The lopsided reality of Britain’s relationship with the United States was underlined at the White House this week when it was asked to react to findings from the official UK report into the Iraq war. [...] “The United States and the United Kingdom have a special relationship,” he said. “I would expect that that relationship will remain special and strong.” For British diplomats – worried more than ever about their access to power after Barack Obama’s dire warnings over Brexit – such platitudes might sound reassuring.
Past responses of the U.S. government to these frozen conflicts have centered on non-recognition policy, foreign aid, people-to-people diplomacy, establishment of international forums and sanctions. In the framework of its policy of "engagement without recognition" in Georgia's and Azerbaijan's separatist territories, Washington has pursued public diplomacy and people-to-people initiatives to counter their isolation.
How can public diplomacy chart a new way forward for U.S.-China relations?
"The opportunity of going to Costa Rica was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I was able to make new friends, witness a different culture, and to expand my knowledge of a new language. I was surprised by how kind everyone was and how everyone took care of each other. I learned that I knew more Spanish than I thought I knew. Going to Costa Rica was enriching and very rewarding," wrote D'Andrea.
To date, the most effective counterbalance or check to Beijing’s campaign of tailored coercion in the East China and South China seas is the U.S. “rebalance to Asia” — an amalgamation of integrated soft and hard deterrent powers (multilateral diplomacy, economic integration and military presence) to reassure allies and partners; demonstrate resolve and commitment; and enhance force posture, capabilities, and readiness.
Video coverage from the CPD-Keio University forum in Tokyo, Japan on the destabilization of the international order and the role of civil society in public diplomacy.
The United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced an agreement Sunday that would allow the two nations to collaborate on matters of space and aeronautics research, including the potential journey to Mars. [...] The two countries also announced that they would collaborate on education and public outreach.