NAFTA, the State Department and USAID

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Cynthia M. Lardner


What the Trump Administration Needs to Learn about Soft Power

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Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Trumped in Southeast Asia

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Cynthia M. Lardner

U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia in light of President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration is drifting off to sea placing the U.S. in a precarious position of isolationism in a region where China and Russia have been aggressively building alliances and partnerships. Amidst shifting global relationships and allegiances this is not a time for the U.S. to adopt a foreign policy built on isolationism or non-involvement but, rather it is a time to accelerate Southeast Asia foreign policy initiatives.

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Power of the Media in this Modern World


Muhammad Shoaib Khan

The power of the media cannot be negated in the modern world. This power can be utilized for development in every aspect of life. Developed countries do not need to do so because they have already achieved their objectives with the help of media. However, developing countries such as Pakistan still need to figure out the best possible way to utilize this power to its maximum potential.

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Soft Power in the Middle East: The Invisible Skirmish

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Dr. Fadi Elhusseini

The Middle East continues to be of major geostrategic importance. Global powers found, in recent developments, an opportunity to chart their way into the region; sending troops and reinforcements, rebuilding alliances and restoring old relations. Amidst this chaotic environment, a number of regional forces opted to adopt a different approach: soft power. It is obvious that such forces have found in soft power an efficient tool that can achieve what tanks and jets failed to do. In this article, four soft power models in the Middle East are assessed and analysed: Iran and Oman.

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Observations of an Expat: The Battle of the Theme Parks


Tom Arms

The troops are lining up for the battle of the theme parks in China. On one side are Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Co. On the other are a battalion of dragons and 4,000 years of civilisation.

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