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.

A new face for American diplomacy

Barack Obama is perceived by Muslims abroad like no other candidate. He would begin a presidency with tremendous potential to heal U.S. relations with much of the world.


How Pyongyang Plays the West

Wall Street Journal
There is evidently no disabusing some people of the notion that North Korea is a Marxist-Leninist state, and thus one that can be expected to show some positive response, as our Cold War adversaries did, to bold gestures of goodwill and conciliation. It is time America realized that Kim Jong Il derives his regime's legitimacy not from communism, but from crude, race-based nationalism.


No Bases Planned for Africa, Bush Says

Washington Post
The concept behind AFRICOM was that it would be more integrated with civilian efforts and focused on "soft power" rather than traditional military muscle....Talk of an Africa headquarters, however, "ignited a very negative and strong reaction across the continent"


DC’s Best Embassies

Any architect setting out to design a new chancery must deliver plenty of space for events intended to showcase a country’s culture. “Public diplomacy” is the catchword, and Washington’s embassies open their doors each year to art exhibitions, craft shows, lectures, symposia, concerts, plays, fashion shows, programs for children, films, dances, winetastings, and ethnic buffets.


Bush: No New US Bases in Africa

US President George W. Bush states that the United States has no plans to build new military bases in Africa, amid concerns on the continent about a new AFRICOM command.


Bush Comments Spark Debate on AFRICOM in Liberia

The Liberian government is expressing its support for hosting the AFRICOM continental headquarters, but security analysts are wondering about such a command's usefulness.


Anti-Semitism 2.0 Going Largely Unchallenged

The Jewish Week
"Now in the Web 2.0 world, the social acceptability of anti-Semitism can be spread, public resistance lowered and hate networks rapidly established," Oboler said. What's worse, Oboler contends, Jewish organizations are behind the times and are not devoting the resources necessary to stop the hate virus from spreading.


Textbook diplomacy

The Business Standard
Rana’s book is essential reading for all those who wish to understand our eastern neighbourhood and make Indian diplomacy a more effective tool in promoting India’s national interests.



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