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City diplomacy integral to boosting economic, cultural exchanges

Global Times

Along with China’s increasing involvement in the international community, city diplomacy has become one of the most important elements that determine China’s future position in the world.

U.S. Repeals its propaganda ban, spreads government made news to Americans

John Hudson/Foreign Policy

For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January.

Can We “Ctrl+Alt+Del” U.S. Foreign Policy in the Internet Age?

Marc Sabbagh/Diplomatic Courier

The internet is making it more difficult to “control, alternate, and delete” U.S. foreign policy.

U.S. Department of State’s Path to Paralympics: Brazil Sports Diplomacy Program

Office of the Spokesperson/U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced today that youth and coaches from Brazil will be in Chicago, Illinois this week for a sports exchange program.

How the world is saving the shark

Tara Sonenshine/CNN

Public diplomacy and public education, together with sound policy, give us a model for success. Using Facebook, Twitter, public service advertisements, the media, celebrity interviews, videos and classroom teaching, we can martial the forces to convince consumers that buying products that come from slaughtered elephants or harpooned sharks is simply wrong and dangerous.

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Rowing Through Troubled Waters: Sports Diplomacy in the Middle East and South Asia

Katrina Trost

Sports diplomacy is a common form of public diplomacy, and has long been used to bridge tense relations between international powers. Even when countries have cool relations, sports teams can be utilized to connect to foreign publics.

Challenges to U.S. Public Diplomacy in North Korea

Christian Mull

As North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons program and adopts an increasingly belligerent rhetoric one must ask: can the U.S. make effective use of public diplomacy to thaw tensions with North Korea?  If so, what are the barriers to public diplomacy that the U.S. has to overcome to increase its outreach inside North Korea?