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.

Obama, Muslims, the Potomac Primaries and a Changing America

The American Muslim
If he can win the nomination, and the Presidency, I wonder how this will play in the Muslim world….What does he offer? First and foremost: his face. Think of it as the most effective potential re-branding of the United States since Reagan. Such a re-branding is not trivial—it’s central to an effective war strategy.

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A Lot of Doom About Nothing

There is no doubt America’s “popularity,” as measured by various global opinion surveys, has fallen in recent years. What’s striking, however, is how little of this has mattered in terms of the domestic political choices of other countries or the consequences for the United States.

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China plans to use Olympics to spread Chinese language

The Communist Party leadership now wants to use the coming Olympic Games as a launching pad for spreading the knowledge of Chinese language among sports lovers across the world.

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Nye calls for combining tactics to curb N. Korea

"The solution to the problems of North Korea is not going to rest on attracting Kim Jong-il," he said, referring to the leader in Pyongyang. "In the long run, it's going to require a great deal of soft power to attract people to a better way of living and a better form of government."

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Chinese official: China-UK Women’s Cultural Festival to foster understanding, friendship

The China-UK Women's Cultural Festival will further enhance mutual understanding between women of the two countries and draw specific links between Beijing and London on hosting Olympic Games, a visiting Chinese official said here on Monday.

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Group of NGOs will push Arab League to adopt uniform policy on climate change

Daily Star
The Arab Climate Network will take its first step this week in creating a united Arab policy on climate change, as network co-founder Wael Hmaidan leaves for Jordan to talk with environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) about joining the network…Aside from political and economic concerns, the fledgling network also wants to make Arab people, not just NGOs and bureaucrats, aware of the importance of climate issues, Hmaidan said.

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Implementing AFRICOM

One of the Foreign Service's most experienced Africa specialists assesses the Pentagon's new Africa Command and finds there will be issues, but they can be managed, and it will be "up to U.S. ambassadors in the field to guide all these new boots into careful paths."

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EC ready to impose price cuts on cross-border texting

The Guardian
"I want to see the end of these artificial borders between networks and nations which are both preventing private consumers and business customers from benefiting fully from the single borderless market we have created between 27 EU countries so far."

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