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Cultural Diplomacy

Building Constituencies for Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 09.23.2012 | Arts
Philip Seib

Cultural diplomacy has avid supporters partly because this facet of public diplomacy usually is not controversial and has a high feel-good quotient. Sending an orchestra to China has value because each such venture opens doors and minds.

American Artists, U.S. Cultural Ambassadors, Amplify Message Through Social Media

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 09.18.2012 | Arts
Ellen Freudenheim

How to win hearts and minds in the international political arena? Use social media. From Facebook to Twitter, social media extends the shelf life of ...

Singer: State Department Best Band Booker

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Ellen Freudenheim

After Labor Day, Mary McBride and her band take their State Department-sponsored charm offensive to Libya and Afghanistan, among other countries. For the past 12 months McBride and her band have toured their mix of country-western rock'n'roll to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan and Turkey, among other nations such as Vietnam and Laos. This spring they toured Iraq for eight days. In each trip, they do outreach concerts for abandoned and disabled people in institutional homes, hold workshops with students, meet prominent local musicians, play for international personnel, and appear on local media. "I've never felt as welcome as I have in Pakistan and Iraq," said McBride during a two-hour in-person interview in Brooklyn in June. She has the voice of a full-throated blues singer and a camp counselor's infectious enthusiasm.

Pakistan Plugging Into America

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

I had the chance to meet and interview, not diplomats, nor politicians, but regular, young Pakistani citizens who happen to be in an acclaimed rock and roll band called Noori.

Cultural Diplomacy and Construction of Trust

Philip Seib | Posted 08.05.2012 | World
Philip Seib

Nearly everyone likes cultural diplomacy in principle, but some remain skeptical about its value. It is seen by many as soft power at its softest, safe and fuzzy, with more aesthetic rewards than diplomatic ones.

China's Embrace of Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
Philip Seib

Other countries that deal with this superpower need to understand the value the Chinese place on their language, traditions, and other cultural elements of their national life.

The Hajj Comes to London, Advancing Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.27.2012 | Arts
Philip Seib

The arts can push politics aside and allow the true spirit of a people to emerge and be viewed by the rest of the world.

Cultural Diplomacy and Cultural Autonomy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Philip Seib

For foreign policy strategists, cultural diplomacy has great value as a trust-builder, providing groundwork on which broader, non-arts initiatives can be constructed.

The Independent Power of Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Philip Seib

Soft power is precious because it is built upon trust earned over time. But trust requires a willingness to listen. Real friendship cannot survive in a one-way street, but thrives on mutuality and exchange.

Cultural Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Empowering Local Voices

Cynthia P. Schneider | Posted 04.23.2012 | Impact
Cynthia P. Schneider

The most successful cultural diplomacy strategy integrates people to people or arts/culture/media to people interactions into the basic business of diplomacy. The programs in Afghanistan, Egypt, and Iran all contribute to core goals of U.S. policy in those countries.

Intellectual Containment and U.S.-China Relations

Philip Seib | Posted 04.04.2012 | World
Philip Seib

For those attentive to the ongoing intellectual Cold War between the United States and China, Hu's recent words suggest the need for an American equivalent of George Kennan's "X" article of 1947.

A Strategy for Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 03.06.2012 | World
Philip Seib

At first glance, cultural diplomacy seems a relatively non-threatening way to project identity and influence, but its impact can be profound.

Remixing Public Diplomacy: American "Hip Hop Jam Sessions" in Post-Revolution Tunisia

Maytha Alhassen | Posted 02.16.2012 | World
Maytha Alhassen

My generation stands to learn from the enfranchisement blueprint designed by Tunisian youth (ones taking cues from the Civil Rights movement). Americans of all generations stand to learn about Tunisians beyond their historic revolution.

Only Artists Can Make The Difference

John M. Eger | Posted 01.22.2012 | Education
John M. Eger

Recognizing the vital role of the arts in the new economy may be the most important aspect of a 21st century education.

K-pop: Soft Power for the Global Cool

Linda Constant | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Linda Constant

Governmental cultural diplomacy can sometimes come off as forced or out-of-touch, but K-pop is an authentic reflection and spectacle of youth culture that is impressively close to the pulse of the "global cool."

The Gospel Of Sufism In Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Cynthia P. Schneider | Posted 11.16.2011 | Religion
Cynthia P. Schneider

At a time when extremism threatens to undermine Egypt's multi-ethnic unity, Sufism, which permeates society at all levels, offers a message of peace and tolerance.

Cultural Diplomacy and the "Oh, I Didn't Know That" Factor

Cynthia P. Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cynthia P. Schneider

In a globalized world where the powers of military might and diplomatic finesse have diminished, "Oh, I didn't know that" moments of cross cultural understanding can make a difference.

Public Diplomacy: "Out" for the U.S., "In" Overseas?

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

China and India's public diplomacy activities have grown extensively in our new century, even as the United States is seemingly abandoning the foreign policy tool.

Weilding Soft Power in a Post-American World

Roberto Ramos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roberto Ramos

Plenty has been written about the decline of the United States vis-à-vis the rise of the rest of the world, especially the emerging economic power ce...

Looking for God at the Shanghai Expo: Religion, Nation Branding and the Soft Power Showdown in China

Nick Cull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Nick Cull

Although pavilions are expected to respond to the grand theme, a national pavilion at an Expo has traditionally been a microcosm of the society it represents.

A Different Kind of P2P: The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad

Linda Constant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Linda Constant

The Rhythm Road facilitates not only cross-cultural discourse but also provides an extraordinary platform for artists to emerge from their own localism and share what they do, face-to-face, with the unknown.

Jamming for Uncle Sam: Getting the Best From Cultural Diplomacy

Nick Cull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Nick Cull

Does the United States really consider "top tips for getting corporate cash" to bankroll culture the best that we have to offer to artists abroad?

Living in the Imagination of the World: Treme, Cultural Diplomacy and the International Exhibition

Linda Constant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Linda Constant

Whether the trauma is caused by a war, a natural disaster, or an economic crisis, cultural outreach is a complementary tool to existing methodologies of social recuperation.

21st Century Cultural Diplomacy Objectives

Stephanie Adamowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephanie Adamowicz

In diplomacy, the arts have transformed from being the message to the messenger. No longer is the emphasis on promoting a particular message, but the human-interaction involved in the exchange.

America as a Shopping Mall? U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in the Age of Obama

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

During the first year of the Obama administration, expectations that cultural diplomacy would become a governmental priority were not met, despite the fact that the President made "cultural" references in his speeches overseas.