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.

ASEAN at 50: Uncertain Times Call for Smart Diplomacy

As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations celebrates its 50th anniversary, the complexity of the internal and external environment is severely testing its approach to cooperative security that rests, above all, on preserving the sovereignty of each of the 10 member states.

Tags: asean, smart diplomacy, southeast asia, geopolitics, south china sea, foreign policy

Water Day: EU Pledges to Secure Clean Water Access to All

According to the Declaration, the European Union has provided more than €2.2 billion to water and sanitation projects in more than 62 countries worldwide and will continue supporting people affected by natural and man-made disasters by providing access to clean water.

Tags: world water day, global aid & development, clean water, european union, middle east, humanitarian efforts, unicef

Governments 'Must Use Social Media to Reach Youth'

Focusing on the impact of social media on the youth, Pashollari said: “In the UAE, the youth represents 60 per cent of the population. Governments must therefore consult the youth before implementing policies, and social media represents the perfect medium to enable this two-way communication. In addition, it can encourage the youth to create public opinion on important international issues..."

Tags: social media, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, youth, communication, government pd, dialogued, public opinion

International-Exchange Programs Bolster Foreign Policy

International-exchange and engagement programs such as the Fulbright, USAID, and the Peace Corps, among others, are key components of American cultural diplomacy, which, as a tool, is cheaper than guns and more widespread in its effects than intercontinental ballistic missiles. Soft power — whether Hollywood, international trade, or exchange programs — has always been a primary means of spreading the American values of democracy, freedom, and prosperity around the globe. 

Tags: foreign policy, international exchange, Cultural Diplomacy, international programs, Opinion, soft power

What You Can Learn At a French Food Festival About Gastro Diplomacy

As the Ambassador of France in India, Alexandre Ziegler, put it so expressively: “Partnerships between nations are not forged only by diplomats signing MoUs.” Ziegler, who’s from Sauternes, home to the world’s finest dessert wines in Bordeaux, and who owes his Germanic name to his Swiss great-grandfather, kept repeating that French cuisine is not only haute cuisine. [...] Gout France may be a one-night affair, but it underlines one salient feature of the emerging world civilisation — food brings people closer in a discordant universe.

Tags: french, food diplomacy, gastrodiplomacy, gastronomy, french cuisine, india, soft power

UAE Launches 50-Year Plan to Strengthen Soft Power

United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched here on Wednesday a long-term government plan to strengthen the country's reputation and soft power, and to ensure that government revenues rely less on oil, state news agency WAM reported.

Tags: uae, soft power, government pd, IT, engineering, education program, economic diplomacy, middle east, north africa

U.S. Efforts to Counter ISIS Require Multilateralism and a Strong U.N.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host foreign ministers and senior officials from the 67 nations that make up the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS [...] The coalition has made great strides leading the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. It is a perfect example of multilateral and bilateral foreign policy, just as the White House is calling for big cuts in funds to the United Nations.

Tags: government pd, non state pd, multilateralism, united nations, united states, isis, iraq, syria, budget

Dance Diplomats Take to the Stage in Ethiopia

There's a new way of doing diplomacy in Ethiopia's capital, one that forsakes speeches in favour of music, sweat and bare feet. A troupe of New York-based dancers arrived in the capital Addis Ababa earlier this month to boogie their way to closer ties between the United States and Ethiopia, a major East African economy and counterterrorism partner for Washington.

Tags: dance diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, united states, ethiopia, africa, bilateral relations, counterterrorism

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