This website makes a concise review of the basics of cultural diplomacy. The impact of culture on the conduct of modern diplomacy is unquestionable. Culture is a powerful instrument in the hands of diplomats to pursue national interest in an unintrusive, intelligent, convincing and cost-effective manner. Culture is utilised actively in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy to foster intercultural understanding and meaningful dialogue between nations.
This site is not intended to be a comprehensive study. However, the objective of the presentation is to provide an appropriate avenue for professional discourse on the subject of cultural diplomacy. Some aspects of using the web platform for cultural content presentation will also be dealt with.
UNESCO website on dialogue among civilisations.
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The aim of this paper is to explore a roster of cultural issues that affect a nation's well being - issues that should be on the minds of policymakers, both public and private, at national, state and local levels.
Source: Centre for Arts and Culture
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This site contains a well organised collection of full text press briefings, releases and speeches related to the conference that was held under the auspices of the Clinton administration in November 2000. The conference, which brought together diplomats, artists and scholars, had the fascinating task of determining the meeting point between culture and foreign policy, and in particular exploring the impact of culture on the formulation and conduct of foreign policy. The conclusions that could affect the future development of American cultural diplomacy can be found in the final report of the conference. Some of the topics dealt with during the workshops include: the centrality of cultural diplomacy, assisting culture in the developing world, trust and equality, preserving cultural diversity, the limits of business and the place of government and the role of the Internet on communications among cultures.
Source: Archives of US State Department Website, prior to Jan 2001
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Cultural Heritage - The Hostage of War
The cultural heritage of Iraq can be considered another victim of war. 12,000 years ago (10,000 AD), Mesopotamia, "the land between the two rivers," which is today to a large extent Iraqi territory, emerged as the cradle of civilization. It is calculated that 170,000 works of art have disappeared or been destroyed throughout the country as result of war.
Source: CIDOB Foundation, Universal Forum of Cultures
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Dr. Melbourne, US career diplomat from 1937-1972 shares his astute observations about the impact of national cultural patterns on the diplomatís performance abroad. Ignoring the cultural peculiarities of your foreign interlocutor may lead to serious misjudgment, confusion and miscalculation of the results of the meeting. Deriving from his long diplomatic experience, the author provides eloquent stories of culturally driven encounters and highlights the importance they have had on the conduct of foreign affairs.
Source: American Diplomacy
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