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.

Esri and Smart Dubai Sign Enterprise Agreement

Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, announced today that Smart Dubai, the government agency leading Dubai's smart city transformation, has signed an enterprise agreement (EA) providing ArcGIS technology to 44 entities across the government. The EA will be used by Smart Dubai for its smart city platform, called Dubai Pulse, to integrate and map data for better decision-making.

Tags: Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, city diplomacy, smart cities, smart dubai, esri, dubai pulse

Winning Arts and Minds

A Chinese production of Macbeth is being performed this week at the Edinburgh Festival, with the male/female roles having been reversed and ‘Lady Ma’ playing the protagonist. Incorporating martial arts and elements of Chinese theatre, this artistic merging of song and dance combines Chinese and Western drama through Cantonese opera.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, edinburgh, scotland, macbeth, shakespeare, chinese theatre, cantonese opera

Japanese Links to 8888 Protests Explored in New Film

 "My Country - My Home" is a joint production of Myanmar's MNTV channel and Japan International Broadcasting (JIB). [...] "We hope this film captures life in Myanmar as well as promoting friendship between our two countries,” said president of MNTV Nan Laik Mauk Sai.

Tags: Cultural Diplomacy, international broadcasting, film, japan, myanmar, relationship-building

Diplomatic Crisis Management in the Digital Age

Once a crisis begins to unfold, confusion about the nature, severity, and possible implications of the event is the immediate consequence to affect both authorities and the public. Ironically, this outcome is not prompted by the shortage of information about what is going on, but rather by the abundance of reports on social media channels, most of them reflecting individual reactions to the event, often times with little factual evidence to support them.

Tags: Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, crisis management, social media, digital age, MFAs, embassies

Kandy in the Spotlight: Sri Lanka's Second City Sees a Tourist Boom

The cultural capital of Kandy – controversial location for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – survived Sri Lanka’s civil war relatively intact. Now it’s thriving, thanks in no small part to an infamous relic: one of the Buddha’s teeth.

Tags: nation branding, tourism, global cities, sri lanka, kandy, indiana jones, buddhist festival

Singapore Airlifts Humanitarian Aid to Strife-Torn Philippines

Singapore has shipped humanitarian aid to the Philippines as part of the understanding reached during Singapore Minister for Defense Ng Eng Hen's visit to Manila in July 2017. [...] Singapore has also offered to provide training for AFP troops, and a detachment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to enhance the AFP's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in conflict-prone areas of the Philippines.

Tags: foreign aid, singapore, philippines, humanitarian assistance, conflict management, disaster relief

Ancient Customs of the World to Debate in Bolivia 2018

Bolivia will host the 2nd Forum of Ancient Civilizations in 2018 with the objective of promoting the exchange of ancestral knowledge among several countries, announced local media. [...] The first edition of the event took place this year in Athens with the participation of heirs of great civilizations, among them, Bolivia, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Greece, Peru and Mexico.

Tags: soft power, nation branding, indigenous peoples, bolivia, ancient civilizations, ancestral knowledge

The Great Communicator

By insisting on a pro-Kremlin agenda, and trying in vain to halt all inquiries into the Russian meddling in the election that brought him to power, Trump undermines his own political position, inviting further investigation of his financial dealings and opening the possibility of charges of obstruction of justice. Not a good time for policy, or those trying to communicate it.

Tags: government pd, russia, united states, ukraine, Donald Trump, bilateral relations, propaganda

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