While economic and military power continue to dominate perceptions of geopolitical influence and shape the contours of traditional diplomacy, the idea that nations must also resort to soft power and public diplomacy in order to advance their interests has taken hold in much of the world, including Asia.
Long gone are the days when political elites could conduct the diplomacy of nation-states primarily as a top-down articulation of policies and priorities. The emergence of the Internet and the rise of social media networks have fundamentally altered the n
In the more complex task of nation branding and the conduct of public diplomacy, Asian countries still have a long way to go.
China's stunning economic growth in the last 30 years has not resulted in positive public feelings abroad for the country as misunderstandings over many issues, including territorial disputes, have generated negative sentiment, write Qingan Zhou & Jinwei
Japan’s cultural and public diplomacy have gone through a complex evolution and adapted repeatedly to the country’s rapidly changing place in the world.
In the conduct of public diplomacy, the notion of network power alongside soft power is crucial to South Korea’s role as a middle power.
Ever since Joseph Nye coined the term
As traditional diplomacy is complemented by emerging concepts such as public diplomacy, soft power and more recently
The US is seen as a bellweather for global trends, and digital diplomacy is no exception. The State Department and US diplomats have embraced online tools, in particular social media.
Information technology has brought about significant changes in the way diplomats conduct their business. While public diplomacy is easier, there still is and will continue to be a need for personal contacts and formal state-to-state relations.
The latest act in the long-running saga of the South China Sea has seen China moving aggressively to enforce its claim to most of the features of the potentially oil-rich sea while the US ‘rebalanced’ its defense and foreign policy toward Asia.
The disputed islets known by Koreans as Dokdo and by Japanese as Takeshima continue to plague bilateral relations between the two countries, and each side approaches the issue from a different perspective.
While Asia is doing reasonably well after the global financial crisis of 2008 thanks to actions taken in the wake of the Asian currency crisis of 1997-98, deeper regional integration is needed.
Ghulam Faruq Achikzad argues that it’s time for the international community, and especially Afghanistan’s neighbors, to declare Afghanistan neutral and allow the Afghan people to shape their own future without foreign interference.
Le Dinh Tinh outlines the power politics at play, and why enhanced co-operation is vital to security in the Mekong River Basin.
Under President Lee Myung-bak's
Although the Korean War ended nearly 60 years ago, the peninsula remains under the ominous threat of another conflagration whose consequences are too horrifying to contemplate.
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