Varun Soni, USC Dean of Religious Life, on LA's massive diaspora as an incubator of global religion and a driving force for the city's growing relevance on the world stage.
Nearly a year into the Trump presidency, countries around the world are scrambling to adapt as the White House has struggled to fill key government positions, scaled back the State Department and upended old alliances. Now some nations are finding that even if they are frustrated by President Trump's Washington, they can still prosper from robust relations with the California Republic and a constellation of like-minded U.S. cities, some of which are bigger than European countries.
From blogs on the public diplomacy of Catalonia and think tanks to events on city diplomacy and South Korea's soft power, here's a run-down of CPD's top content this month.
The endeavoring role of cities like Toronto, Canada and São Paulo, Brazil in the international system.
This Week in PD, we share international news on cultural diplomacy, nation branding, education diplomacy and more.
The latest issue of Public Diplomacy Magazine highlights city diplomacy as cities expand their national and international roles.
We have fallen behind Shenzhen in innovation and technology, but we can close the gap by excelling in arts and culture, given our rich cultural heritage and talent, and creative youth. [...] To enhance our position as an arts hub and foster international exchange, the Hong Kong Palace Museum at West Kowloon can be a strong platform. It will exhibit many of China’s most precious historic artifacts, and tourists and connoisseurs will not have to travel to Beijing to view these treasures.
Juan de Lara, Thomas Gustafson, and Varun Soni examined what makes Los Angeles global from a range of perspectives, including faith, race, class, literature, and pop culture.