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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Soft Power in Eastern Europe: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy

5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
6:30 pm on Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Boston University Department of International Relations, 154 Bay State Road, 2nd Floor
Contact Name:
Elizabeth Amrien
A conversation with John Beyrle, Ambassador to Russia (2008-2012) and Ambassador to Bulgaria (2005-2008). Russia and its sphere of influence have long been the focus of American public diplomacy, and remain a relative bastion of such efforts today, when funding elsewhere have been slashed. In recent years, Russia has also been trying its hand at ‘Soft Power,’ and yet Joseph Nye–who coined the term in 1990–recently wrote an article in Foreign Policy magazine entitled ‘What China and Russia Don’t Get About Soft Power.’ As Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2008-2012) and to Bulgaria (2005-2008), as well as in previous stints in Moscow, John Beyrle was a proponent of American cultural diplomacy, and a great specialist on not only Eastern-European politics, but the region’s culture. This event will explore what works and what doesn’t in the region and why cultural diplomacy matters. The conversation will be moderated by Anna Winestein, Visiting Researcher at the Center for the Study of Europe and Executive Director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership. This event is organized by The Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership and co-presented with the Center for the Study of Europe. Seating is limited. Kindly RSVP to by Monday, December 9 if you wish to attend. Refreshments will be served.