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          VOL. 37 (2) 2017



Culture Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Harvard Crimson, 22 Feb 2017


"Whereas the old culture wars were fought on matters of religion and sexuality, Trump has redrawn the battle into one of “populism and nationalism” versus cosmopolitanism and multiculturalism. With the culture wars reset and reignited, the question remains: what is pop culture’s role?"



Interview with Eric Kaufmann: cultural values and  the rise of right-wing populism in the West


EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog), 01 Feb 2017

 "What we see is a growing polarisation of values in Western societies. So while the political divide used to be about Left vs Right, about economic redistribution and the free market, the new emerging polarisation is what you may call culturally open vs closed, or cosmopolitan vs nationalist. It’s a cultural war but it’s really over the “who are we” question – who are we as a nation."


What Is Really Behind the Populist Surge

CityLab21 March 2017

"... economic issues have declined in importance to voters, as cultural issues—around women’s rights, abortion, same-sex marriage, and gay rights—have risen to the fore."




Revisiting the Cultural Values of the EU's Founding Fathers

Modern Diplomacy, 23 Jan 2017


"The question arises: are we currently witnessing the dissolution of a polity built on fragile foundations or a mere economic crisis? Some sustain that the crisis will be eventually resolved and the EU will go on to fulfill its political destiny as a powerful confederation of nations. But the issue goes deeper than that: it is an issue that has to do with the very values and the cultural identity of such a union. In other words, we need to determine if a Christian Democratic political approach conforms to the cultural identity of Europe."





China As Rising Hegemon: Need For Global Cultural Adjustment? – Analysis

Eurasia Review, 27 Feb 2017


"The rise of the geopolitical contestations between China and the US will once again resurrect as one of the three perennial metageographical myths between East and West. This cultural divide between the Orient and Occident is likely to be amplified for various reasons." READ >

China Is Carelessly Losing Its Soft Power Battle, One Project at a Time

The Diplomat, 27 Feb 2017


"The objective of this article is to raise awareness among the Chinese leadership for the need for closer supervision of how Chinese interact with locals abroad. They should recognize the negative long-term impact that Chinese chauvinistic attitude can have China’s global image. They should follow Chairman Mao’s advice to make concerted efforts to ensure that Chinese representatives become humbler, respect different cultures, and accept input and criticism." READ >




Buckingham Palace rolls out UK-India Year of Culture

International-Hindustan Times, 27 Feb 2017


"The India day at Buckingham Palace is part of a busy calendar of events that has been put together to celebrate the year, which also marks 70th year of India’s independence. It includes events by Indian and British institutions such as the British Film Institute, British Library, Kew Gardens, Open University and the Science Museum. Copies of the Magna Carta and Shakespeare’s First Folio are being exhibited in India."

The British Museum Announces the South Asia Season

Broadway World, 01 March 2017



::: Thailand: Soaps and Sensibility ::: 

"In terms of international relations, it is cultural diplomacy that we can use to create perceptions and mindsets and goodwill. Look at how Hollywood movies influence global perceptions of the US. Look at how South Korea has used its creative industry. The challenge is how our industry can use our cultural products effectively." 

Bangkok Post19 March 2017 | READ >


::: UPCOMING ::: 

Beirut to host conf. on media role in cultural dialogue Monday

Kuwait News Agency, 19 March 2017





What Chinese Soft Power in the Middle East Reveals About Beijing's ...

As the Chinese government has worked to raise its profile in the Middle East, it has sometimes struggled to promote Chinese culture in the region. Despite its emphasis on cultural engagement since then-President Hu Jintao called for China to increase its global soft power in 2007, Beijing has found it difficult even to eclipse its Asian rivals. A young Arab man or woman might buy Chinese-made goods or even study abroad at a Chinese university, but he or she would be more likely to watch a Japanese film or listen to a Korean pop song than to consume China’s cultural output.” 

World Politics Review, 21 Feb 2017


Democracy Debriefed: The US must continue to invest in soft power


“All these initiative serve the greater purpose of teaching American culture and values to the next generation of leaders and citizens in other countries, encouraging them to  be more receptive to U.S. foreign policy measures in which they will one day have a stake.  Investing in soft power is especially important if, for example, you’re President Trump – a man who claims to have opposed the invasion of Iraq and called the war in Afghanistan a mistake.”


The Diamondback, 15 March 2017



Strategies Underlying Iranian Soft Power

 "Iran's approach to soft power is sophisitcated and varied. While the islamic Republic's religious rhetoric might dominate the Western understanding of iran, successive governments - both before and after the 1979 islamic Revolution - have sought to capitalize on Iran's culture, religions, and historical legacy to extend influence and ahcieve aims for vexond its borders. To understand Iranian soft power therefore requires recognition of Persia's imperial past, its religious evolution, Persian language and culture, and its history."

American Enterprise Institute, 07 March 2017



The Goethe-Institut's Soft Power

“In a world threatened by the twin specters of populism and terrorism, exporting democratic values through cultural diplomacy is arguably more important now than ever before. In its bid to do just that, Germany’s Goethe-Institut, like the British Council or the Institut Français, has long functioned as much more than just a federally funded language school.”


Handelsblatt Global Edition (subscription), 05 March 2017



::: IRAN ::: 

Challenges And Opportunities For Dialog Between Iran And Arab World


Eurasia Review, 06 Feb 2017

Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, as the authority in charge of cultural relations between the Islamic Republic and other countries, organized the first round of dialog between Iran and the Arab world through a meeting held in cooperation with a set of prominent academic centers and institutions in Iran and the Middle East. By doing this, the organization intended to boost the role played by the elite and thinkers on both sides in order to pave the way for the assessment of the existing challenges with the goal of developing cultural relations and resolving those challenges."




Erdogan: Turkey should 're-discover cultural values'

Anadolu Agency, 03 March 2017  |  ::: READ ARTICLE >




BRICS Cultural Cooperation

MFA China, 23 Feb 2017

Poland 'open to constructive cooperation' with Russia

thenews.pl, 10 March 2017


Japanese Indonesian fashion fusion

Jakarta Post, 27 Feb 2017


'18000 Pakistanis studying in Chinese Universities'

The News International, 16 March 2017  



Turkestan welcomes guests and receives status of Cultural Capital ...

Astana Times, 22 March 2017


Ganja takes up role as CIS Cultural Capital 2017

News.Az18 March 2017