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.

In the Wake of Travel Ban, Islamic Art Institution Plans its First Show

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Art (IAIA), New York’s newest arts space, has not yet found a permanent home. But that won’t stop it from moving ahead with its first exhibition. The institute is opening to the public on May 4 in Little Italy with a show of work by four contemporary women artists. The space will serve as a temporary location while the institute searches for a permanent headquarters in New York.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, islamic art, united states, institute of arab and islamic art, new york, travel ban

Military Diplomacy Strengthens Malaysia's Image Internationally

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (pix) said the 'military diplomacy' policy between Malaysia and foreign countries has helped strengthen the country's position in the eyes of the world, as well as facilitating Malaysia to obtain assistance if needed. Citing the time when country was facing challenging issues related to missing flight MH370, Hishammuddin said as many as 26 countries came forward to help in the search for the plane

Tags: government pd, nation branding, military diplomacy, malaysia, asia, international image, cooperation

Microsoft Designed an Interface for People Who've Never Used Computers

Many who speak Q’eqchi never learned to read or write it. And even if they did, it’s Spanish that’s the lingua franca at colleges, employers, and any other opportunity for economic growth. In turn, the nonprofit Choice Humanitarian–backed by Microsoft’s Edge team and the agency Pixel Lab–has launched a pilot program called Accent to teach 18 women from Chulac, Guatemala, how to read and speak Spanish.

Tags: digital diplomacy, non state pd, microsoft, guatemala, latin america, spanish language, education, economic development

Amid Aid Uncertainty, U.S. Counterterrorism Cooperation Continues In Africa

It's all part of a military exercise that simulates going after a high-value target [...] the assault force demonstrates crucial military steps before capturing and eliminating him. Three weeks of U.S.-led counterterrorism exercises, known as Flintlock 2017, ended last month in Chad, which, along with surrounding countries, has been targeted in deadly violence by Boko Haram. The Flintlock exercises take place each year in a different African country.

Tags: government pd, global aid & development, united states, africa, chad, boko haram, counter terrorism, military diplomacy, flintlock exercises

A NAFTA World Cup? Just the Thing to Improve Relations

Mexico and the United States enjoy one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world today, with profound implications for the prosperity, well-being and security of both nations. No country touches the daily lives of more Americans than Mexico, and no country touches the daily lives of more Mexicans than the United States. In the more than two decades since NAFTA’s approval, our two countries have been converging as societies and as economies.

Tags: sports diplomacy, government pd, nafta, mexico, united states, canada, 2026 world cup, diplomatic relations

Citizen Diplomacy and Soft Power

Our hyper-connected world has put more power in the hands of individuals and other non-state actors – from NGOs like Greenpeace to transnational terror groups like the so-called Islamic State. Over the past decade, foreign ministries have responded by becoming increasingly sophisticated in their communication strategies. Diplomats need to communicate directly with foreign publics to explain foreign policies, and to mobilize governments and civil society to support their aims.

Tags: smart & soft power, non state pd, citizen diplomacy, international exchange, asia, europe, bbc, china

There Will Always Be Spanish Catalonia

Catalonia’s Regional President Carles Puigdemont made it clear that though he would ideally hold the referendum with the central government’s approval, he would hold it “with or without Spain’s blessing.” [...] it would mean losing a sixth of its population, and a key economic contributor to the stagnant Spanish economy, in which some approximate 22 percent of the population are unemployed. But what would Catalan independence really mean? 

Tags: history & theory, government pd, Cultural Diplomacy, spain, catalonia, independence, democracy, international image

Gulf Countries Show Appetite for Kenya Trade

Gulf nations are seeking to help their firms venture into Kenya in a renewed bid to grab a piece of the local economy and rebuild relations following moments of suspicion. Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted high-level delegations from Qatar and, later, Saudi Arabia, two of the oil-rich Middle East nations that have had mostly bad press in Kenya for suspected mistreatment of Kenyan domestic workers there.

Tags: government pd, economic diplomacy, trade, gulf countries, kenya, africa, agriculture, economic development

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