Tag Archives: soft power

How Russia is using international students as a weapon in the new Cold War

How Russia is using international students as a weapon in the new Cold War

Russia is a top destination for international students and the most popular place for students from former Soviet countries to study. The country currently hosts more than 243,752 international students and considers international recruitment to be an important geopolitical goal. More recently, Russia has resurrected and intensified the Soviet tradition of politicising student mobility. The government has requested that Russian students […] … learn more→

How the US benefits when it educates future world leaders

How the US benefits when it educates future world leaders

When the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities declines, commentators often focus on the economic impactthe decline will have on individual universities and communities. As experts who specialize in global affairs and international education, we see a more serious threat: A diminished ability for the United States to shape and influence future leaders of the world. Studies […] … learn more→

Academic Chongyi Feng: profits, freedom and China’s ‘soft power’ in Australia

Academic Chongyi Feng: profits, freedom and China’s ‘soft power’ in Australia

In March this year, University of Technology Sydney associate professor Chongyi Feng was detained by Chinese officials, unable to board his flight home to Sydney. He was held and interrogated for ten days before being allowed to return to Australia. Here, the expert in intellectual and political development in China recounts his personal experience and […] … learn more→