The Importance of Cultural Diplomacy in Resolving Conflict
By Ceren Mutuş Toprakseven (Researcher, Center for Middle Eastern & African Studies, International Strategic Research Organization; Turkey)
Culture is one of the main tools to resolve conflicts, because if you let states solve problems, it won’t go anywhere. Butut if you use culture and if you educate people and inform societies about these main issues and try to establish a common mindset on the problems, it can help to solve them. At this point, I believe that Cultural Diplomacy is very important; we should pay attention to the force of NGOs, think tanks, and individuals who are trying to establish this link among countries and among societies, and after that I think there will be a common mind to solve the problem.
- The Ankara Conference on Peace-building & Reconciliation; Ankara, Turkey, April 2012