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.

Culture’s Role as Tool of Soft Power and Economic Development

The many ways in which countries can cooperate in promoting cultural heritage and intercultural dialogue were the main topics discussed by the foreign ministers of Greece, Italy, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Peru, Bolivia and Mexico in the “Ancient Civilizations”  conference held in Athens on Monday. [...] Well-known Greek and foreign archaeologists, professors and museum directors from these ten countries spoke about the proposed actions and successful examples of culture management.

Tags: smart & soft power, Cultural Diplomacy, economic development, ancient civilizations, greece, museum diplomacy, cultural heritage, cross cultural dialogue

First Chinese Library Opens in Mexico to Promote Cultural Exchange

The first China-themed library in Mexico was inaugurated on Monday in a bid to promote cultural exchange.Books on Chinese history, art, culture, traditional medicine and music, among other topics, as well as digital and video archives, can be found at the new Chinese Library at Mexico City's Anahuac University. Officials from China and the prestigious private university were on hand to inaugurate the 14th library of its kind worldwide, as part of celebrations marking 45 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Tags: cultural exchange, Cultural Diplomacy, mexico, china, diplomatic relations, literature, education

Opening Horizons Through University Exchange Programs in Africa

I decided to embark in the Erasmus Programme in 2007-2008. I landed in Madrid, Spain, at the Universidad Pontificia de las Comillas, thanks to cross-border cooperation with my sending university Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy, studying business and marketing, and taking exams that could enhance my job employability, my Spanish speaking and writing skills, and the opportunity of having friends from all over the world. It was a fantastic experience.

Tags: international exchange, Cultural Diplomacy, africa, european union, erasmus, cross cultural dialogue, united nations

SWEDEN’S PUBLIC DIPLOMACY MUST ADAPT TO ITS NEW GLOBAL ROLE

Over the past decade, Sweden’s public diplomacy has been quick to affirm the low-hanging fruit of cosmopolitan global public opinion, which might be summarized as the belief that Sweden could well be the most fairly organized society in the world. It is the country that, according to the Good Country Index, makes the most prolific contribution to the global commons. Its feminist foreign policy is currently making waves at the UN Security Council. 

Tags: government pd, nation branding, international image, europe, sweden, stockholm, good country index

Basketball Diplomacy a Slam Dunk in Cameroon

American and Cameroonian soldiers come from entirely separate parts of the world with distinct cultural differences. [...] a 101st Airborne Division-led unit based in northern Cameroon, built a basketball court with freshly painted lines and hoops weighed down by concrete blocks next to an active runway. They then invited Cameroon service members from the local area for a basketball game to help foster better cohesion.

Tags: sports diplomacy, basketball diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, united states, cameroon, army, air force

StandWithUs' Latin America Initiative Discussed

Ilan Lopez, a former Israel Defense Forces soldier and director of StandWithUs Latin America, recently visited South Florida where he spoke with Hispanic groups and at schools. The aim of this new Latin America initiative of SWU, an Israel education organization, is to provide support, material and guidance to Latin students on United States campuses, high schools and the community. Lopez was in town as part of an Israeli Soldiers Tour.

Tags: non state pd, international exchange, StandWithUs, israel, latin america, diaspora, education, united states, international image

Africa is Becoming Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Best Customer

While China’s presence and influence in Africa is well documented – especially regarding resource extraction – another element is increasingly becoming an important economic and political tool: traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese involvement in Africa has long included a prominent medical presence, with Beijing supporting medical efforts on the continent for decades. As China’s export capacity increased in the late 1990s and early 2000s

Tags: smart & soft power, global aid & development, china, africa, traditional chinese medicine, global health, influence, economic development

Taiwan’s ‘Hacker Minister’ Reshaping Digital Democracy

Taiwan’s “digital minister,” Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she’s a “civic hacker” who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm. Appointed by leaders hoping to better connect with young voters who helped sweep independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen into office last year, the 35-year-old Tang is using her expertise to more directly involve the public in policymaking, and to counter “fake news.”

Tags: digital diplomacy & new tech, government pd, taiwan, asia, democracy, fake news, policymaking

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