Germany and England spend around A$4–5 per capita on cultural engagement and diplomacy. We spend 20 cents.
A group of colleagues taking up the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge in Cape Town.
Like Pata-Pata, Homeless and Mbube, the song Jerusalema is elevated by a historical moment in time and has the power to cross over to different audiences.
Ahmed Cherkaoui (Morocco), Les Miroirs Rouges, 1980. Courtesy Barjeel Art Foundation
A new modern art exhibition in Tehran is being promoted as a bracing act of cultural diplomacy. But we should look a little deeper.
One of four koalas on loan to Singapore Zoo, where they were unveiled to the public on Wednesday May 20.
Four female koalas have just made their debut in front of an adoring public at Singapore Zoo – the latest in a long line of animals used for diplomatic purposes, going back to Winston the platypus.
Iranians, who celebrated in the streets of Tehran following this month’s nuclear agreement, are keen to rebuild relations with the West.
By reaching out to Iran, Australia can help end a long stand-off with the West that prevented solutions to many of the world’s most dangerous problems, including Syria’s civil war and Islamic State.
Tony Abbott’s responses to Indonesian concerns about spying suggested a weak understanding of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s different cultural milieu.
The official result in Indonesia’s presidential election contest between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto is still some days away, with both claiming victory. But no matter who the next president is, there…
The Sydney Opera House is still earning us soft power points. What else makes the world pay attention?
Australia has moved up in the world – to seventh place on the 2013/14 Soft Power Survey published in the December/January issue of Monocle magazine. The Soft Power Survey is conducted yearly by Monocle…