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Genealogy of the concept of soft power

The notion of soft power was introduced by Harvard Professor Joseph Nye. It assumes that a country’s artists, film-makers, language and values, can make it attractive and enhance its power. …

What is public diplomacy?

Diplomacy is generally associated with secrecy: closed dinners, secret agreements and meetings. But a large part of the diplomatic process is strategically made public. Public diplomacy is a state’s strategy …

The role of national cultural institutes

National cultural institutes remain a key tool of cultural cooperation, as shown by the tremendous expansion of the Chinese Confucius Institutes around the world. Andrew Murray is the director of …

The case of bilateral cultural years

Qatar is a very small country, having a population of approximately 2.5 million inhabitants, of which 85% are expatriates. Nevertheless, it has proved very ambitious in the last decades, to …

What is cultural cooperation?

The term “international cultural cooperation” refers to formalised collaborations that involve cultural actors across national boundaries, and aim at disseminating knowledge, culture, and artworks. The actors involved are many and …

Meet the course team

The following educators have collaborated for the production of this course: Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou Anna Triandafyllidou holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Toronto, …