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.

Aid Groups Call for Access to Myanmar Conflict Zone

International aid groups in Myanmar have urged the government to allow free access to Rakhine State, where an army offensive has sent 480,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh but hundreds of thousands remain cut off from food, shelter and medical care. [...] "INGOs in Myanmar are increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State," aid groups said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Tags: foreign aid, civil society, myanmar, rohingya, aid groups, humanitarian action, humanitarian aid

North Korea Skaters Seek Olympic Bid, and Diplomats Cheer

The next effort to defuse the nuclear brinksmanship over North Korea’s missile and bomb testing may come, not from diplomats, but from a pair of North Korean figure skaters who perform to music by the Beatles. An obscure competition on Thursday and Friday here in Bavaria has gained geopolitical urgency as the pairs team of Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik seek to become the first North Korean athletes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Tags: north korea, skate diplomacy, beatles, figure skating, athlete diplomats, pyeongchang, south korea, winter olympics

Pitbull Praised for Puerto Rico Jet Loan

Rapper Pitbull has been praised after sending his private plane to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico to transport cancer patients to the US mainland. [...] The Miami-born star - real name Armando Perez - told the New York Daily News he was "just doing [his] part."

Tags: celebrity diplomacy, pitbull, puerto rico, hurricane, disaster relief, action aid, Hurricane Irma, hurricane maria

How the West Kowloon Arts Hub Can Help Hong Kong Win Back its Edge

We have fallen behind Shenzhen in innovation and technology, but we can close the gap by excelling in arts and culture, given our rich cultural heritage and talent, and creative youth. [...] To enhance our position as an arts hub and foster international exchange, the Hong Kong Palace Museum at West Kowloon can be a strong platform. It will exhibit many of China’s most precious historic artifacts, and tourists and connoisseurs will not have to travel to Beijing to view these treasures.

Tags: op-ed, city branding, hong kong, city diplomacy, china, west kowloon, cultural artifacts, tourism

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

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