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.

Musica 2017 Comes Alive

Preparations for Musica 2017 (Musica), the annual music festival organized by the Embassy of Italy, are at an advanced stage and will be running under the theme: The World coming together in Zimbabwe, the high profile international event will run from October 4 to 7 at the new Italian Club in Chisipite and at various other venues in capital. In a recent interview, the Ambassador of Italy to Zimbabwe Enrico De Agostini said the 10th edition of Musics will be bigger and better than ever before. 

Tags: music diplomacy, italy, zimbabwe, Cultural Diplomacy, art diplomacy, international music festival, music festival

‘INDIAN OCEAN’ Enthrals Music Lovers at Baku Boulevard

Top Indian band ‘INDIAN OCEAN’ which is visiting Azerbaijan on an international tour performed a captivating concert at Baku Sea side Boulevard on September 11, 2017 which was much enjoyed by Azerbaijani as well as tourists...The present visit of Indian Ocean Band comes as a part of the celebrations of 25th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of India and the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Tags: music diplomacy, india, azerbaijan, India and Azerbaijan 25th Anniversary, Cultural Diplomacy, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Indian Association Azerbaijan

U.S. Music Diplomacy Continues in KK

Kota Kinabalu: The United States Embassy in Kuala Lumpur continued its music diplomacy by bringing in one of America's hottest rock bands – ASIDIC - to entertain music lovers at the Black Box venue at Suria Sabah on Friday. "The U.S. budget is a matter decided by Congress and the State Department and we hope to continue this next year as this is an investment in people (ties)," a spokesman said, when asked if such concerts would fall victim to new President Donald Trump's cost-cutting.

Tags: music diplomacy, Kota Kinabalu, united states, U.S. State Department, Cultural Diplomacy, malaysia

Afrobeats Diplomacy: Using Music as a Potent Diplomatic Tool

In recent years, Nigeria has been in the news for a different reason – its music. With the popularity of young Nigerian musicians internationally, a new generation has a new word association with Nigeria – Afrobeats. As we harness the newfound fondness of Nigerian Entertainment for economic gain both domestically and internationally, we must also see its potential in shaping public opinion and international policy and helping advance Nigeria’s interests on the global stage.

Tags: afrobeats diplomacy, music diplomacy, nigeria, afrobeats, culture, arts, economic growth, international exposure

America’s Unlikely Cold War Weapon

As World War II ended, America faced another challenge: the Cold War with the USSR and the Eastern Bloc it influenced. As relations began to freeze, it became clear that nuclear weapons, spies, and the traditional tools of war wouldn’t be enough to fight Soviet hegemony. And so the West, argues Greg Barnhisel, turned to their secret weapon: books.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, cold war, united states, books, ussr, soft power, book diplomacy

11th Cyprus-Russia Gala

One of the most important cultural events in Cyprus and one of the most important events related to Russia outside its borders – the 11th Cyprus-Russia Gala – will be held on 15 October 2017 at the Presidential Palace. [...] The event, which brings together artistic, political and business personalities from both countries, is the initiative of Ensemble Productions Ltd, which is proud to work for the 11th year on this cultural experience – a unique opportunity to promote Russian spirit and Cypriot hospitality.

Tags: cultural exchange, cyprus, russia, cyprus-russia gala, art, politics, business

The Real New Diplomacies – Emerging in the East

Both diplomacy and international relations are European constructs, products of the specific contingencies of European history. They dominate global governance not because they are universal concepts, but because of the domination firstly of European powers and then the U.S. As U.S. hegemony declines and a more genuinely multipolar world system emerges, will alternative approaches to diplomacy and global governance also emerge?

Tags: traditional diplomacy, new diplomacy, americas, diplomatic art, historical pd, economic development, one belt one road

Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange 1920-45

Though Mexico and the U.S. may not have had the most amicable relationship throughout history, one positive cultural phenomenon that came out of their contentious relationship was the emergence of modern Mexican art. The upcoming exhibition “Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920–1945” at The University of Texas at Austin not only reveals the cultural exchange between Mexico and the U.S, but also exhibits how Mexican art and design gained international attention.

Tags: international exchange, art exchange, mexico, united states, mexico modern, university of texas


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