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.
When We Torture
New York Times
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pushed last year to close Guantánamo because of its wretched impact on American foreign policy. But they lost the argument to Alberto Gonzales and Dick Cheney. So America spends millions of dollars bolstering public diplomacy and sponsoring chipper radio and television broadcasts to the Islamic world — and then undoes it all with Guantánamo.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Joins the “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’’
Entertainment today announced a public-private partnership with the "President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief" (PEPFAR) to raise awareness about the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, and to collaborate on prevention efforts. The first product of the partnership between Warner Bros. Entertainment and PEPFAR is a movie trailer to illustrate PEPFAR's work and results in HIV prevention, care and treatment.
Behind Obama and Clinton
Progressive Democrats do have reason to be disappointed with Obama's foreign policy agenda. At the same time, as The Nation magazine noted, members of Obama's foreign policy team are "more likely to stress 'soft power' issues like human rights, global development and the dangers of failed states." As a result, "Obama may be more open to challenging old Washington assumptions and crafting new approaches."
Bush Plans Africa Trip to Tout HIV/AIDS Program
The Africa trip is meant to highlight the administration's work on AIDS and Malaria. Bush's former speech writer Michael Gerson says the Bush years should be known for its soft power approach in Africa.
Charm of People’s Diplomacy
At the annual conference of the Chinese-Japanese Friendship Committee, geared for the 21st century, the attendees reiterated the "three basics" for healthy China- Japan relations, underscoring the principle that the people of both nations are the true foundation for bilateral ties.
Revamped Sri Lanka Tourist Board eyes tourism growth
According to a report by Sri Lanka's Sunday Observer, the newly restructured Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) is set to roll out a number of initiatives in order to boost inbound visitor numbers.
Spielberg in Darfur snub to China
US film director Steven Spielberg has withdrawn as an artistic adviser for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing….BBC's James Reynolds in Beijing says the decision will anger and worry the authorities there. Since Beijing won the right to host the Games it has always tried to keep China's politics and China's Olympics separate, he says, and it has attacked anyone who has tried to link the two.
Europe not to be underestimated
European countries' success in overcoming centuries of animosity and the development of a large internal market have given them a great deal of soft power. At the Cold War's end, East European countries did not try to form local alliances, as they did in the 1920's, but looked toward Brussels to secure their future. Similarly, countries like Turkey and Ukraine have adjusted their policies in response to their attraction to Europe.
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