Skip to 0 minutes and 13 secondsHello and welcome. I'm Anna Triandafyllidou. And together with my colleague, Jeremie Molho, we are your educators for this course. Is cultural diplomacy just a tool for foreign policy, or is it about intercultural relations and intercultural dialogue? Stay with us in this course, and together we will explore, first of all, the relevant terms, cultural diplomacy, transnational cultural relations, cultural cooperation, and most importantly, soft and hard power. We will discuss the role of different actors. We will identify the role of cities and regions, of cultural organisations or artists, and of course international organisations. You will learn with us to assess what are successful cases of cultural diplomacy and what are less successful ones.

Skip to 1 minute and 5 secondsTogether, we will discuss critically the EU's national strategy of cultural diplomacy. We will see together how different member states develop in tension or in harmony this new cultural strategy for the European Union. Follow this course, and we hope you like it. Let's start the work.

Welcome to the course

Hello and welcome to this course on cultural diplomacy

Is cultural diplomacy about intercultural dialogue or is it merely a tool for foreign policy?

This course introduces the idea and practice of cultural diplomacy in our multi-polar world.

  • This week, we will define cultural diplomacy along with neighboring concepts in order to map the different conceptions of cultural diplomacy.

  • In week 2, we will investigate the role of state actors and international organisations as well as that of non-state actors including civil society and different types of cultural and educational institutions.

  • During the last week, we will consider the nascent strategy EU strategy of cultural diplomacy and its engagement with strategic partnership countries in different world regions.

By following this course you will be able to:

  • Investigate current debates on cultural diplomacy

  • Explain relevant terms such as cultural cooperation, public diplomacy or soft power.

  • Identify the main actors in cultural diplomacy today

  • Assess specific examples where cultural diplomacy has worked and examples where it has not.

  • Analyse how the member states of the European Union can define a common strategy of cultural diplomacy

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This course will offer you plenty of occasions to interact with your peers.

  • You can post comments to share your thoughts and opinions and we invite you to do so as often as possible, in the comment section of each step.

  • We have dedicated discussion steps.

  • On week 3, you will also have a peer review task. You will receive feedback from fellow learners and you will be invited to review other learners’ writings.

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Cultural Diplomacy

European University Institute (EUI)

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