citizen diplomacy

Kathy Artus challenges us to engage in conversation with international visitors as a form of public diplomacy.

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.

Many stories this week focused on how artistic expression can help build stronger relationships and increase a state's cultural visibility.

How a group of German graffiti artists are using art to fight racism.

A look at the role of food in tourism, nation branding, and more.

This week's headlines explore international exchanges and their role in public diplomacy

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry on Tuesday received two honors — both of them for promoting Albuquerque on the world stage and for advancing citizen diplomacy. The first award was from Global Ties ABQ on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The award recognizes Berry’s “extraordinary commitment to encourage citizen diplomacy and to foster commercial, educational, and cultural exchange between Albuquerque and nations from all over the world.”

Omari Faulkner emphasizes dialogue and engagement in order to bridge the divide between us and those with whom we may not agree.

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