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.

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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US African Foreign Policy Evaluated

Coverage of the USC conference on the United States' new military operative in Africa stresses the importance of taking a supporting rather than a dominating role in African foreign policy.

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U.S. Must Modernize Foreign Aid to Re-establish US Global Standing

PR Newswire/Oxfam America
"The next president has a chance to create a better foreign aid system that will help lift millions from poverty and re-establish US global standing," said Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America. "Foreign assistance is the international face of the US, and right now, it's pretty ugly."

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Soccer as an Escape to Hope for Afghan Teenager

The New York Times
In the spring of 2006, Kohestani was among 250 girls who took part in a five-day clinic in Kabul sponsored by the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange. She was back in America that summer and met President Bush and accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on behalf of all Afghan female soccer athletes. Kohestani is an observant Muslim, saying her prayers at the appointed times in her dormitory room. She talks about her faith when her classmates ask, but mostly she reassures them that she is tolerant of the mores of American teenagers.

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