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.

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

Bangladeshi Troops to Deliver Foreign Aid to Rohingya Refugees

Bangladesh will use troops to deliver foreign aid to the border town that has been overwhelmed by Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, authorities announced. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told Parliament late on Thursday (Sept 14) that the army would handle relief aid that several nations have sent in recent days.

Tags: foreign aid, rohingya, rohingya muslims, myanmar, bangladeshi army, bangladesh, relief aid, refugees

How Development Aid Serves U.S. National Security Goals

“Economic development does work, but it does not work overnight,” Andrew Natsios, former Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (AID), told The Cipher Brief. The problem with common criticisms of aid programs – that they are wasteful and do not produce real results – is that results are often measured only in the short term. As a result, intra-governmental audits and external studies may miss the true dividends of economic development programs, which could come to fruition decades down the line.

Tags: development aid, soft power, united states, economic development, usaid, foreign aid, international aid projects

Foreign Teaching Assistants Helping Children with Language Lessons

Pupils across East Renfrewshire will be getting a helping hand with their language lessons, thanks to the arrival of teaching assistants from Germany, France, and Spain. A number of foreign students will spend the next year helping youngsters in the Barrhead area get to grips with another language. The project is being supported by the British Council, which is the UK’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Tags: exchange diplomacy, educational diplomacy, british council, Cultural Diplomacy, foreign language diplomacy, youth diplomacy

Derry to Support Community Relations and Culture Awareness Week

Over 30 events are planned across the Derry City and Strabane District as part of this year’s Community Relations and Culture Awareness Week between 18th and 24th September. The aim of the Northern Ireland wide initiative is to engage with the public and urge them to consider and embrace the growing cultural diversity that exists in our local community.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, soft power, northern ireland, cultural diversity, cultural events, cultural heritage, ireland

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