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Cultural Diplomacy

Touring New York Arts and Culture

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

As these data demonstrate touring need and opportunity along the continuums of organizational budget sizes and lives in dance, some, such as American Dance Abroad, are already developing solutions for New York.

Books as a Trompe-L'oeil: On Fools and What Fools the Eye

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 12.07.2014 | Technology
Cosmin Gheorghe

For many people around the globe books are alive, they are collected, cherished and contemplated periodically with love. They are milestones that punctuate one's emotional and social life.

Breaking Bread for Peace: Conflict Kitchen and Cultural Food Diplomacy

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.29.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Food is one of the oldest forms of exchange, with yet untapped recognition to deliver social conflict transformation.

There Can't Be Peace Until Israelis and Palestinians Start Seeing Each Other as Humans

Lucas Bento | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Lucas Bento

"Track-one" diplomacy is the government-mediated activity seeking cooperation and communication with another nation. "Track-two" diplomacy is typically non-governmental and includes initiatives such as cultural diplomacy.

The Bolshoi in America: Cold War Deja Vu

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Kiem

A week is an awfully long time when an international crisis is brewing; it's a good thing that everyone at the Koch Theater speaks "in one language."

Animals and Cultural Diplomacy

Boria Sax | Posted 09.08.2014 | Green
Boria Sax

Animal symbolism is so deeply embedded in human culture that it is almost impossible to talk about animals without, simultaneously, speaking indirectly about human beings.

US-China Student Summit Creates Tomorrow's Relationships Today

Carola McGiffert | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Carola McGiffert

Imagine what would happen if you brought nearly 400 university-age students together -- half from the US and half from China. It would be the start of something pretty spectacular.

Foggy Bottom Ballet

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Kiem

As pundits proclaim relations between Washington and Moscow at a historic low, it's worth remembering that they have, in fact, been lower. And that when they were, the U.S. was having a lovefest with Russian ballet.

Where the Road Ends, the Music Begins

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

Cape May, New Jersey with its historic Victorian architecture may appear to share little with New Orleans, but when the end of the road meets the wate...

#SaveFulbright: America Can't Cut the Fulbright Program

Jonathan Rice | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Rice

Instead of being bogged down in high-level diplomatic talks and lofty statements by politicians, Fulbrighters work to make a direct person-to-person impact.

Cultural Understanding and Global Thinking in Business

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Elizabeth Filippouli

We need to rethink they way we do business. If we want to succeed, we have to develop a new global mindset that will combine international talent management and development while building on interlinkages between diversity and innovation.

Aloha Diplomacy: Hawaiian Public Diplomacy

Paul Rockower | Posted 03.23.2014 | Hawaii
Paul Rockower

There is an international relations concept called "paradiplomacy." Paradiplomacy is the action of sub-national actors such as states or regions conducting diplomacy and public diplomacy.

How Do You Tell Your Breastfeeding Bridesmaid to Keep Those Boobs Covered at Your Wedding?

Sandy Malone | Posted 02.11.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Yes, you do have rights and you can do whatever you want, regardless of how tasteless and in poor judgment many of us may think your actions are. But when you are a guest in a different culture, you should observe the very basic practices of that culture.

Keepers of the Public Diplomacy Flame: An Appreciation of Embassy Local Staff

Paul Rockower | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Paul Rockower

While diplomats cycle in and out of posts every 2-3 years, it is the local FSN staff that remains over the years. It is truly the local staff that maintains the institutional memory for public and cultural diplomacy programming.

Edible Nation Branding for the Netherlands

Paul Rockower | Posted 09.21.2013 | Taste
Paul Rockower

On a recent excursion to the Netherlands, I was left bubbling with gastrodiplomacy ideas for the Dutch.

Fiddler on the Roof in Kurdistan

Paul Rockower | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Paul Rockower

Many Kurds showed me mementos from their service with the U.S. Army, or simply gave me thumbs-up when they found out I was American. When learning that I am Jewish, both Iraqi Kurds and Iraqi Arabs expressed warmth and curiosity.

Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran

Meghan Nuttall Sayres | Posted 08.24.2013 | Books
Meghan Nuttall Sayres

My last post was entitled "Media Washed Middle East," in which I wrote about my experiences traveling and writing about the Middle East. Those sojourn...

2013: Italy Inspires U.S.

Claudio Bisogniero | Posted 07.31.2013 | Arts
Claudio Bisogniero

The Boxer at Rest, on loan from the National Museum of Rome, will be unveiled in the United States for the first time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this June 1 as part of the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.

A Letter to Michael Kaiser About Cultural Diplomacy

Christopher Merrill | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
Christopher Merrill

Our decentralized culture, soul-making that depends more on the private sector than government, will not fly everywhere. Think China or Russia. Better to pass along the fruits of our tradition of innovation in the arts, to explain the philosophies and practices in which such creativity can grow and thrive.

An Open Letter to Secretary Kerry

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While you have access, no doubt, to a wealth of advice and knowledge, I humbly suggest that you fully exploit the expertise of your arts community and the power of cultural diplomacy.

Empowering Entrepreneurs to Save Cultural Heritage

Larry Coben | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Larry Coben

Returning stolen objects does not save archaeological sites, creating jobs does. Especially the right kind of jobs.

Doubling Down on Diplomacy

Curtis S. Chin | Posted 12.29.2012 | World
Curtis S. Chin

As investigations continue into what really happened in Libya it will also be important that steps be taken to ensure that U.S. diplomacy efforts and our diplomats do not once again retreat behind ever higher embassy walls in the name of added security.

A Machine for Diplomacy: Diplomatic Architecture in a Polarized World

Jake Townsend | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
Jake Townsend

The embassy, and its sibling the consulate, is not only meant to function as a practical means to conduct the business of diplomacy; these buildings are representations of the very identity of their nation of origin.

When the N-word Strikes in Chocolate City

Head-Roc | Posted 11.19.2012 | DC
Head-Roc

This past weekend, I learned a lot about myself and where I am when it comes to responding to, and handling, the nuances of racism that black and brown people have to endure on a daily basis in our society.

The YES Academy in Iraq

Paul Rockower | Posted 10.14.2012 | Arts
Paul Rockower

It was riveting to watch that eternal question uttered in Arabic, Badini, Soranî and English by a score of princes of Denmark. Meanwhile, the Children's Theater program taught aspiring thespians fables from around the world, and helped them to stage Kurdish folk tales.