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.

Starbucks Is Doing Something Different for National Coffee Day

Rather than give out free coffees or offer BOGO ("Buy One, Get One Free") deals, Starbucks is taking a different approach to National Coffee Day. The mega-chain will be doing a massive makeover of its stores across the nation this weekend, replacing menu boards with information about the farmers the company sources its coffee from. The aim is to inform customers about the challenges these farmers face, including coffee leaf rust and climate change, and the company’s commitment to ethical and sustainably sourced coffee.

Tags: Coffee Diplomacy, gastrodiplomacy, coffee farmers, starbucks, fair trade, trade and business diplomacy, agribusiness, climate diplomacy

Professor Helps U.S. State Department with Sports Diplomacy

Can sports increase dialogue and cultural understanding between people around the world? The U.S. State Department believes so — and has tapped Salisbury University’s Dr. Dean Ravizza to assist. Recently, for a 10-day Israeli/Palestinian basketball program, the Princess Anne resident designed a series of lectures and activities emphasizing concepts such as negotiation, teamwork and group dynamics.

Tags: sports diplomacy, united states, u.s. department of state, U.S. State Department, conflict resolution, youth diplomacy, israel, israel-palestine conflict, palestine

Young Foreign Workers Pervade Vancouver Metro's Hospitality Sector

There has been a sharp rise in the number of young foreign nationals obtaining working-holiday jobs in the Canadian hospitality industry under the federal government’s “international experience” visa program. The number of young workers coming to Canada on temporary visas from France, Chile, South Korea, Spain, Italy, Taiwan and several other countries has jumped more than 10-fold since the early 2000s.

Tags: exchange diplomacy, business exchange program, cultural work visas, cultural exchange, hospitality, canada, vancouver

Panda Diplomacy: Two Giant Pandas from China Land in Indonesia

Two giant pandas from China arrived in Indonesia on Thursday in an act of "panda diplomacy" aimed at celebrating 60 years of bilateral ties. Cai Tao and Hu Chun, both aged seven, arrived from Sichuan province and will be housed at a safari zoo in Bogor, a city near the capital Jakarta. The pandas were lent by Beijing to mark the diplomatic anniversary despite recent tensions between the nations, with a number of clashes between Chinese and Indonesian vessels in the South China Sea.

Tags: soft power, china, indonesia, panda diplomacy, panda bears, pandas, beijing, anniversary

U.S. Embassy Focuses on Cultural Diplomacy in Lebanon

The United States Embassy in Lebanon shifted its focus from political and economic ties to cultural diplomacy Wednesday, throwing an event to honor the works of Gebran Khalil Gebran. The answer to why Gebran was chosen, according to the embassy’s Cultural Affairs Attache Kristin Smith, is that the poet functions as a symbol for the deep relationship between Lebanon and the United States. Gebran was born in Bsharri in the then Ottoman empire and died in 1931, aged 48, in New York.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, lebanon, Daily Star (Lebanon), united states, Department of State, U.S. State Department, cultural events, Beirut Arts Week

'You Have To Take A Stand': Agency Leaders On Rehabilitating Brand America

Rehabilitating Brand America was the theme of an expansive, multi-presenter session at Advertising Week New York on Wednesday, including a panel of PR and reputation leaders. Keith Reinhard, chairman emeritus of DDB opened with recent data from the Pew Research Center that shows US favorability around the world has dropped from 64% to 48%, and un-favorability has grown from 26% to 39%. [...] Trump is perhaps more the symptom than the disease, according to the panel of PR leaders. 

Tags: nation branding, business diplomacy, Donald Trump, united states, brand america, domestic politics, advertising week, advertising

Pakistan: A Sorry State of Digital Diplomacy

According to Twiplomacy Study 2017, 92 percent of UN member states including government heads and foreign ministers are present on Twitter, and 88 percent are present on Facebook. Therefore, countries such as Pakistan that do not yet have a centralized social media policy to communicate with the foreign public, face the need to develop digital diplomacy platforms.

Tags: pakistan, social media, diplomacy, ministry of foreign affairs, digital diplomacy, e-diplomacy, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology

The Second China-Mongolia Expo Held in Hohhot

The second China-Mongolia Expo and High Level Forum on China-Mongolia-Russia Cooperation kicked off in Hohhot, capital of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on September 26, 2017. Under the theme "Construct the China-Mongolia-Russia (CMR) Economic Corridor, embrace global win-win cooperation," this biennial event serves as an important platform and provides a new possibility of international exchange between China and its neighboring countries.

Tags: china, mongolia, russia, economic diplomacy, new silk road, belt and road initiative, business diplomacy

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