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.

The Great Communicator

By insisting on a pro-Kremlin agenda, and trying in vain to halt all inquiries into the Russian meddling in the election that brought him to power, Trump undermines his own political position, inviting further investigation of his financial dealings and opening the possibility of charges of obstruction of justice. Not a good time for policy, or those trying to communicate it.

Tags: government pd, russia, united states, ukraine, Donald Trump, bilateral relations, propaganda

Vietnam’s Signature Nem Introduced at Food Festival in Indonesia

he Embassy of Vietnam in Indonesia introduced the country’s signature Nem (spring roll) at the ASEAN cuisine festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August 5. [...] The ASEAN nations have rich culture and cuisine, he said, adding that promotion of food identity of each nation is a diplomatic channel.

Tags: gastrodiplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, vietnam, indonesia, nem, diplomatic cables

US Exhibit on Khmer Rouge Aims to Prevent Another Genocide

“For many Americans who visit the museum, it is the basic lesson of what happened in Cambodia,” Hudson told VOA. “But most importantly, it delivers a deeper message that genocide did not end with the Holocaust; that the Holocaust was not the only genocide to happen and that we continue to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Tags: international advocacy, genocide, cambodia, cambodian genocide, holocaust, historical memory

T-Shirt Campaign Part of a Mission to Support Refugees

Mollie Symons and Aspen Murray, a recent high school graduate from Hartland, N.B. began the campaign together. “We are both very involved in our school and home community environments,” said Symons, “and also very passionate about social justice causes, international development and supporting refugees, both in our home communities and abroad.”

Tags: international advocacy, campaign, refugees, migration, horton high school, naji, survival

Rome International Film Festival Seeks Broader Impact

Leadership of the Rome International Film Festival want to develop a greater year-round impact on Rome and Floyd County. Seth Ingram told members of the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee Friday that he’d like to see a local film commission created to actively recruit the growing amount of television and film production being shot in Georgia to Rome.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, film, international film festival, rome, georgia, production

Palestinian Diplomats Get Up to Speed on Digital Communication Skills

Constraints notwithstanding, a group of 10 Palestinian officials attended a weeklong workshop on “Communication Skills & Media Relations for Diplomacy” this week in Turin, Italy to craft skills for engaging with all manner of media.

Tags: op-ed, digital diplomacy, palestine, communication, social media, media relations, italy

USAID to Fund Reading Project in 800 Communities

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced direct grants to 800 communities to help implement innovative local solutions that encourage reading. [...] The Innovating project is a four-year partnership between USAID and the Ministry of Education and is expected to create a culture of reading among children.

Tags: international development, civil society, usaid, ghana, books, reading, international solutions

Challenges in Measuring Public Diplomacy

To be an effective public diplomat, you need a well of sufficient soft power resources on which to draw. There is no canonical definition of public diplomacy (PD), but the official practice of it involves using informational, educational, and cultural tools to engage with international audiences to advance foreign policy goals. For the United States, PD officials often design strategies and employ tools that leverage what makes America popular and attractive.

Tags: soft power, education exchange, us public diplomacy, pd evaluation, soft power 30, united states

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