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.

Ethiopia-Greece Bilateral Ties Flourishing

Remembering the first Greek mission to Ethiopia dated back to 1917, the ambassador said the two countries' historic diplomatic relations have been flourishing through time as both have been successful in upholding their common interests. He said historically, the ancient Ethiopian gold coins have Greek inscriptions and the same is true to ancient Sabean epigraph.

Tags: government pd, cultural exchange, economic diplomacy, greece, ethiopia, european union, africa, bilateral relations

Hacking Defense and Diplomacy in Silicon Valley

With technology empowering non-traditional actors who create asymmetric threats, there are real questions as to how the Department of Defense (DOD) can best ensure security and preserve privacy. For many years, DOD has worked to attract top technologists from Silicon Valley. I was part of one White House initiative called the Presidential Innovation Fellows, where technologists and venture capitalists go to Washington.

Tags: digital diplomacy & new tech, government pd, silicon valley, department of defense, presidential innovation fellows, hacking 4 defense

‘I’ll be in Canada': More Students Are Looking to Head North

Almilaji had more hope of getting back to his wife. But he understands his new reality as a Syrian trying to study in the United States: “I have to accept being lost between orders and anti-orders.” Suddenly, Canada is looking like a really good option. “Canada is having a moment,” Ted Sargent, vice president-international at the University of Toronto, said last month. “It is a time of opportunity.”

Tags: smart & soft power, international exchange, refugees, canada, united states, international image, international education

Soccer Diplomacy in Singapore's 'Little Burma'

A goal kick away from the Toa Payoh Stadium are reminders of the once-close ties between Myanmar and this Singapore neighborhood, home to the Burmese Buddhist Temple and streets named for the towns and rivers of the Golden Land. The arena hosts Balestier Khalsa Football Club, of Singapore's professional soccer league, and sits in the middle of a community which arrived from the country then known as Burma in the 1940s and 1950s.

Tags: soccer diplomacy, sports diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, malaysia, singapore, burma, economic development, asia

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

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