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This Week in PD

As evident in Sao Paulo, London, Singapore, and New York, the diplomatic role of global cities is increasing.

Social media and new technology have spawned a new generation of digital diplomats. Meanwhile, governments try to defend against social media campaigns.

Tourism and nation branding have the potential to boost a country's soft power and convey values and culture. However, it's not always a win-win situation for governments (or tourists).

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and uncertainty associated with the actions and 'propaganda' of Vladimir Putin and pro-Russian separatists have forced the diplomatic hands of the United States, Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union.