How does China go about winning back the hearts and minds of the world? Its obsession with control and misplaced soft power efforts are clearly not doing it any favours.
India does not have an official Africa policy, even though it has been engaging with the continent for over six decades.
Whoever forms the next government should increase investment in foreign affairs and trade, finding ways to make Australia more prominent in global dispute resolution.
Government support for the arts, culture and heritage is important even in tough economic conditions.
Soft power is a country's ability to gain influence through attraction. Australia's soft power in the Pacific began waning when it axed the Australia Network in 2014. And China is filling the gap.
One of the most potent promoters of Nigeria's cultural soft power is arguably Nollywood.
From Rahaf Mohammed to the fate of Syrian refugees and the US border wall – what 'migration diplomacy' means for world politics.
Aid has never been just about helping people. It's also about gaining influence and exercising soft power.
Japan is targeting an 'upmarket' audience of wealthy business executives, city professionals, millennial foodies and highbrow arts enthusiasts.
In the footsteps of US foriegn policy blunders, China is making friends and influencing people in Latin America.
Donald Trump is eroding American diplomacy and what's known as soft power. Here's how that may result in a new world order.
Most Western leaders have little faith the Russian president will pursue better relations after the final football whistle has blown.
Film could benefit China's soft power. It highlights the country's deep pockets and potential for wider audience appeal.
Britain has always been good at projecting its values to the world. It's going to need that soft power once it leaves the EU.
The international condemnation of Israel's violent response to the Gaza protests shows how misplaced its "Brand Israel" campaign has been.
The review of Confucius Classrooms, which promote Chinese language learning, comes amid concerns about foreign influence, soft power and academic freedom.
Kim Jong-un's favourite act won hearts and minds when they performed on day one of the Winter Olympics.
A new national security communications unit has echoes of the past, when the government tried to weaponise information, with mixed results.
China is stepping into a soft power vacuum created by the new US administration. Since Donald Trump was elected president, the country has eschewed soft power.
Russian officials will be hoping that excitement about one of the world's biggest sporting events generates some goodwill for the country.