Cultural Diplomacy Individual Country Focus
Following the examination of culturally diplomatic activities on a regional level, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has chosen to focus their investigations on the activities of a selection of countries, in order to convey an understanding of relevant issues and aspirations at a local level. The body of research examines the activities of fifteen individual states, including those of China, Denmark, India, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Slovenia and Sweden. Countries were chosen on the basis of the availability of native researchers to the ICD, who were able to bring an indigenous level of knowledge and cultural awareness to their work.
The reports contain a list of projects, each of which includes a description, a list of aims and objectives, and a comment on its perceived relevance as cultural diplomacy. Contact details are also included, should the reader wish to take their investigation of an individual project further.
Beyond being a simple resource of information, the Individual Country Focus chapter includes an in-depth analysis of each country, in order to highlight nation-specific trends in culturally diplomatic activities, such as the grand-scale projects of China (the 2008 Summer Olympics and the World Expo 2010) and the friendship-promoting activities of Hungary with its Central European neighbours.
Through its in-depth level of local analysis, the Individual Country Focus chapter hopes to enable the reader to forge an understanding of the relevance of soft power as a viable means of improving relations on a local, as well as national and international level.
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