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.

Music - A Diplomatic Tool? European Forum on Music Aims to Bridge Cultures

Can music really build bridges of understanding amid conflicts? Participants at the 2017 European Forum on Music in Cyprus think so, though they admit that music can also become a weapon. [...] On Saturday, June 10, music will bridge that divide when Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot musicians take the stage together in Pafos to perform at the 2017 European Forum on Music.

Tags: music diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, cultural bridge, cultural exchange, arts & culture, music, cyprus, European Forum on Music

Infographic: PM Narendra Modi's 3 Years on Facebook

Technology allows governments and citizens to communicate faster and more effectively. In the age of “digital diplomacy”, the ability to harness digital platforms effectively to engage people, exchange ideas and deliver key messages is more important than ever. Prime Minister Narendra Modi provides a great example of digital diplomacy done well by a head of a state. His use of digital tools has been central to his success both as a politician and India’s global advocate-in-chief.

Tags: Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, social media diplomacy, social media, facebook, PM Modi, narendra modi, india, infographic

Culinary Exchange Dinner Brings Together Mexican, Chinese...and Mummer Foods

On Monday evening, members of the Philadelphia, Chinese and Mexican communities got together to have dinner with some of the city's Mummers. As the latest in a string of after-hours, invitation-only dinners, they each prepared a dish unique to their culture. A Chinese chef demonstrated how to make pork dumplings, traditionally made for Chinese New Year. The Mummers shared their own New Year's tradition, made with the same meat: an Italian stuffed pork loin. Rocco Gallelli demonstrated how to make an Italian stuffed pork loin.

Tags: gastro diplomacy, gastrodiplomacy, cultural exchange, culinary exchange, culinary diplomacy, new york

Pop Star Eclipses President in Star-Spangled Diplomacy, Outreach to Allies

For a few hours on Sunday, Ariana Grande, a 23-year-old pop star from Boca Raton, Florida, was the leader of the free world. The position has been open for months. Contestants ranging from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to, improbably, Chinese President Xi Jinping have been auditioning for the job. [...] While President Trump gutter-tweeted argle-bargle and played another round of golf, Grande delivered what will likely stand as the official American response to the bombing in Manchester and to another terrorist attack, the night before the concert, in London.

Tags: Opinion, Pop star diplomacy, Cultural Diplomacy, music diplomacy, popular culture, Ariana Gande, Donald Trump, united states, manchester, united kingdom, counter-terrorism

Turkey’s Public Diplomacy Approach

Turkey has started to use public diplomacy in its modern sense and as a state policy for the first time during the AK party era. [...] In addition, TIKA (Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency) the first soft power institution of Turkey (opened in the 1990s), has been restructured in order to adapt to public diplomacy. [...] The Yunus Emre Institute, which was opened in 2009, has started to carry out the cultural diplomacy activities of public diplomacy. In this respect, Turkish foreign policy has also opened up to the cultural and social fields.

Tags: turkey, middle east, soft power, Cultural Diplomacy, government pd

Estonia's Non-Traditional Way for Nation Branding

Are there any limits to the channels and tools that a state can use to perpetuate narratives on national identity? Traditional approaches to what has been defined as nation-building have tended to rely on such things as studies of the use of the national language, school education, and political narratives. [...]  Indeed, cinema, large-scale events with hundreds of thousands of attendees, cultural initiatives, and even food narratives can be used to construct identity in a path that goes from traditional nation-building to what has recently been defined as nation-branding.

Tags: estonia, eurovision, tourism diplomacy, nation branding, soft power, music diplomacy, national identity

Trump’s Diplomacy-by-Twitter Sets Off Firestorm

President Trump set off a firestorm Tuesday when he conducted diplomacy-by-tweet. The President took credit for the decision by Saudi Arabia and several other Arab countries to cut off ties with Qatar, an ally that is home to a large base with as many as 10,000 U.S. military personnel. The tweets were a huge surprise given that a day earlier, top U.S. officials had sought to downplay the dispute. “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!” Trump tweeted Tuesday.

Tags: united states, Donald Trump, twitter diplomacy, Digital Diplomacy & New Technology, qatar, soft power, saudi arabia, iran, counterterrorism, counter terrorism measures

Tasty Treat Helps Fund International Exchange Program

Chef Dicky Cheung is the former co-owner/chef of Golden Willow Chinese Restaurant in Concord. [...] The good news is that Chef Dicky hasn’t hung up his apron just yet. Since his retirement, he has been volunteering his kitchen mastery “wok-ing” to help various nonprofit organizations raise money for worth causes. [...] The Concord Ambassadors organization was established in 1974 when executives representing Concord and Kitakami, Japan, met in Concord to draw up a charter of lasting friendship between the two cities. 

Tags: people-to-people exchange, culinary diplomacy, gastro diplomacy, gastrodiplomacy, ngo, crowd sourcing, Cultural Diplomacy, international exchange, cultural exchange

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