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

March 13, 2015

At the center of this week's public diplomacy news is the strength of the United Kingdom's soft power in today's globalized world.

This week in Public Diplomacy, we saw a surge of stories about Israel regarding their nation brand and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the United States.

Cultural diplomacy initiatives around the world ease tensions and strengthen bonds between nations with tumultuous diplomatic relations. 

Are restrictions on the press affecting non-state media and governments from broadcasting abroad?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to support the nation brand and win friends abroad by implementing a new PR campaign and soft power initiatives abroad.

This week's stories highlighted cultural diplomacy programs used to help advance relations between India and another emerging economy, China.

Emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State, western Burma.

PD News headlines this week about Unicef, and foreign aid from the UK, Canada and the UN seem to suggest so.

African PD

Pope Francis announces that he'll be making his first trip to Africa stopping in Uganda and the Central African Republic, while other African countries addressed issues of development, human rights, good governance, and economic growth.