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.

The Importance of Learning a Modern Language in a Globalized World

Language learning was once considered nothing more than a hobby, but as the world continues to become increasingly connected, learning a language other than English is considered a necessity. Advancing technologies have afforded us the ability to communicate no matter where we are in the world, amplifying the importance of foreign language study. The great thing about languages is that, other than being a form of communication, they also serve as a means of relating to others on a cultural level.

Tags: cultural exchange, language diplomacy, globalization, education, new technologies, global communications

Uganda's Open Refugee Policy Needs More Global Support

Uganda is paying the price of having an open refugee policy that has attracted thousands of refugees from neighbouring countries. The east African country has the biggest Refugee Settlement in the world, [...] Once a refugee arrives in Uganda and goes through the necessary documentations, he or she is allocated a piece of land where they can cultivate their own food instead of entirely depending on relief especially in the face of dwindling financial support to humanitarian agencies.

Tags: global aid & development, uganda, south sudan, east africa, refugee crisis, food crisis, global support

Why Venezuelan Delicacies Are Such Favorites Now in Lima

Venezuelan delicacies like “arepas” and “tizana” are suddenly all the rage in the streets of Lima, considered the gastronomic capital of Latin America, thanks to the flood of Venezuelans moving to Peru in recent months to escape the deadly economic crisis into which their country has fallen. From students to engineers, from mechanics to reporters, Venezuelans are finding that selling their favorite foods in the streets is the first step toward settling in Peru [.]

Tags: gastrodiplomacy, gastronomy, food, cultural exchange, diaspora, venezuela, peru, lima, latin america

Ireland Announces €6 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Iraq, Yemen

Ireland has announced €6 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq and Yemen which are currently raged by fierce wars which has resulted in a large-scale displacement of civilians. From the fund, €2m is being given to the Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund in response to the needs of almost 11 million Iraqi people affected by the violence linked to Islamic State (IS), and the counter-insurgency operation launched by the Iraqi government, Irish media reported.

Tags: humanitarian aid, humanitarian assistance, foreign aid, counter-insurgency, islamic state, ireland, iraq, yemen

Verb Ballets Cultural Exchange Brings First Tour to Taiwan

Verb Ballets embarked on their first international tour to Taiwan April 10-April 24, 2017 through the support of the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program. During the two week tour, the company will reunite with choreographer Lee Ming-Cheng and Taiwanese dance company, BodyEDT. The two dance companies will then perform a shared program at the National Theatre & Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan for four performances running April 21-23, 2017. 

Tags: cultural exchange, international exchange, dance diplomacy, ballet diplomacy, ballet, dance tours, US, taiwan, cleveland, taipei, verb ballets, bodyedt

Hishram: Centre Can Help Correct Negative Image of Islam

The King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP), to be set up in Malaysia, can help correct any negative image of Islam and its followers, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hus­sein. He said the decision by Saudi Arabia to have the centre built here showed its confidence in the country’s leadership.

Tags: islam, anti-islamophobia, faith diplomacy, international advocacy, bilateral cooperation, king salman center for international peace, malaysia, saudi arabia, king salman

Sharjah Award to Honour Supporters of Refugees

The Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy and Support paves the way for a greater investment in supporting refugees in their hour of need and provides hope for a better future. The award, launched in January 2017 [...] aims to recognise and pay tribute to those who have made distinguished humanitarian efforts for refugees and displaced families in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Tags: international advocacy, refugee advocacy, refugee crisis, humanitarian assistance, sharjah international award for refugee advocacy and support, sharjah, uae, MENA

Modi Government to Hard-Sell Soft Diplomacy on the Red Carpet at Cannes

India is aiming to unleash a reel-world charm offensive to turn its superpower dreams into reality and the first act will be set in the resort town of Cannes on the French Riviera. Sources say the Narendra Modi government would unveil its strategy on the red carpet at the upcoming 70th edition of the annual Festival de Cannes next month. 

Tags: soft power, soft diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, indian cinema, bollywood, cannes film festival, film and television, cinema, red carpet, india, france, cannes, narendra modi

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