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.

A Broadway Musical Brings Out Canadian Soft Power

Canada is having a rare moment on Broadway — “Come From Away,” a musical written by a married Canadian couple, set in Newfoundland and celebrating Canadian decency, has just opened at the Schoenfeld Theater. The show was already drawing an unusually high number of Canadian ticket-buyers, even before this week, when it hit the apotheosis of Canadianness: The country’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, attended with a group of 600 allies and diplomats.

Tags: smart & soft power, Cultural Diplomacy, musical, canada, justin trudeau, international image, Broadway, arts & culture, ivanka trump

Panda Diplomacy: The World’s Cutest Ambassadors

It’s called “panda diplomacy” and it’s thought to have started as early as the Tang Dynasty in the 7th century when Empress Wu Zeitan sent a pair of bears (believed to be pandas) to Japan. This Chinese policy of sending pandas as diplomat gifts was revived in 1941, on the eve of the United States entering World War II, when Beijing sent two cuddly black-and-whites to the Bronx Zoo as a “thank you” gift. 

Tags: panda diplomacy, history & theory, china, united states, beijing, diplomatic relations, richard nixon

The Digital Power of Ambassadors

At the embassy level, ambassadors may be viewed as digital gatekeepers. Studies have shown that embassies headed by ambassadors who view digital platforms as an important resource are likely to be active online and to utilize digital tools in innovative ways. Conversely, embassies headed by ambassadors who view digital platforms as a risk are likely to be inactive online.

Tags: ambassadors, africa, americas, asia pacific, europe, middle east, south asia, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, social media, fake news

International Effort Helps Gambian Girl Get Her Grin Back

Hoffman coordinated with the nonprofit Global Medical Relief Fund and a team of volunteer surgeons and other medical staff members at Cohen Children’s Medical Center — part of North Shore University Hospital — to arrange for Janet to have the surgery, which was performed for free in January.

Tags: international advocacy, global aid & development, international effort, science & technology, humanitarian assistance, new technology, international health

UAE- We Are All Veteran Diplomats of Culture: Nahyan Bin Mubarak

Highlighting the collaborative efforts between the UAE and the UK in the fields of art, literature, science, sport, and trade, Sheikh Nahyan, who is also Patron and Honorary Member of the group, said, "We are all veteran diplomats of culture. Thus it is that we should all thrive in this UAE-UK year of cultural collaboration. This year of collaboration promises to deepen and strengthen our mutual understanding in beautiful, entertaining, instructive, and exciting ways."

Tags: uae, united kingdom, cultural collaboration, cultural exchange, mutual understanding, Cultural Diplomacy, art diplomacy

Canadian Researchers Join International Fight Against Zika

Government of Canada invests in three teams of Canadian and Latin American and Caribbean scientists to help address unanswered questions about Zika virus [...] “This initiative is key to helping protect populations in the Americas and Canada from Zika and other related diseases. This funding will allow leading researchers from Latin America and Canada to collaborate on cutting-edge research, discovering new knowledge and tools to more rapidly detect, respond and control the virus.” 

Tags: zika, canada, global health, global aid & development, americas, latin america, global health governance, circle of health international

UK Foreign Minister Visits Somalia, Pledges Drought Aid

British foreign minister Boris Johnson met Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Wednesday, pledging aid to help combat the effects of a devastating drought, the Somali president's office said. [...] A statement from the Somali president's office said Britain would give 110 million pounds ($134.35 million) for drought in some parts of Somalia.

Tags: united kingdom, uk, somalia, drought aid, boris johnson, global aid & development, foreign aid, east africa

India and Pakistan's Cricket Diplomacy

Cricket diplomacy has thus long been used as a tool to bring the public in both India and Pakistan closer to each other through sport. For nearly 70 years, the scheduling (or cancelling) of matches has served as a signal of the state of political relations.

Tags: india, pakistan, cricket diplomacy, sports diplomacy, narendra modi, nawaz sharif

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