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On October 21, Vietnam and the Philippines convened the eighth meeting of their bilateral cooperation committee. The deliberations focused on specific measures for advancing collaboration as the two ASEAN states are expected to lift ties to a strategic partnership next month.

Vietnam Pavilion

Jenny Le on the public diplomacy shortcomings of Vietnam's pavilion at Expo Milan.

This new article from Laura Southgate is an assessment of Japan’s strategic partnerships, both military and financial, with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

Viet Nam and Cambodia, at a high-ranking meeting in Phnom Penh yesterday, agreed to co-operate further to implement the co-operation agreements they signed in the field of religion and belief. Co-operation in the field of religion would help facilitate belief and religious activities undertaken by people in the two countries, thus, contributing to strengthen the traditional relationship on the principle of respecting sovereignty and laws of each country....

More than two months after many visitors at the Vietnamese stall at the ongoing 2015 Expo Milan in Italy complained about its "offensively" poor and careless interior displays, Vietnamese authorities have finally moved to fix the problems. In fact, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam House's organizers only acted after a Vietnamese national recently wrote on her Facebook page about how "ashamed" and "upset" she felt about her recent visit to the stall that supposedly cost VND57 billion (US$2.6 million).

The national dresses, music, wine, flower, symbols, and cuisines are part of the country's culture that should be soon positioned as "cultural ambassadors" to promote the country's image to the world.

As for the Colombian cultural presence, the Embassy has been dedicated to promote moments of reflection through artistic joy. [...] as part of the successful programme of the Foreign Ministry through the Directorate of Cultural Affairs and the embassies, called "Colombia Promotion Plan Abroad", that seeks to develop official cultural diplomacy projects.

http://www.amazon.com/Isolate-Engage-Adversarial-Foreign-Diplomacy/dp/0804795525

Professors Wiseman, English and Nguyen led a timely and engaging discussion about their book, "Isolate or Engage: Adversarial States, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Public Diplomacy." 

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