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.

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

Cuban New Media Art Explored in New ESMoA Exhibit

President Barack Obama's act of restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba at the end of 2014 could drastically change the cultural and artistic course of the island. But Cuban artists have used video and new media to explore its past and contemplate its future for decades. The new exhibit “Hope,” which opens to the public Sunday, Sept. 17, at the art laboratory ESMoA (El Segundo Museum of Art), looks at Cuban society through new media art, from the 1970s to present day with apps, projections and other installations. 

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, art diplomacy, digital diplomacy, cuba, united states, los angeles, new media, global community

Tiny Bhutan Guards Tradition as it Opens Up to the World

Bhutan was never going to be an early adopter. It is a small and remote place — a little more than twice the size of Los Angeles and Orange counties combined, perched at the eastern edge of the world’s highest mountain range. The Buddhist constitutional monarchy, however, is steadily moving into the modern era, even as its 800,000 people struggle with how much of it to embrace.

Tags: op-ed, nation branding, bhutan, cultural influence, united states, conservative government, modern trends

How NBA Star Dennis Rodman Came to Stand Between the World and Nuclear War

2017 has become the year when absurd jokes appear to be coming true. When Dennis Rodman made his first trip to North Korea back in 2013, it was amusing to imagine the eccentric NBA legend acting as the United States’ de facto ambassador to the country. [...] In an interview with Good Morning Britain, the five-time NBA champion offered to “straighten things out” between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, emphasizing that he considers both men friends.

Tags: celebrity diplomacy, dennis rodman, north korea, united states, nba, backetball, de facto ambassador

Culinary Diplomacy: Modi Wants More Japanese Restaurants in India

For a majority of Indians living in metropolitans, a meal at a restaurant consists of the usual Chinese, Italian and American fare with Japanese food presumably lying somewhere at the bottom of the list of preferred cuisines. However, if Prime Minister Narendra Modi has his way, gastronomic delights from the land of the rising sun will enthrall the tastebuds of more and more Indians with the PM inviting Japanese business community to open more restaurants chains throughout the country.

Tags: culinary diplomacy, india, japan, restaurants, gastrodiplomacy, food diplomacy, Modi


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