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What is Cultural Diplomacy?

The Institute For Cultural Diplomacy Defines Cultural Diplomacy as;
 
 "Cultural Diplomacy may best be described as a course of actions, which are based on and utilize the exchange of ideas, values, traditions and other aspects of culture or identity, whether to strengthen relationships, enhance socio-cultural cooperation, promote national interests and beyond; Cultural diplomacy can be practiced by either the public sector, private sector or civil society."
 
 History wise Cultural Diplomacy has existed as a practice for a considerable length of time. Though the term "cultural diplomacy" has as of late been set up, proof of its practice can be seen throughout history. Wayfarers, explorers, brokers, instructors, and specialists can be altogether viewed as living instances of "casual representatives" or early "cultural diplomats".
 
 Without a doubt, any individual who collaborates with various cultures, (right now or before), encourages a type of cultural exchange, which can occur in various field including art. workmanship, sports, writing, music, science, business, and economy.
 
From the beginning of time the collaboration of people groups, the exchange of language, religion, thoughts, expressions and societal structures have reliably improved relations between disparate gatherings. Never again consigned to the fringe of the worldwide relations discipline, social strategy today is a lively and creative scholastic field of research and has effectively settled itself as an independent hypothesis and practice.
 
 ‘In an increasingly globalized, interdependent world, in which the proliferation of mass communication technology ensures we all have greater access to each other than ever before, Cultural Diplomacy is critical to fostering peace & stability throughout the world. Cultural Diplomacy, when learned and applied at all levels, possesses the unique ability to influence the Global Public Opinion and ideology of individuals, communities, cultures, or nations, which can accelerate the realization of the principles below. By accomplishing the first principle, one enables the second, which in turn enables the third, until the fifth ultimate principle of global peace and stability is achieved.’ -  Institute For Cultural Diplomacy
 

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Best platforms to learn about cultural diplomacy

 The presence of the internet has played a vital role in connecting various cultures with each other. At our fingertips we can access information that further elaborates various topics we are interested in learned. At IICD our passion is to educate the world about cultural diplomacy and its importance. We have taken the liberty to list various E-Learning Platforms/Programs that cover Cultural Diplomacy for those interested to learn.

  1. Center For Cultural Diplomacy Studies

The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies has developed the E-Learning Programs in order to offer individuals interested in the field of Cultural Diplomacy and related areas the opportunity to increase their experience in this expanding field.

The E-Learning Programs have been designed to be studied at a distance, giving students the flexibility to study from any location in the world within a structured and supportive framework. The programs are built in a way that allows individuals currently working full time the ability to acquire academic knowledge with maximum flexibility regarding scheduling and learning formats. The programs have been designed in a flexible way to allow students to structure their instruction around their own schedules.

The courses will be delivered via an e-Learning platform, designed to help participants meet the course's learning objectives through a self-paced study routine supported by multimedia, required and optional readings, and a wealth of other information adapted specifically to full-time professionals.

The programs offer access to high profile lecturers, audio-visual content, a library of reading materials, and professional networking opportunities to promote one's own projects. Students will have access to innovative research and publications in the field and a distinguished and renowned faculty. In addition to obtaining an expertise in Cultural Diplomacy, students will have the possibility to create and implement their own programs of Cultural Diplomacy with the support of the ICD and its partners.

Participants will be awarded an official certificate upon successful completion of the program. The certificate will be signed by members of the Academy Faculty and ICD Advisory Board, which include high-level politicians, leading academics, and renowned experts.

Letter of Recommendation - For those students who implement specific projects of Cultural Diplomacy or write exceptional final papers for their e-Learning Program, it will be possible to request letters of recommendation from the ICD to assist in their career development.

  1.  Future Learn

The European University Institute developed a 3 week course on Future Learn which introduces cultural diplomacy to individuals working in foreign policy, public policy, arts, culture and heritage. The course covers the concept and governance of cultural diplomacy.

  1. SOAS University Of London

The Online Module will tackle the important topic of Cultural Diplomacy, an increasingly vital component of public diplomacy and international relations. The module will investigate the role of culture as a soft power tool to be used as a solution for bridge building and international dialogue, with the consideration that the 21st Century world’s challenges, such as migration, radicalization and climate change are largely culture based.

The module will address the theories of culture and diplomacy and their relationship to one another, whilst asking the questions: ‘how has globalization changed the way in which diplomacy is practiced?’ and ‘how can the use of culture foster more effective diplomatic practices?’.

The Cultural Diplomacy module will focus on a study of the key traditional building blocks of cultural diplomacy – public diplomacy, propaganda and soft power – to enable students to gain an in depth understanding of where cultural diplomacy fits within the larger international affairs arena, and to equip them with the skills they need to develop as cultural diplomacy practitioners.

Students will additionally gain an understanding of the non-state actor led practice of cultural relations and the key actors engaged in this field, including artists, citizens, NGOs, corporates and academics, allowing students to develop a well rounded academic foundation in the complex field of cultural diplomacy.

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