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.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Launches ‘Soft Diplomacy’ Initiative

As part of its “soft public diplomacy” efforts, the Israeli Foreign Ministry embarked this week on a new program to teach Hebrew to the Arab world. To this end, the ministry’s digital diplomacy department on Tuesday uploaded a video clip to its Arabic-language Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, in which two staffers offer a lesson in simple words, such as, “Yes,” “Thanks” and “Hello.”

Tags: soft diplomacy, language diplomacy, language program, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, hebrew, israel, arab world

UAE and UK's Cultural Collaboration Breaks Ground by Treading Softly

A collaboration between the British Council, the UK government and local strategic partners such as Abu Dhabi’s Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA), the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (DCAA) and the UAE’s Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration is a series of events that range from the recent performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End record-breaking musical Cats at Dubai Opera, to scientific conferences on the UAE’s future ­urban development.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, arts and culture, bilateral relations, scientific cooperation, united arab emirates, united kingdom, year of creative collaboration, uk/uae 2017

Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda Launch Tourism Portal

Three countries can now jointly market their tourism products online with the launch of the first joint East African destination portal, visiteastafrica.org. Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) CEO Betty Radier joined top tourism officials from Uganda and Rwanda in unveiling the platform at the Pearl of Africa Trade Expo held in Uganda at the weekend, a KTB statement issued on Sunday said. 

Tags: tourism, international tourism, sustainable tourism, east africa, kenya, rwanda, uganda

Enhancing Effectiveness of Humanitarian Diplomacy

Indisputably, as Kenya edges closer to its middle power ambition, its new frontier of influence does not lie in a Spartan projection of its military prowess – although military might is sometimes crucial. It rests on carefully weaving the technologies of “Athenian soft power” associated with humanitarian diplomacy. To be sure, humanitarian response capacity is an integral component of the development agenda of many developing countries. It also enables countries to project their soft power regionally and globally. 

Tags: humanitarian diplomacy, humanitarian aid, humanitarian assistance, soft power, disaster relief, kenya, horn of africa

Pakistan Partakes in Abu Dhabi Defence Event to Better Global Image

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference 2017 (IDEX 2017), a five-day defence exhibition, started with a colourful and impressive inaugural ceremony at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) on Sunday morning. The United Arab Emirates' armed forces took part in a military show at the opening of the Abu Dhabi event. Over 1,200 defence companies are presenting their products at IDEX 2017, in which 57 countries, including Pakistan, are participating.

Tags: Nation Image, global image, international image, defense diplomacy, pakistan, united arab emirates, abu dhabi, idex 2017

Traditional Chinese Culture Gets a Fresh Plug

The non-governmental foundation [Zhang Boju and Pan Su Cultural Development Foundation] was set up by the late Mr Zhang's grandson, Mr Lou Kaizhao, 54, to promote traditional Chinese culture, at a time when President Xi Jinping has called for "cultural self-confidence" and the development of China's cultural soft power. The foundation also has the long- term goal of recovering cultural relics that have been lost overseas, in keeping with Mr Zhang's endeavour throughout his life to protect Chinese cultural heritage from falling into foreign hands.

Tags: soft power, chinese culture, cultural heritage, non state pd, arts and culture, china

Festival Indonesia in Russia Part of Economic Diplomacy

The Indonesian Embassy in Moscow will again host the Festival Indonesia this year as part of economic diplomacy efforts to promote superior products and the potential of Indonesia. [...] The Festival Indonesia this year to promote superior products of Indonesia will be enlivened by among other things, business forum, products exhibition, Indonesian arts and cultural performances, and information services on Indonesia.

Tags: indonesia, russia, economic diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, cultural exchange, exhibitions, nation branding

Ethiopia: Ethio-China Dynamic Economic Relations

In terms of people to people exchange programmes, Ethiopia is one of the largest from Africa in terms of getting Chinese government scholarships. More than 4,000 Ethiopians have been offered such scholarships in China over the past ten years, he noted.

Tags: ethiopia, china, economic diplomacy, economic relations, trade exchange, international exchange, people-to-people exchanges

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