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.

Brazilian and U.S. Armies Reinforce Exchange

According to reports from the Brazilian Army’s Social Communication Center (CCOMSEx), CBEMs are military diplomacy tools for the alliance between partner nations. “International understandings and commitments support the geopolitical needs of both countries’ interests,” CCOMSEx explained to Diálogo. [...] “Brazilian and U.S. service personnel can expand partnerships for exchanging defense products from both armies and for planning and executing maneuvers in the areas of logistics, intelligence, communications, cybernetics, and command and control,” said CCOMSEx.

Tags: military exchange, brazil, united states, mutual understanding, geopolitics, defense, intelligence, cyber power

Promoting EU Cultural and Educational Diplomacy in the Philippines

In 2016, for the first time, the EU adopted a “Strategy for international cultural relations” that focuses on advancing cultural cooperation with partner countries across three main strands: supporting culture and education as engines for sustainable social and economic development; promoting intercultural dialogue for peaceful inter-community relations; and reinforcing cooperation on cultural heritage.

Tags: educational diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, EU, philippines, cultural relations, cooperation, sustainability, econommic development

Food as a Tool of Diplomacy and as a Weapon of War

What can be done to prevent war, restore peace and address terrorism in a world that is full of conflict? Food, a basic necessity that many take for granted, has been one powerful tool that has been used to address issues of conflict and violence. Delaware Valley University’s graduate public policy program’s Policy in Practice Series and the Food Systems Institute are proud to present a lecture on the impact of food on war and peace efforts.

Tags: food diplomacy, gastrodiplomacy, peace, food, diplomatic tool, delaware valley university, public policy

Tillerson's Russia and ISIS Fighting Anti-Propaganda Unit Is Losing Key Staff

An embattled anti-propaganda unit intended to combat Russian and Islamic State militant group (ISIS) misinformation is losing key staff even after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson began to fund the program at the urging of Congress. Nash Borges, chief technology officer at the anti-propaganda Global Engagement Center’s (GEC), left the unit last Friday according to Defense One, which obtained a copy of his final email to staff.

Tags: counter-propaganda, propaganda, misinformation, isis, russian propaganda, russia, united states

Tit for Tat: Diplomatic Expulsions and Closures

On September 2, 2017, U.S. authorities seized the buildings of the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in San Francisco and the Russian Trade Mission in Washington, D.C. Simultaneously, Russian representatives were denied access to the rented premises of the Russian Trade Mission in New York...Despite emotional coloring and personification, this situation suggests a “tit for tat” of diplomatic expulsions. The diplomats of both countries should know where to draw the line.

Tags: bilateral relations, bilateral relationship, government pd, Diplomatic Controversy, diplomatic closures, diplomatic expulsion, diplomatic missions, embassies, consulates, social media, Russian-American relations, u.s.-russian relations, russia, united states, maria zakharova

Bangladesh PM Warns Myanmar over Rohingya Refugees

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has promised to help more than 300,000 ­Rohingya refugees but warned her government would “take steps” to ensure Myanmar “take their nationals back”. Ms Hasina visited Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar yesterday to distribute aid and told tens of thousands of refugees her government would build a huge new camp to house a quarter of a million refugees.

Tags: bangladesh, prime minister sheikh hasina, myanmar, rohingya, refugee diplomacy, refugees, Cox Bazar

Cuba Receives Aid from Venezuela after Hurricane Irma

A Venezuelan army plane carrying 7.3 tons of humanitarian aid arrived in Havana on Tuesday, becoming the first foreign relief to arrive in Cuba after Hurricane Irma battered the island over the weekend. The Chinese-made Y-8 plane touched down at Jose Marti International Airport with a message of solidarity from the people and government of Venezuela, Havana's main political and economic ally in the region.

Tags: aid diplomacy, Hurricane Irma, venezuela, cuba, disaster relief, disaster aid

Digital Diplomacy’s Downsides

It was only a few years ago that e-diplomacy was being heralded as an unalloyed force for good. This 21st Century form of statecraft would bring transparency and openness to the closeted world of international affairs...U.S. President Donald Trump has obviously highlighted the dangers of conducting foreign policy by social media. In the hands of the impulsive and uniformed, the smart phone becomes a dangerous weapon.

Tags: digital diplomacy, twitter, domestic policy, Donald Trump, facebook, nuclear diplomacy, soft power, twiplomacy, e-diplomacy, op-ed


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