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.

Turkey’s ‘Soft Power’ Reaches North African Universities

The cooperation plan includes the establishment of a joint Tunisia-Turkey university, promotion of collaboration among Turkish and Tunisian universities, and the enhancement of student and faculty exchanges. [...] The partnership with Turkey has also paved the way for the establishment of North African cross-border institutes or campuses in Turkey as part of a wider bid to position Turkey as a higher education hub for Arab students. 

Tags: soft power, Cultural Diplomacy, turkey, north africa, regional alliance, partnership, international exchange

Culinary Arts Festival held by Cultural Diplomacy Serena Hotels

The Thai Ambassador said: “The Royal Thai Embassy is very pleased to work with Serena Hotel to present authentic and Halal Thai food to Pakistani guests. Thailand is famous for excellence in food and for its wonderful cultural heritage as well as the amazing cultural performances. The Royal Thai Embassy in Islamabad hopes that everyone will enjoy authentic Thai cuisine and the very lively performances by the professional cultural troupe from Thailand.”

Tags: culinary art, culinary diplomacy, gastrodiplomacy, food diplomacy, islamabad, thailand, cultural exchange, Cultural Diplomacy

International Education Critical for Asia’s Diplomacy

International education in Asia Pacific has been a critical diplomacy tool for the region – one that is becoming all the more essential given the tempestuous global political landscape and a move towards isolationism in a number of countries, educators said this week at the Asia Pacific Association for International Education conference. [...] stakeholders nonetheless observed that the region’s global competitiveness continues to increase.

Tags: international exchange, smart & soft power, international education, asia pacific, global influence, people to people exchange

In Putin’s Russia, The Hollowed-Out Media Mirrors the State

Putin perfectly understood the power of the media that helped propel his famously unpopular predecessor Boris Yeltsin into power in 1996. So the first thing he did after assuming the presidency in 2000 was to force all the major TV channels to submit to his will. Oligarch owners were either co-opted, jailed or exiled, and by 2006 most major Russian media were either directly or indirectly under Putin’s administration’s control.

Tags: international broadcasting, smart & soft power, government pd, russia, vladimir putin, propaganda, media, strategic communications

Pakistan-U.S. Ties: A Glimpse into History

At a time when Pakistan-US relations are possibly at the lowest ebb for a number of reasons, few people remember or even know of the peak days when a US first lady visited Pakistan and extensively travelled across the country to a rousing welcome by thousands of men, women and children 55 years ago. From Karachi to Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar, people were seen lining the roads and streets, waving, cheering and cherishing their country’s friendship with the United States.

Tags: history & theory, government pd, pakistan, united states, bilateral relations, south asia, diplomatic relations

Kosovo’s Upcoming Iceland Match Is More Than Just Football

Set for March 25, the game – Kosovo against Iceland – is part of the first round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But it is much more than a simple football match. Sports diplomacy has been the most successful strategy implemented by Kosovo to garner international recognition. It’s been nine years since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, after Kosovo Albanians sought independence during the Yugoslavian wars. 

Tags: sports diplomacy, nation branding, kosovo, serbia, iceland, fifa, football diplomacy, olympics, international image

4 Globaldev Social Media Campaigns that Worked

Social media experts gathered at the Bond Conference in London on Tuesday to reflect on their favorite global development-related social media campaigns in recent years and to offer lessons learned for raising the profile of an event, cause or organization. Covering a variety of the most successful campaigns to date — from a hashtag promoting pride in British aid to an effort to engage with online trolls.

Tags: digital diplomacy & new tech, global aid & development, social media, advocacy campaign, refugee crisis, united kingdom

Science-Loving Teens From Ghana And D.C. Geek Out Together

Together, the 15 high schoolers formed a team for the first World Smarts STEM Challenge. That's a science competition run by IREX, a global development nonprofit that strives to promote student enthusiasm for science, tech, engineering and math (aka STEM). Each of the 17 teams had teenagers in the D.C. area partnering with Ghanaians to identify and solve a real-world problem. 

Tags: international exchange, STEM programs, ghana, africa, united states, IREX, education, science, technology

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