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.

Soft Power and Public Diplomacy in Latin America: A View from Argentina

As Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan pointed out in his essay for the 2016 Soft Power 30 report, the concept of soft power is still relatively foreign to many diplomatic services in Latin America, but this is beginning to change. Several countries in the region have started developing their capabilities to tap into, systematize, and project soft power internationally. In conducting foreign policy, public diplomacy is a key instrument for countries to assert their views and leverage soft power assets.

Tags: Americas soft power, government pd, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, social media, public diplomacy, training, 21st century public diplomacy, argentina, latin america

Hold the Egg Sandwich: Egyptian TV Is Calling

Every other day or so, Hatem El-Gamasy connects to a news audience nearly halfway around the world, delivering hot takes on American politics, live from New York, but on Egyptian television. When the broadcast ends, he slips out his earpieces, opens the door of his makeshift studio and returns to his day job. Mr. El-Gamasy owns the Lotus Deli in Ridgewood, Queens, a place known for its sandwiches, extensive craft beer selection, and its gracious, friendly owner.

Tags: international broadcasting, united states, egypt, new york city, united nations, citizen diplomacy

Serena Organizes Event on Public Diplomacy

Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena hotels, in his introductory remarks, spoke of the initiatives taken by Serena hotels over the past few years and their contribution to the society. The focus was on adventure diplomacy, sports diplomacy and public diplomacy and how Serena has managed to bring these sectors of the corporate and diplomatic community together for a cause.

Tags: international tourism, tourism diplomacy, people to people engagement, people to people diplomacy, pakistan, culture diplomacy, adventure diplomacy, sports diplomacy

China-U.S. Ping-Pong Diplomacy Commemorated at Headquarters of UN

A friendship match is held at the headquarters of the United Nations in commemoration of the China-U.S. Ping-Pong diplomacy, 45 years after the Chinese Ping-Pong delegation came to the UN for the first time, in New York September 15, 2017. In 1971 and 1972, U.S. and Chinese table tennis teams exchanged visit after many years of estrangement and antagonism between the two countries, opening the door for the China-U.S. people-to-people contact.

Tags: sports diplomacy, China-U.S. relations, china, united states, united nations, ping pong diplomacy, people to people diplomacy

Fashion Firms Focus on Social Media

Speed of reaction to social media trends is becoming more important in the battle between fast fashion and more established High Street retailers, say experts. [...] Topshop's global marketing director Sheena Sauvaire told the BBC's Today programme that while the concoctions on the catwalk influence High Street retail design, social media is increasingly playing a role.

Tags: social media, digital diplomacy, fashion diplomacy, topshop, branding, fast fashion

Watch Out for Global Jazz Festival in Delhi

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is organizing a three-day international jazz festival that will witness the convergence of French, Israeli, Korean, Mexican and Spanish artists in Delhi. [...] "ICCR believes that music can play a key role in engaging in creative dialogue with other nations. Festivals like these help us in understanding cultures of other countries and also gives opportunity to our own people to interact with world class performers," she said.

Tags: global jazz festival, delhi, india, soft power, Cultural Diplomacy, cross-cultural understanding, creative dialogue

Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian Women Foster Ties

A forum themed “Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian women foster friendly cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals until 2030” took place in Ho Chi Minh City on September 15. [...] Participants shared experience in improving women empowerment, particularly in economic and political fields, preventing women and child trafficking, promoting tourism and international cooperation, and educating young generations about the development of traditional friendship and collaboration among women in the three countries.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, vietnam, laos, cambodia, cooperation, development, women empowerment, tourism, education

Belarus to Host Days of Kazakhstan Culture in 2018

Days of Kazakhstan Culture in Belarus will be held in 2018, head of the main culture and analytics department at the Culture Ministry Vasily Chernik said at the international conference "Kazakhstan-Belarus: 25 years of diplomatic relations. [...] Belarus and Kazakhstan have been steadily developing cultural cooperation in line with the intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in culture, science and education.

Tags: cultural relations, Cultural Diplomacy, belarus, kazakhstan, culture, science, education, cooperation

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