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.

Cairo Prepares for Pope Francis' Visit to Heal Ties

“This visit comes where Egyptians are wounded because of what happens, wounded in their hearts and when a Pope comes is to consolidate and give his solidarity to all the people,” said Rafik Grish, Coptic Catholic church spokesman. [...] Pope Francis will visit Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral to pray for the 28 people killed in a Christmas season blast last year.

Tags: cairo, egypt, pope francis, religious diplomacy, faith diplomacy, muslim, anti-terrorism

UK-China Relations: Still a Role for Britain?

Britain may lack hard power, but the soft power of influence and a network of relationships deriving from decades of active and assiduous diplomacy still count for something. [...] Britain is one of the leading supporters of the new style of Chinese economic diplomacy, involving the furthering of solid infrastructural links along which mutually beneficial trade and investment can flow to an increasingly interlinked world.

 

Tags: uk, britain, uk-china relations, soft power, economic diplomacy, brexit, foreign policy

Artists Transform Historical Trauma Through Painting and Prose

The South Africa based Sylt Foundation and Myanmar online journal, Be Untexed, collaborated to lead the event which included an art exhibition, workshop and poetry reading. Han Lynn, the curator of the art festival and member of Be Untexed online journal said, “‘Violent Memories’ is the long-term project of the ‘Transformation and Identity, Trauma and Reconciliation’ which includes eight different countries.”

Tags: historical memory, historical trauma, germany, south africa, chile, poland, macedonia, finland, vietnam, reconciliation, art diplomacy, cultural exchange

Taiwan’s Media Freedom Offers a Diplomatic Opportunity

Taiwan should be the regional leader in soft diplomacy as well. It has plenty to offer the world. Taiwan is the only Chinese-speaking democratic nation in the world, its press is unrestricted, and its citizens enjoy total online freedom. Add into this the fact that it has consistently punched above its weight economically and Taiwan has plenty to take to the wider world to counter-weight the obvious diplomatic difficulties that they face.

Tags: taiwan, Opinion, media freedom, soft power, press freedom, asia, journalism, international broadcasting

Zimbabwe Develops Diaspora Website

Zimbabwe is crafting a national diaspora website, aimed at facilitating the engagement and participation of citizens living out of the country in national development, the Ministry of Macro Economic Planning and Investment Promotion has said. In a statement, the ministry said the website was part of operationalising the diaspora policy.

Tags: zimbabwe, diaspora diplomacy, migration, website, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, national development, economic development, government pd

Syria-Born Olympian Takes Advocacy Role at UN Refugee Agency

The U.N. refugee agency on Thursday chose as a goodwill ambassador a Syrian teenage girl who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees and later became an Olympic swimmer. Yusra Mardini joined other notables like actress Cate Blanchett and author Khaled Hosseini in the unpaid advocacy role. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi said Mardini "represents the hopes, the fears and the incredible potential of the more than 10 million young refugees around the globe."

Tags: international advocacy, united nations ambassador, un, Yusra Mardini, non-state actors, refugee crisis, unhcr

Tunisians Wish to Partner Up for Business, Jobs

Tunisia plans to enhance trade with Brazil, but it also hopes for cooperation from Brazilians to address unemployment among its youth. The goal is to harness Brazil’s experience in startup businesses and technical education.

Tags: tunisia, brazil, trade diplomacy, bilateral cooperation, economy, unemployment, educational exchange, international exchange

China, SA Exchange Programme Opens SA's Horizons, Tourism Opportunities

The PPEM will allow the two countries to exchange information, identify common objectives and strategies and create opportunities for people in both countries to benefit from the sharing of social, cultural and economic capital across government, academia, business and civil society.

Tags: china, international exchange, south africa, tourism, Cultural Diplomacy, cultural exchange, trade diplomacy, partnership, people-to-people exchange

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