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.

Dumpling Diplomacy: Learning To Cook With Columbus Refugees

Iman Altaani cracks fresh pepper into a pot of sizzling ground beef and onions, surrounded by a group of students. Most have never tasted Syrian food, let alone cooked it. Helping people find commonality is, in large part, why Amanda Warner co-founded the non-profit organization Better Plate. For $30, students get a crash course in another country’s cuisine and a home-cooked meal – not from a trained chef, but from refugees recently resettled in Columbus and adjusting to life in America.

Tags: gastrodiplomacy, refugee diplomacy, Syrian Refugee, Syrian Refugee Crisis, united states, people to people diplomacy, non-profit

How Turkey’s Refugee Response Is Different

By far the greatest burden of receiving Syria’s refugees has fallen not on the United States or on Europe, but on Syria’s neighbors: Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Together, these countries are hosting most of the five million Syrians. [...] The Turkish city of Gaziantep sets an example in treating refugees humanely. [...] Refugees are allowed to work and have access to free health care and schools, and the government has repeatedly committed to creating a pathway to Turkish citizenship.

Tags: op-ed, op-ed diplomacy, refugee diplomacy, Syrian Refugee, Syrian Refugee Crisis, turkey, lebanon, jordan, syria

Determined Exchange Students Make Their Start in Bratislava

"I really want to see the Tatras," said Aistė Černauskytė, a political science student from Lithuania, after having laid her eyes on the landscape of Slovakia during her bus trip to Bratislava. Aistė is one of the international students who arrived to spend a semester in Bratislava. She spent 21 hours on the bus from Vilnius, across Poland, right to the Slovak capital. "Central Europe isn't very well-known to me," says Aistė Černauskytė, who appreciates the strategically good location of Bratislava for traveling.

Tags: exchange diplomacy, foreign student exchange, student exchange, bratislava, slovakia, soft power, Cultural Diplomacy, central europe, nation branding, university exchange

Poland's Selfie Diplomacy

Known as Selfie Diplomacy, the use of social media to manage national images is now routinely practiced by foreign ministries around the world. [...] Through an array of social media profiles, the Polish foreign ministry is attempting to narrate Poland's role in Nazi atrocities during World War II. 

Tags: europe, selfie diplomacy, selfie, selfies, Nation Image, nation branding, social media, social media diplomacy, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, nazi germany, poland

‘Tourism Brings Hope, Prosperity and Understanding’

“Tourism is today the third largest export industry in the world after chemicals and fuels,” Taleb Rifai said on Tuesday in a video message to the opening ceremony of an event held in Tehran to mark World Tourism Day, September 27. "Last year alone, 1.235 million travelers crossed international borders in one single year. By 2030, this 1.2 billion will become 1.8 billion,” Rifai added.

 

Tags: cultural tourism, international tourism, Cultural Diplomacy, tehran, iran, world tourism organization, cultural heritage

China Seeks Media Cooperation to Promote Belt and Road Initiative

According to Chinese vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, the media has a crucial role to play in ensuring that people all over the world understand what Belt and Road initiative is all about. [...] The NPC official, just like the vice premier, however admitted that a lot needs to be done to get more people to understand what the concept stands for. In his opinion, the “project of the century” as is being referred to, seeks to only build a community of shared future and prosperity for all.

 

Tags: international broadcasting, new silk road, silk road, silk road diplomacy, broadcasting, china, kenya, ethiopia, public opinion, belt and road initiative

Second Batch of Marawi Children Go On Educational Tour

The Army’s First Infantry Division and the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi has brought the second batch of selected children from Marawi City to a five-day educational tour in Manila. The five-day activity, dubbed as “Tabak Education Tour 2,” is from Tuesday, September 26, until Saturday, September 30. The children will be brought to selected locations in Manila including a simple meet and greet activity with President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang Palace.

 

Tags: education diplomacy, marawi, philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, manila, peace building, soft power

Half Of German Improv Class Is Filled With Refugees

With the election in Germany bringing immigration to the fore, the NPR podcast Rough Translation visits an improv class where new arrivals learn the unwritten rules of German culture. 

Tags: podcast, nation branding, germany, syrian refugees, german public diplomacy, improv, refugees welcome

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