

The Pillars of Qatar’s International Sport Strategy

The Pillars of Qatar’s International Sport Strategy

Qatar has invested in its international brand by hosting major sporting events, developing elite programs and engaging in ‘sport diplomacy’. The result has been a mix of successes and challenges.

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