This Week in PD is a weekly 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. Follow us via #TWiPD on Twitter and Facebook.

This Week in PD

This Week in PD Social Media

Social media and digital diplomacy have dominated the week in PD.

This week in PD, the world witnessed the propaganda of violent extremist groups, including the Islamic State. 

This week in public diplomacy, we looked at how culture is being used to redefine the 'coolness' of countries through gastrodiplomacy, music, art, and fashion.

This week, the US-Africa Leaders Summit took over Foggy Bottom to tackle issues of development, human rights, good governance, and economic growth.

Are there alternative ways to end the nearly month-long Israel-Hamas conflict?

As tensions between Israel and Hamas continue to escalate in the Gaza Strip, another battle is raging on social media for the support of American and global audiences.

This week, we learned that enhancing Brazil's national image through soccer has pitfalls and obstacles (thanks, Germany).

As ISIS continues to successfully blaze a path through territory and the digital landscape, Iraq's numerous stakeholders reassess their roles in ensuring the young republic's existence.

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