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.

YouTube to Redirect Searches for IS Videos

YouTube says it will redirect people searching for "violent extremist propaganda" and offer them videos that denounce terrorism. People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos "debunking its mythology".

Tags: digital diplomacy, technology, youtube, countering violent extremism, isis, redirect method

Afghanistan's All-Girl Team, Robotics Contest Represents Many Victories

“I hope we have made Afghanistan and the people of Afghanistan proud,” Azizi said. Of that there was no question. The Afghan ambassador, Hamdullah Mohib, said greeting the robotics team at Dulles International Airport was the “proudest moment of my career”. He described the girls as symbols of a new Afghanistan emerging from the shadow of America’s longest war.

Tags: op-ed, international exchange, education, contest, robotics, female empowerment, afghanistan, united states

Fiji Seeks Aust’s Support in Black Rock Camp Infrastructure Development

Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday met with the Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. [...] “Fiji will pursue the establishment of the Regional Peacekeeping and HADR Centre and we hope development partners will join our efforts and look at a specific component of the model to support.”

Tags: international development, soft power, australia, fiji, black rock camp, infrastructure, peacekeeping

Crowdsourcing Foreign Policy: Engaging in the Virtual Public Square

Crowdsourcing support can become a process where new ideas are mined and become part of a policy package for difficult relationships. [...] It has been said again and again that this is the age of digital diplomacy. For diplomacy to be digital requires, as one ambassador has said, that  “we do things differently and develop new skills – the secrecy and exclusivity of the diplomatic bag no longer applies.

Tags: op-ed, digital diplomacy, foreign policy, internet, social media, connectivity, dialogue

Youth Festival Branches Out Further to Expand Cultural Exchange

More parts of the north-east will be dancing to an international beat this summer when a major festival spreads its influence further than ever. Musicians from 18 countries spread rights across the globe are due to arrive later this month as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF).

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, youth exchange, youth diplomacy, aberdeen, international youth festival, scotland

Men's Italian Volleyball Team to Wear Taiwan Emblem on Jerseys

The Bureau of Foreign Trade and Taiwan External Trade Development announced that the Taiwan Excellence logo, the mark of outstanding Taiwanese achievements, will appear on the jerseys of the Italian volleyball team, Top Volley Latina. This season the entire team will wear the Taiwan Excellence emblem on their jersey. The move supports the success of Huang Pei-hong, the only Taiwanese member of this international team and promotes Taiwanese recognition through sports. 

Tags: soft power, taiwan, italy, taiwan excellence, international recognition, volleyball

Zeina Barhoum Rises to the Occasion at Performance of Verdi’s La Traviata

The first ever opera festival in the Arab world debuted yesterday, and it took place in Amman. [...] In a statement to The Jordan Times, Barhoum said, “Throughout my career, I have been blessed to work with people from around the globe. Through my music and art, I have realized the importance of cross-cultural connections, and I have seen first-hand how music provides an important bridge that unites cultures from all over the world. With music, we speak one language; a language we can all understand without interpreters.”

Tags: music diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, amman opera, jordan, cross cultural exchange, zeina barhoum

NY Festival Introduces Prominent Georgian Playwrights to US Audience

A New York theatre venue is hosting nine prominent playwrights from Georgia for a festival premiering their plays within the ongoing Georgian-American Theatre Feast in the city. [...] The Georgian-American Theatre Feast is the latest event run by Red Lab Productions, an international collective with focus on holding performance arts events in promotion of cultural diplomacy.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, georgia, new york, theatre, playwrights, red lab productions

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