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Month: April 2015

15Apr

Harvard University’s Joseph Nye first coined the term “soft power” to describe the ability to attract and co-opt rather than coerce, use force, or give money as means of persuasion. It is the underlying theory behind governments’ public diplomacy efforts. One of the arms of public diplomacy — educational exchange — not only has a significant impact on achieving cultural understanding but can be influential in pushing forth societal changes. About 275,000 Chinese students study in the U.S. every year (about 31% of foreign enrollment) and more Americans are studying abroad in China as a result of the Obama Administration’s 100K Strong and other initiatives. In China, over 3 million Chinese citizens are foreign-educated and

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14Apr
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Recent breaches of cybersecurity protocol at Sony, Anthem, and other companies have caused concern and raised alarms on Capitol Hill. In the past year, attacks have hit both governmental and private sector targets. The relatively new nature of cyber-warfare on US critical infrastructure confront policymakers with a lot of questions. This briefing looks to examine the foreign policy and national security elements of the cybersecurity puzzle with an emphasis upon hackers (both state-sponsored and non-state actors) in the Asia-Pacific region.

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