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Master of Public Diplomacy candidate Wa'el Nimat on why a proactive approach is needed to counter violent extremism.

On how Japan's #UnknownJapan campaign utilized Instagram to highlight lesser-known aspects of the country's culture, landscape and history. 

Gunboat, Cerebral, Public, Track One are all approaches to diplomacy. But do they need to be rethought?

Does "sharp power" fall under the ranks of hard power or soft power, or is it just an "unsmart" mix? 

The third installment of this 5-part series uncovers Russia's national style of science diplomacy. 

Javad Rad of the Payam Nour University of Bojnourd recounts his experience participating in the Arbaeen ceremony in Iraq. 

As the UK moves toward Brexit, Ilan Manor outlines the country's opportunities to leverage digital skills and foster new relationships with Europe. 

On how Kazakhstan has pursued building its relevance and reputation among global audiences.

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