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Mark Donfried’s Articles written for Arab News

Arab News: Friday, April 09th, 2021
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The importance of cultural diplomacy in turbulent times

On July 24, 2008, students and friends of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin went with thousands of other…
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Arab News: Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
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COVID-19 crisis shows the time for global cooperation is now

A year has now passed since the mass outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a global level. Now that…
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Arab News: Monday, November 09th, 2020
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A new free world is locked in outdated 20th-century systems

It was clear already from the middle of the 18th century that the US was going to be a much…
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Arab News: Sunday, May 03rd, 2020
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National health security a post-pandemic priority

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has taken multiple assets from the world and forced its people to feel vulnerable. The…
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Arab News: Sunday, April 19th, 2020
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Coronavirus to prompt worldwide cultural changes

Not too long ago, smoking cigarettes was a very common habit within private houses, offices and public spaces. Older readers…
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Arab News: Sunday, April 12th, 2020
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Globalization unstoppable despite its contribution to virus spread

The worldwide coronavirus crisis can be compared to a volcanic eruption that came after a long boiling process, which was…
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Arab News: Thursday, March 26th, 2020
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Pandemic preparedness a national security issue

In an instant, out of the blue, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has arrived and has brought 21st century civilization —…
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Arab News: Thursday, January 03rd, 2019
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Saudi Arabia continuing its long tradition of cultural diplomacy

The practice of cultural diplomacy is not a new one for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but its engagement and…
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Arab News: Friday, October 19th, 2018
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Culture of defamation means media is misused all over the world

The disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi reflects the dangerous working environment for journalists and the media worldwide.
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Arab News: Saturday, March 03rd, 2018
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How faith can fight extremism

During a recent trip to Washington, Mohammed Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League, made an amazing statement…
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Arab News: Saturday, January 13th, 2018
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How Saudi Arabia is building a new national brand

Recent decisions in Saudi Arabia with regard to good governance and tax reforms, women’s rights and new opportunities for its…
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Arab News: Friday, May 19th, 2017
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Arab News AMF 2017 panel: Arab image in the US

An Arab News panel discussion held on May 2, 2017, in Dubai proposed solutions to the Middle East’s image problem…
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Arab News: Sunday, May 14th, 2017
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New nation-branding plan needed for Arab world

It is crucial for the Arab world to put together a committee of the best experts and partners to create…
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Arab News: Wednesday, May 03rd, 2017
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Arab News panel at AMF examines solutions to Mideast’s image problem

DUBAI: An Arab News panel discussion held on Tuesday proposed solutions to the Middle East’s image problem in the West,…
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Arab News: Tuesday, May 02nd, 2017
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‘The Islamic world is too big to generalize’

DUBAI: Mark Donfried, founder and director general of the Berlin-based Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), is not surprised at the…
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Arab News: Saturday, February 25th, 2017
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The modern vehicle on the global security road

Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has established itself as an important international platform for exchanging…
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Arab News: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017
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Arabs and the Berlin attack: One month later

On Jan. 19, a 30-day memorial ceremony was held in the German Parliament to reflect on the horrible events of…
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