Cultural diplomacy

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– Definition of cultural diplomacy:
– Defined in a 2006 article in the Brown Journal of World Affairs
– Public diplomacy explains a nation to the world
– Cultural diplomacy uses creative expression and exchanges
– Culture provides meaning for society
– Governments engage in cultural diplomacy to show values

– Components of culture:
– Culture encompasses values and practices
– Includes high culture and popular culture
– High culture appeals to elites
– Popular culture appeals to the masses
– Governments showcase culture in cultural diplomacy

– Soft power and cultural diplomacy:
– Cultural diplomacy is a form of soft power
– Soft power is the ability to influence through attraction
– Governments use cultural diplomacy to achieve goals
– Soft power complements hard power
– Cultural diplomacy enhances a nation’s image

– Cultural exchange programs:
– Cultural diplomacy involves exchanges of ideas
– Programs promote mutual understanding
– Exchange of people fosters connections
– Cultural programs build bridges between nations
– Cultural exchanges enhance global cooperation

– Benefits of cultural diplomacy:
– Enhances mutual understanding
– Fosters positive relationships between nations
– Promotes peace and cooperation
– Strengthens international ties
– Contributes to global harmony

Cultural diplomacy (Wikipedia)

Cultural diplomacy is a type of soft power that includes the "exchange of ideas, information, art, language and other aspects of culture among nations and their peoples in order to foster mutual understanding". The purpose of cultural diplomacy is for the people of a foreign nation to develop an understanding of the nation's ideals and institutions in an effort to build broad support for economic and political objectives. In essence "cultural diplomacy reveals the soul of a nation", which in turn creates influence. Public diplomacy has played an important role in advancing national security objectives.

A meeting of Japan, China, and the West by Shiba Kokan. c. late 18th – c. early 19th century

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