A curated selection of public diplomacy-relevant news from a global cross-section of English-language media outlets, including independent, corporate-owned, and state-sponsored sources. The stories featured don't necessarily represent CPD's views nor have they been verified by CPD.

Cultural Show Offers Fijians Insight into Chinese Culture

A week-long exhibition on China Intangible Culture has begun offering Fijians an opportunity to gain an insight into the rich and abundant Chinese history and culture.

Tags: china, fiji, Cultural Diplomacy, international exchange, China cultural centre, art & culture, China's Soft Power

How Vladimir Putin Weaponized the Internet

Vladimir Putin's regime is weaponizing the internet to sow chaos, confusion, and discord across the West.

Tags: russia, u.s., digital diplomacy & new tech, disinformation, Vladi­mir Putin, trolling, social media

Panda Mania Hits Germany as China's Cuddly Envoys Arrive

Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo.

Tags: china, germany, smart & soft power, panda diplomacy, berlin, zoo diplomacy

Russia's Answer to Charges of Meddling in U.S. Elections

Information warfare and fake news? Washington-funded media outlets like Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America have long run what the Kremlin sees as an anti-Putin propaganda campaign aimed at supporting the Russian opposition.

Tags: international broadcasting, russia, u.s., voice of america, radio free europe, elections, fake news

A Virtual Taste of Imperial Life

New app enhances the Beijing Forbidden City experience and puts China's ancient history in a very modern context.

Tags: digital diplomacy & new tech, china, virtual diplomacy, beijing, art & culture, ancient civilizations, gaming

Al-Jazeera: The Qatar Broadcaster at Centre of Diplomatic Crisis

Arab world’s leading TV channel is used to controversy – but now it fears for its future as Saudi Arabia wants it shut down.

Tags: international broadcasting, qatar, saudi arabia, al jazeera, middle east, broadcasting

Exchange Program Brings Cultural Understanding

The ASSE International Student Exchange Program brings students from more than 30 different countries, from Brazil to Estonia and Moldova to Thailand, to Washington and other states every year. The summer months are the last chance local families are able to sign up to host an exchange student, since they’ve got to be settled by the end of August for school to begin in September, said Margot Hoffman, the Washington state ASSE coordinator.

Tags: international exchange, cultural understanding, ASSE, summer, school, traditions, host family, united states

'Gender Champions' in Rural Kenya... Protect Women & Girls

Drought in a developing country can mean many things: a lack of water, a lack of food and nutrition, and a lack of economic growth that puts even more pressure on impoverished communities relying on farming for their livelihoods. For women and girls, it also means a lack of protection. [...] But a new initiative in rural northern Kenya turns to technology and members of the community to make the region safer, and put an end to gender-based violence.

Tags: international development, drought, poverty, climate change, women, water, BRACE, hotline initiative, africa, wajir county, kenya

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