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.

Theater, a Tool for International Understanding

World Theater Day, instituted by the International Theater Institute (ITI) on March 27, 1962, to mark the opening of the Theater of Nations in Paris, France, has since been annually celebrated on March 27 to focus on the importance of theater as a diverse and complex art form that taps the creative work of the playwright, director, actors, artists, and composers. In musical theater, acting is combined with music, song, and dance. 

Tags: international exchange, Cultural Diplomacy, theater, world theater day, art, unesco, cooperation, philippines

Britain Must Renew Diplomatic Ties Around the World

Brexit finally gets underway this week. So now is the time for the United Kingdom to make equal haste with rejuvenating its diplomatic and trade ties in the world, beginning with Turkey. For years the potential of the UK’s ties with Turkey has been smothered by the sweaty, asphyxiating blanket of the EU’s accession talks with Ankara. No one in their right mind, on either side of the Bosphorus, believed in earnest that Turkey would join the EU in their lifetime. ​

Tags: government pd, bilateral relations, united kingdom, turkey, eastern europe, european union, diplomatic ties, trade, germany

Varanasi Found Itself A Spot On The International Diplomacy Map

Every year, thousands of tourist flock the region to experience the auspicious Holi and much more reaches there just to embrace austerity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha has chosen Varanasi -- India's spiritual capital to represent the country on the international diplomacy map. The VIP city will play host to G20 financial and economic policy mandarins who will brainstorm on the state of the global economy next week. 

Tags: government pd, nation branding, india, varanasi, international image, G20 Summit, economic development, global economy

Artist and Empire: British Legacy in Singapore

Mr Low Sze Wee, Director, Curatorial, Collections & Education, National Gallery Singapore, shared with Rattana Lao (Modern Diplomacy) on the origin, expectation and reception of the Artist and Empire: (en) countering colonial legacy exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore. [...] "Through this, we hope the exhibition will generate greater discussion on the formation of national identities and their complex relationships with the colonial experience."

Tags: art diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, art & culture, art exhibition, colonialism, national identity, singapore, united kingdom, national gallery singapore, artist and empire

Aviation Key to Enhancing UAE-Mexico Relations

UAE Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri recently received Francisca Elizabeth Mendez Escobar, Mexico's new Ambassador to the UAE, with whom he discussed ways to enhance cooperation in a number of priority areas for both countries. The meeting held at the ministry's Dubai headquarters touched on the results of the recent visit of a UAE delegation to Mexico headed by the minister, which identified various priority sectors of mutual interest for cooperation between the two countries.

Tags: aviation diplomacy, economic diplomacy, trade diplomacy, bilateral cooperation, bilateral relations, bilateral trade, economic partnership, trade and investment, uae, mexico

Cambridge Acknowledges New CSR Model

The University of Cambridge, United Kingdom’s Judge Business School has acknowledged the Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), West Africa, in its new model for CSR. The Centre for CSR, one of the sub-region’s leading sustainability and corporate social responsibility, events and advocacy organisations contributed to an extensive CSR research conducted by Professor Peter Williamson, a Professor of International Management at the University of Cambridge.

Tags: corporate social responsibility, sustainability, centre for corporate social responsibility, west africa, Cambridge, collaboration, ghana, nigeria

Saving Cool Britannia Image from Brexit Bruise

Brexit challenges Britain's global image of openness and tolerance, but Cool Britannia has what it takes to avoid being suddenly rebranded as uncool just because it quits the EU, advertising professionals say. [...] "The things that make British culture unique remain. Music, fashion, British content, creative content, television, film. I would say all those things are not at risk, because they are driven by creative people," said Scheckner.

Tags: nation branding, global image, Nation Image, cool britannia, brexit, united kingdom, advertising week

Mumbai Leg of the Humanitarian Diplomacy Lab Hosts Open Situation Room

On World Water Day, the Open Situation Room (OSR) on 'Achieving Water Security: Towards Innovative Solutions' was held at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Mumbai. The event was part of the Humanitarian Diplomacy Lab - an international initiative of the Global Diplomacy Lab [...] Such OSRs were held in seven cities across the globe including Kathmandu, Bogota, Montreal, Geneva, San Francisco, and, Accra.

Tags: humanitarian diplomacy, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, water security, world water day, india, humanitarian diplomacy lab, global diplomacy lab, open situation room

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