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.

Bringing Yoga to the World, One Asana at a Time

“I love exams. People are usually afraid of them, but I love exams,” says HR Nagendra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal yoga consultant. And as a result of his efforts, along with other yoga exponents like Jaggi Vasudev, Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a module has been designed so that yoga teachers across India can take exams to receive government certification.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, yoga diplomacy, smart & soft power, india, narendra modi, international image, education, unicef

French Startups Venture Abroad for Chance at Global Recognition

Launching a startup is no easy feat. Launching one outside your native country is even harder. But for certain French startups, the French government is there to help. A government-sponsored competition that began last year offers startups marketing and promotional assistance. The Creative Next Challenge is a series of competitions sponsored by Business France, the nation’s international business development agency. 

Tags: non state pd, government pd, france, entrepreneurship, startup diplomacy, creative next challenge, creative france

Spain & Argentina Agree To Further Develop Strategic Partnership

After meeting with the President of the Republic of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, said that relations between the two countries “have regained their traditional strength” following the State visit by the Argentine leader. He also committed to making “every effort” to ensure an agreement is reached between the European Union and MERCOSUR.

Tags: government pd, international exchange, argentina, spain, european union, mercosur, strategic partnership, cross cultural dialogue, human rights

Soft Power, Cultural Diplomacy and All that Jazz

The cultural relationship between Canada and China predates both countries. Canada is 150 years old. The People’s Republic of China, in its modern manifestation, barely 67. But known cultural connections between the two societies begin 158 years ago for British Columbia, when many emigrated from China, first to the Fraser River gold rush and then to build railways, work in the coal mines and build merchant empires.

Tags: history & theory, Cultural Diplomacy, smart & soft power, canada, china, bilateral relations, economic development, jazz diplomacy

Beyond the Tent: Engineers Respond to Conditions in Refugee Camps

To improve the standard of living in refugee camps, a high-level of engagement must be on the table. Stefani Mikov and Emir Üçer, two young Turkish engineers from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), have come up with long-term answers to improving the lives of these temporary guests, whose socioeconomic problems are turning out to be more permanent.

Tags: non state pd, global aid & development, turkey, united states, university of southern california, engineering, refugee camps, global health, syrian refugees

Russia and Pakistan's Reluctant Romance

State-to-state relationships are not grounded in emotions, but based on shared interests. No one is a friend or a foe forever; the convergence or divergence of mutual interests decides the nature of the relationship between two countries. Though relations between Russia and Pakistan remained turbulent over the years, they have been warming up over the last decade, with top political and diplomatic meetings. 

Tags: government pd, cultural exchange, history & theroy, russia, pakistan, bilateral relations, trade, global influence, nato

Entrepreneur Tells Stories of Comfort Women

"I think it is a problem for the issue of comfort women to be perceived only as a political, diplomatic issue between Korea and Japan," Yoon told The Korea Times in an interview last week. "The victims must be respected and they must regain their dignity." Marymond not only makes patterns symbolizing the comfort women, it is also involved in projects to highlight the issue.

Tags: south korea, comfort women, non-state pd, entrepreneurs, business diplomacy, non profit organization, citizen engagement

British Council, MMDA Team Up to Promote More Creative, Liveable City

The British Council in the Philippines and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recently launched the ‘Art for Urban Change’ partnership. The tie-up  aims to contribute to more liveable and creative cities, and includes the creation of site-specific artworks on pumping stations found along Pasig River, a traveling art exhibition, and the creation of a public art advisory group.

Tags: british council, MMDA, art for urban change, art exhibition, art diplomacy, city diplomacy, Pasig River, public art

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