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.

Why a Re-Balanced State Department Budget Should Include Cultural Diplomacy

I believe that a final, negotiated FY 2018 budget request for the State Department should include continued funding – if not a gradual increase – of what has been a relatively small amount of money allocated every year to the soft power of “cultural diplomacy.” Roughly defined as the use of an exchange of ideas, traditions, and values to strengthen relations and encourage engagement, cultural diplomacy is perhaps most easily seen in the use of music, arts, and sports to build cross-cultural understanding.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, soft power, smart & soft power, cultural exchange, people-to-people diplomacy, state department, u.s. department of state, fy 2018 budget, u.s.

Book Launch Highlights Taiwan’s Medical Diplomacy

Efforts by the Republic of China (Taiwan) in assisting its diplomatic allies through medical aid reflect the country’s soft power and commitment to advancing global health, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13. The success of Taiwan’s annual international medical mission in the Marshall Islands serves as a prime example in these regards, MOFA Deputy Minister Paul Wen-liang Chang said, adding that the country will continue to strengthen bilateral collaboration with the South Pacific ally to help improve its medical care.

Tags: medical diplomacy, health diplomacy, global health, medical missions, bilateral relations, bilateral ties, taiwan, marshall islands, south pacific

International Organizations Call for End to Violence Against Journalists

Today marks one month since the assassination of journalist Javier Valdéz Cárdenas, which shook the international press community and further exemplified the pervasive violation of press freedom in Mexico. Winner of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2011 International Press Freedom Award, Valdéz was murdered on May 15 in broad daylight near the Ríodoce office, the local weekly publication he founded in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.

Tags: international advocacy, non-state pd, press freedom, journalism, international journalism, human rights, ngos, committee to protect journalists, mexico, u.s., latin america

‘Legacy’ Problems, Corruption & Unfinished Projects Mar India’s Aid

The total amount of soft loans that India has committed in the past 14 years is about $24.2 billion, in over 60 developing countries. [...] The fact that India has loaned out capital amounting to nearly 1% of its current GDP is a clear indicator of  the primacy of ‘aid’ as a diplomatic tool. “If you are seen by most people as playing a benign developmental role, then you strengthen your credentials of contributing to global good…If you want to be seen as a leader, then you must act like one,” said a senior MEA official.

Tags: aid diplomacy, economic diplomacy, foreign aid, soft loans, loans, international development, india, africa, mozambique, nigeria, seychelles, tanzania

EU Cultural Diplomacy Must Be Used as a Peace-Building and Soft Power Tool

At a time when extremism is increasing, when our citizens are questioning their common EU identity more than ever – now is the time to firmly place culture and cultural policies at the heart of the European political agenda. Making 2018 the year of European Cultural Heritage is a first step in the right direction. But the EU should use the positive dynamics created by this initiative to create a concrete strategy and action plan for international cultural relations, including culture as a tool of soft power and promoting it as a pillar of sustainable development.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, soft power, smart & soft power, peace building, counter-propaganda, sustainable development, art & culture, EU, eesc, Opinion

Citizen Diplomacy Summits Launch Across the United States

Beginning this week, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Global Ties U.S., will sponsor Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summits, bringing together leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit world to further citizen diplomacy and forge new connections in local communities. The summits will take place across the United States, engaging Americans from diverse backgrounds on the innovations and impacts that stem from international relationships.

Tags: citizen diplomacy, citizen diplomacy summits, international exchange, u.s. department of state, state department, Global Ties U.S., international visitor leadership program, u.s.

Panama Switch Marks China's Return to Checkbook Diplomacy

Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela announced late on June 12 his intention to break diplomatic relations with Taiwan in exchange for recognition from China. [...] Taiwan’s formal diplomatic relations are particularly susceptible to Chinese offers of aid and investment. For decades both Beijing and Taipei were accused by the other of engaging in “dollar diplomacy” or “checkbook diplomacy,” where various forms of international aid appear tied to switching diplomatic recognition.

Tags: checkbook diplomacy, dollar diplomacy, economic diplomacy, foreign aid, foreign investment, bilateral relations, panama, china, taiwan, China-Taiwan relations

PM Urges Expats to Uphold Bangladesh Image

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the Bangladeshi expatriates living in the UK not to do anything that could damage the country's image. "Once Bangladesh was known as land of beggars and natural disasters...we have overcome the situation introducing us as a role model in development," she told the UK-based Bangladeshi community leaders at Stroke Park here as they arrived to meet with her on her arrival in London on her way to Sweden. Sheikh Hasina added: "So you should not do anything detrimental to nation's image."

Tags: global image, Nation Image, nation branding, expats, diaspora diplomacy, Sheikh Hasina, bangladesh, united kingdom

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