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.

African Region to Receive $45 Billion in Development Aid

The World Bank reports the African region will receive $45 billion of the $75 billion allocated for development purposes. It says other recipients will include small Pacific island states threatened by climate change and fragile countries in the Western Hemisphere, such as Haiti. [...] The fund, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2020, also will support specific development projects in 82 additional fragile states, including Guinea, Nepal, Niger, and Tajikistan.

Tags: africa, development aid, global aid & development, world bank, anti-poverty, haiti, International Development Association, guinea, nepal, niger, tajikistan

Al Jazeera’s Fall From Grace – How A News Outlet Became A Tool Of The State

The success of Al Jazeera’s social media outreach should be particularly worrisome for those who value accurate and unbiased reporting, as its massive reach and influence can no longer be ignored. But for the government of Qatar, AJ+’s reach has given them precisely the platform they need to advance their agenda, particularly on issues where the geopolitical goals of Western governments and Qatar’s government conveniently overlap.

Tags: al jazeera, international broadcasting, middle east, social media, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, AJ+

Bill Gates, Opponent to Cut Foreign Aid, Meets with President Trump

Bill Gates doesn't agree with President Donald Trump's plan to cut aid for the world's poorest. The billionaire philanthropist had a chance to share his concerns directly with the commander-in-chief.[...] Details about the exchange weren't immediately available, but Gates Foundation spokeswoman Sarah Logan said in an email before the meeting that Gates would be talking with U.S. government officials about development initiatives.

Tags: non state pd, government pd, global aid & development, foreign aid, bill gates, President Trump, philanthropy

Asian Leaders Wary Of Saudi Religious Diplomacy

Critics in the Maldives likely sighed relief when Saudi King Salman this week postponed his visit because of an outbreak of flu. The flu is however unlikely to halt a planned massive Saudi investment or the impact on Maldives society of the kingdom’s religion-driven public diplomacy. [...] Yet, religion often was an elephant in the room on most stops on King Salman’s trip that took him to Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, China and Japan.

Tags: government pd, Cultural Diplomacy, religious diplomacy, saudi arabia, asia, malaysia, indonesia, china, japan

UN Rights Chief Urges Governments to Target Hate Speech

On the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations human rights chief reminded Governments around the world that they have a legal obligation to stop hate speech and hate crimes, and called on people everywhere to “stand up for someone’s rights.” “Politics of division and the rhetoric of intolerance are targeting racial, ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities, and migrants and refugees."

Tags: non state pd, global aid & development, united nations, hate speech, advocacy, human rights, refugees

What it Means to be a Diplomat in a Digital Age

When we think of diplomacy, we may think of talking — people in a room, face to face. But that world of diplomacy is changing and the connected world is playing a much greater role, according to Anne-Marie Slaughter, who worked for the State Department during the Obama administration. Slaughter's new book is called "The Chessboard & the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World." She spoke with us about what it means to be a diplomat in the digital age.

Tags: digital diplomacy & new tech, government pd, non state pd, social media, digital age, diplomatic relations, us state department

Brexit Threatens A Perfect Storm For UK Universities

British Universities have always been considered the global gold standard for quality but Brexit, in combination with reduced government funding, immigration policy, a changing 18 year-old demographic and the Higher Education and Research Bill, has created ‘A Perfect Storm’ for the sector. Universities are big business. Last year there were 2.24 million students at British universities.

Tags: international exchange, smart & soft power, united kingdom, brexit, european union, education, erasmus

Tillerson Appears to Hand Beijing a Diplomatic Victory

While his boss was goading China over Twitter, new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been trying to build a constructive and “results-oriented” relationship with the leadership in Beijing. And though his warnings about the possibility of eventual military action over North Korea have raised hackles here, Tillerson received a warm welcome from China’s president on Sunday.

Tags: government pd, china, united states, bilateral relations, diplomatic relations, leadership, asia, cooperation

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