Cultural Diplomacy

“Cultural Diplomacy was persuasive during the cold war because its “Ambassadors” i.e. performers, writers and thinkers were perceived to be independent of the government.”

Cynthia P. Schneid,
Brown Journal of World Affairs

Cultural Diplomacy can prevail by applying three prescriptions:

– Recognition: Each party to recognise the distinct cultural dynamics of the other; this recognition affords equal Human Rights on equal terms.

– Understanding: The study of foreign cultural dynamics in order to gain an understanding of the traditions, history, language and general way of life, pertinent to the engaging party.

– Dialogue: Basic dialogue requires one party to listen while the other speaks and vice versa. Cultural Diplomacy prescribes the observance of this and for parties to draw on their accrued cultural understanding when engaging in dialogue.

For more information and possibilities consult: WAALM – SCD

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