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.

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

Cricket Giving Hope to Refugees In Serbia

Tens of thousands of Iraqis, Syrians and Afghans passed through here, heading for the Hungarian or Croatian border, hoping to get to Germany or Austria. [...] The vast majority left were young men and boys from Afghanistan and Pakistan. And the game of choice to pass the time in the refugee camps was cricket.

Tags: sports diplomacy, cricket, serbia, iraqis, syrians, afghans, refugee camps

Inland Empire Percussionist Practices Music Diplomacy in Russia

Inland Empire musician and UC Riverside alumnus Eddie Valencia recently got the chance to utilize his talent as a percussionist — in Russia. He took part in OneBeat, a global music-based diplomacy program. Valencia first participated in the domestic version of the program in 2015, but returned this year to step out of his musical comfort zone and explore the sounds and styles of Russia.

Tags: music diplomacy, united states, russia, percussionist, OneBeat, eddie valencia, across borders

Dancing a Timeline: Stars of American Ballet

George Balanchine’s Jewels has its 50th anniversary this year, an event that was commemorated at New York City’s Lincoln Center last month with performances by dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet. The performances were notable not just for the coming together of three of the world’s great dance companies, but because their international representation mirrored the work itself.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, dance diplomacy, ballet, lincoln center, international reputation, jewels

Giant Exhibits Mark Cultural Ties Between Canada and India

The cultural ties and bilateral trade growth between Canada and India is growing stronger by the day and it is important to realize the role art and culture plays in expanding the socio-economic balance of a country. [...] An international project celebrating 150 years of Canada and 70 years of India’s Independence marked on August 15th, 2017 is being planned by way of a unique exhibit which will travel to India and back home to Canada – collecting culture stories through the creative process and travels.

Tags: people-to-people diplomacy, canada, india, Cultural Diplomacy, art, mutual understanding

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