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.

UK Troops Rush to Caribbean Bracing for More Damage Than Irma

MORE than 1,000 British troops are in a race against time to get aid to the Caribbean as yet another hurricane headed towards the batters the region. Royal Marine Commandos and engineers are continuing to gather medical supplies, food, water and building materials to send to the British Virgin Islands (BVIs), Anguilla, and Turks and Caicos after Storm Maria was upgraded to a hurricane overnight.

Tags: military aid, uk, Hurricane Irma, hurricane maria, disaster aid, humanitarian assistance, caribbean

Korea Accelerating Public Diplomacy for 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

With the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics less than five months away, South Korea is accelerating its public diplomacy to promote the South Korea-hosted international sports event where the cultural allure of Korea could be illuminated globally. [...] The ministry is utilizing its 182 overseas diplomatic missions to reach out to the world to promote the sports games.

Tags: sports diplomacy, tourism diplomacy, south korea, pyongchang, cultural exchange, nation branding

UAE Ambassadors Take Part in Cultural Diplomacy at Juilliard School

A senior delegation of UAE ambassadors has been welcomed by the Juilliard School, a performing arts conservatory. The visit came ahead of the United Nations General Assembly and reflected a shared interest between the UAE and the Juilliard School in the power of the arts in the development of society. During their visit, the ambassadors saw student performances and rehearsals, and reviewed manuscripts from the Juilliard Manuscript Collection, including the original score of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, uae, Juilliard, performing arts, mutual understanding, music, beethoven

Soft Power and Public Diplomacy in Latin America: A View from Argentina

As Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan pointed out in his essay for the 2016 Soft Power 30 report, the concept of soft power is still relatively foreign to many diplomatic services in Latin America, but this is beginning to change. Several countries in the region have started developing their capabilities to tap into, systematize, and project soft power internationally. In conducting foreign policy, public diplomacy is a key instrument for countries to assert their views and leverage soft power assets.

Tags: Americas soft power, government pd, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, social media, public diplomacy, training, 21st century public diplomacy, argentina, latin america

Hold the Egg Sandwich: Egyptian TV Is Calling

Every other day or so, Hatem El-Gamasy connects to a news audience nearly halfway around the world, delivering hot takes on American politics, live from New York, but on Egyptian television. When the broadcast ends, he slips out his earpieces, opens the door of his makeshift studio and returns to his day job. Mr. El-Gamasy owns the Lotus Deli in Ridgewood, Queens, a place known for its sandwiches, extensive craft beer selection, and its gracious, friendly owner.

Tags: international broadcasting, united states, egypt, new york city, united nations, citizen diplomacy

Serena Organizes Event on Public Diplomacy

Aziz Boolani, CEO Serena hotels, in his introductory remarks, spoke of the initiatives taken by Serena hotels over the past few years and their contribution to the society. The focus was on adventure diplomacy, sports diplomacy and public diplomacy and how Serena has managed to bring these sectors of the corporate and diplomatic community together for a cause.

Tags: international tourism, tourism diplomacy, people to people engagement, people to people diplomacy, pakistan, culture diplomacy, adventure diplomacy, sports diplomacy

China-U.S. Ping-Pong Diplomacy Commemorated at Headquarters of UN

A friendship match is held at the headquarters of the United Nations in commemoration of the China-U.S. Ping-Pong diplomacy, 45 years after the Chinese Ping-Pong delegation came to the UN for the first time, in New York September 15, 2017. In 1971 and 1972, U.S. and Chinese table tennis teams exchanged visit after many years of estrangement and antagonism between the two countries, opening the door for the China-U.S. people-to-people contact.

Tags: sports diplomacy, China-U.S. relations, china, united states, united nations, ping pong diplomacy, people to people diplomacy

Fashion Firms Focus on Social Media

Speed of reaction to social media trends is becoming more important in the battle between fast fashion and more established High Street retailers, say experts. [...] Topshop's global marketing director Sheena Sauvaire told the BBC's Today programme that while the concoctions on the catwalk influence High Street retail design, social media is increasingly playing a role.

Tags: social media, digital diplomacy, fashion diplomacy, topshop, branding, fast fashion

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