CS-0223: Public Diplomacy

Public diplomacy employs culture in international relations, whose principal means of exchange are political, economic and military. Increasingly, these traditional forms are augmented by culture, an important example of "soft power," a way of exerting global influence that appears to be unthreatening, even humanitarian. Public diplomacy raises questions about cultural imperialism, claims that some cultural forms are universal, notions that some culture practices foster peace, etc. This course will critically explore mainly US public diplomacy but also efforts by multilateral organizations like the UN and by international NGOs.