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.

Thoughts on IBB and the U.S. Government’s ‘Media Mix’

Shortwave Should Not Be an ‘Emergency-When-All-Else-Fails’ Medium, But Should Be Maintained and Expanded... Most of the governments of the world the USG wants to reach are often somewhat hostile to the message, necessitating what has historically been called “cross-border” broadcasting.

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Global Women Summit to promote Vietnamese image

Head of the Summit’s Organising Board Tran Thi Thuy said that the selection of Vietnam to host such an event has reflected the organising board’s high appreciation for the nation. “This is also a favourable opportunity for Vietnam to promote its national image, attract investment and tourists and facilitate Vietnamese women entrepreneurs to exchange information and management experiences and seek business partners,” she said.

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80 % hike in US visas for Indians

There has been 80 per cent increase in visas for Indians travelling to the United States, according to Consul General in Mumbai Michael S Owen. A total of 2.26 lakh visas were issued last year, up from 1.25 lakh in 2006. "The government-to-government contacts are important but people-to-people contacts by non-stage actors are more important for the relationship," Owen said while delivering the Lincon Memorial Lecture organised by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce.

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Soothe, seethe

China does not want the West or its neighbours to get alarmed. It fears that anti-China sentiment abroad could fuel nationalism at home, which in turn could pressure on policymakers to engage in a vicious cycle of tit-for-tat responses. So even as Chinese nationalists have been seething over perceived insults by foreigners, their leaders have been reaching out to traditional rivals.

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UA to Train Iraqi Students

The Iraqi leaders of tomorrow will be trained to be environmentally and socially conscious leaders during a summer institute crafted by University of Arizona faculty and administrators. The University recently was named one of six host sites chosen to be part of the 2008 Iraqi Youth Leadership Exchange Program. The other sites include the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University and Colorado State University. The program is organized by World Learning, an international nongovernmental organization.

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It is time to strengthen Brazil-Arab exchange

Brazil and the Arab countries must take advantage of the good moment their economies are in to strengthen their relations in several areas. The statement was made by the president at the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Antonio Sarkis Jr., during a meeting with Arab ambassadors held yesterday..."These are two wealthy regions currently experiencing strong development. We must seize the moment to make political, economic and cultural relations stronger, so that we may continue to reap positive results," stated Sarkis.

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EU backs exchange scheme to teach Europeans Chinese

200 European schoolteachers and 400 headmasters will be sent to China over the next four years to help them improve their language skills and gain a better understanding of Chinese culture.

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Africa: Critics Target U.S. Military Command

Streamlining the image of the command is proving every bit as demanding as putting personnel and equipment in place, however. Controversy has surrounded AFRICOM on both sides of the Atlantic since the start of the initiative, and appears unlikely to fade any time soon.

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