How cultural events can promote tourism and investment for a nation's global image.
Joseph Braude explains the popularity of RT in Arab countries and what American media can do to counter it.
Ilan Manor discusses the public diplomacy challenges Israel faces following President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.
Stories explored television broadcasts and film festivals to strengthen international relationships.
It is not every day that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets leaders of Arab countries publicly and with cameras capturing the moment. In fact, it has hardly ever happened in the eight years since Netanyahu became prime minister for the second time in 2009. And that is precisely why the 90-minute meeting in New York on Monday evening with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was so significant.
Every other day or so, Hatem El-Gamasy connects to a news audience nearly halfway around the world, delivering hot takes on American politics, live from New York, but on Egyptian television. When the broadcast ends, he slips out his earpieces, opens the door of his makeshift studio and returns to his day job. Mr. El-Gamasy owns the Lotus Deli in Ridgewood, Queens, a place known for its sandwiches, extensive craft beer selection, and its gracious, friendly owner.
News this week focused on religion's role in public diplomacy.