On the Town @ #FleetWeekNYC 2017

Now in its 29th year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. Read More

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CULTURAL DIPLOMACY NEWS| ICD seeks application for its annual conference in Berlin

This year’s theme: “Cultural Diplomacy & Cross Continental Cooperation: Building Bridges for a United Global Community.” The conference will include several parallel sessions taking place in Berlin. It will bring together over 300 high level politicians, dignitaries and celebrated artists coming from the fields of international politics, academia and the arts, including an interdisciplinary group of participants traveling to Berlin from all over the world to discuss Cultural Diplomacy in an interdependent world.
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DISSENT VS. DIPLOMACY | Did the US exact revenge against Bulgarian-German writer Ilija Trojanov for his critique of America’s NSA surveillance powers?

Ilija Trojanov, a Bulgarian-German author, was on his way to a Denver conference of the German Studies Association, and had been issued an invitation to appear at the Goethe-Institut’s “New Literature From Europe” Festival in November. “Barring Mr. Trojanov, an outspoken critic of America’s controversial surveillance powers, from attending an academic conference in the United States will hardly calm the anxiety our colleagues around the world are feeling about America’s electronic spying,” said Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN American Center. Read More

FILM FLAM DIPLOMACY | Responding to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, actor Benedict Cumberbatch defends “The Fifth Estate”

Why Benedict Cumberbatch thought it was a good idea to contact WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and ask him if he would like to meet in person is a question I would have liked to aske the British actor who also plays Sherlock Holmes on BBC. In any case, read Benedict Cumberbatch’s full response to Julian Assange here: Read More

FILM FLAM DIPLOMACY | WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange warns Benedict Cumberbatch: “You should reconsider your involvement in this enterprise.”

Earlier this year, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange popped Benedict Cumberbatch an email message, warning the actor not to go ahead with “The Fifth Estate,” the Hollywood movie based on Assange. The message aimed at halting the movie based on him, his website and his rivalry with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, played by Daniel Bruhl. The email has been widely reported, quoted by many sources, but only recently first published in full by WikiLeaks, and is re-printed below. Read More

DIALOGUE ON DIPLOMACY | How effective is media’s coverage of U.S. diplomacy abroad?

Nicolas Kralev interviewed P.J. Crowley on a retired Air Force colonel and National Security Council spokesman in the Clinton White House. Crowley now teaches at George Washington University. On Kralev’s program, Crowley talks about how the media covers diplomacy. They also talked about the Arab Spring as a case study of the effectiveness of U.S. diplomacy. Watch the video conversation here. Read More

NAKED DIPLOMACY | 450 naked runners race as part of Free Pussy Riot campaign

The prompt to begin the naked run in the Netherlands was given 14:30 via Skype from Russia by a Pussy Riot member. Runners wearing nothing but helmets and sneakers in the Netherlands show support for Russian punk band Pussy Riot. Read More

CROSS-BORDER DIPLOMACY | European Union’s parliament supports new resolution for foundation cross-border initiatives

BRUSSELS |  Will European foundations ever be able to work across national borders? At this moment this is not possible. But a new resolution for European foundation statute is presently running through the European Parliament that may change that situation. If the resolution passes, European foundations will be able to engage in transnational initiatives from country… Read More

GERMANY-ISRAEL CULTURAL DIPLOMACY | Frankfurt’s German-Israeli Friendship Day affirms support for Israel

According to a 2013 BBC World Service Poll, only 8% of Germans view Israel’s influence positively, with 67% expressing a negative view, a more unfavorable rating than both Russia and China. Read More

CONFERENCE ON DIPLOMACY | Think tanks and thought leaders push for smart power road map at foreign policy conference, June 25

WASHINGTON, D.C.: How many people does it take to replace a light bulb? Probably as many people as it will take to find innovative value in smart power. That means a whole lot of them: businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and faith-based, academic and community leaders, all of whom will convene around… Read More