Cultural Diplomacy Web Resources

This is a selective list of the main resources on Cultural Diplomacy that you could tap into on the Web in 2012, some of which were not as objective as they may seem.

To start with, here is a core lecture from the man himself, Mr Joseph Nye.

Steve Green, who used to work for the British Council, does trustworthy work on the issue. Here is a particularly useful and recent overview.
The University of Southern California leads on research into the area

The ICCE at Goldsmiths College London University together with the umbrella organisation ENCATC is increasingly active in the area and have provided much of the material for this post.
Click here for a recent official view from Europe.
The Ditchely Foundation organised a conference in March 2012 on Cultural Diplomacy: Does it Work? Here is their report.

 

Other recent writings and updates include:

The British Council continues to develop policy in this area. See one of their latest statements (2012): Trust Pays – How international cultural relationships build trust in the UK and underpin the success of the UK economy.

The Government of Finland commissioned this report from Brian Hocking et al in 2012: Futures for Diplomacy: Integrative Diplomacy in the 21st Century.

Berthold Franke of The Goethe Institut produced this Message from the Goethe-Institut: Cultural diplomacy versus cultural exchange and dialogue. 

EU Culture and External Relations also make interesting statements. Click here and here.

EUNIC is a key organisation of European diplomats in post in the cultural institutes. Here are a couple of reports worth reading:  

1. Europe’s Foreign Cultural Relations: Culture Report – EUNIC
Yearbook 2011 
2. Cultural Diplomacy in a Changing World: How to Respond to
the Current Challenges (EUNIC London 2012) 

Debate on relations with China is beginning to produce material:
– See Richard Pascoe‘s Powerpoint (2012) on Chinese Views of the EU and Europe.
– And the results of research at UK University of Nottingham by Welzel, Christian and Graf, Timo (2011) on the Chinese Affect towards European Culture.

Fergus Hanson (2012) produced Revolution @State: The Spread of Ediplomacy for the Lowy Institute.

Rod Fisher with Carla Figueira updated their research for More Europe in 2011: Revisiting EU Member States’ International Cultural Relations


Just starting on this? Here are the basic texts everyone needs to read

Cox 1981: Cox, Robert W. (1981) Social Forces, States and World Orders: Beyond International Politics Theory. In John A. VASQUEZ, ed. (1996) Classics of International Relations. 3rd ed. London: Prentice Hall, pp.126-134.
Mitchell 1986: Mitchell, John M. (1986) International Cultural Relations. London: Allen & Unwin Ltd.
Fox 1999: Fox, Robert (1999) Cultural Diplomacy at the Crossroads: Cultural Relations in Europe and the Wider World, a Report on a Conference Organised Jointly by the British Council and Wilton Park. London: Networking Europe.
Malone 1988: Malone, Gifford D. (1988) Political Advocacy and Cultural Communication: Organizing the Nation’s Public Diplomacy. University Press of America
Nye 2002: Nye, Joseph S. (2002) The Paradox of American Power: Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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