Cuba & US Exchange Prisoners, Obama to Announce Major Changes in Cuban Policy

Russia Today | Dec 17, 2014

Cuba has exchanged American citizen Alan Gross for three Cubans jailed in the United States. The prisoner swap is set to be the first step in a major overhaul of US-Cuba relations.

Canada's Foreign Affairs Department Tries its Hand at BuzzFeed

The Globe and Mail | Dec 17, 2014

The latest experiment at Canada’s foreign affairs ministry trades the dry language of diplomacy for the chatty tone of the social Web in a pair of “listicles” written on BuzzFeed.
 

Secretary Kerry to Host Annual Unaccompanied Tours Holiday Reception, "Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays"

Imperial Valley News | Dec 17, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry will host the annual “Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays” reception at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the Department of State.

Waiting for Obama

Aljazeera | Dec 17, 2014

It's peculiar that the US president has more say about the death of an Arab than the life of an American, and yet despite all the Middle East turmoil, he has not sat down for an interview with an Arab journalist since 2009.  

The Battle For German Public Opinion: The Russia/Ukraine Narrative

Forbes | Dec 16, 2014

Putin’s propaganda machine is fighting a desperate PR battle—at home and abroad—for control of the narrative of its war against Ukraine.  Setbacks make the battle for German public opinion even more crucial, a battle that is now being conducted on the front pages of the German press. 

The Roots of #IllRideWithYou

The Atlantic | Dec 16, 2014

On a train, one passenger reportedly spotted a Muslim woman removing her hijab, ostensibly out of fear of being targeted. The passenger told her to put it back on and offered to walk with her in solidarity. And so began #IllRideWithYou. The hashtag went viral and is currently still trending worldwide, hours after the end of the hostage crisis.

The Ethiopian Public Diplomacy Delegation Leaving for Cairo Today

All Africa | Dec 16, 2014

The public diplomacy delegation of Ethiopia comprised of more than 70 renowned personalities from all walks of life and journalists is leaving for Cairo today (December 15, 2014). The public diplomacy delegation, the first of its kind, is traveling To Egypt with the objective of building trust and fraternal relations between the peoples' of Ethiopia and Egypt.

EU Ministers Push for Larger Private Sector Role in Development

Devex | Dec 16, 2014

Recognizing that the private sector is adopting an increasingly higher profile in global development efforts, European Union development ministers agreed Friday on an ambitious set of proposals to strengthen the role of the private sector in future EU-funded projects.

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