External Cultural Relations

European Cultural Institutes Abroad


The objective of the study is to have a better understanding of the role that the national cultural institutes of EU Member States could play in a European strategy for culture in the EU's external relations. It analyses the strengths and weaknesses of their missions, structures and resources.

European external cultural relations: Paving new ways?

This study is the result of a six-month research project conducted in partnership with ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). It delivers an overview of the EU funding procedures for the promotion of culture in foreign relations, and at explores alternative models of cooperation.

A New Era in Cultural Diplomacy: Rising Soft Power in Emerging markets

On February 28, 2014, the USC (University of Southern California) Center on Public Diplomacy hosted its Annual Research Conference, focusing on cultural diplomacy in emerging markets.

As Others See Us: Culture, attraction and soft power

This report is based on a survey carried out among 18-34 year olds overseas (China, India, Brazil, Germany and the US), as well as their UK contemporaries, which sought to identify the factors that make a country attractive to them as well as the factors influencing the UK’s attractiveness specifically. It also compares the world’s biggest economies in terms of attractiveness, particularly the culture, education and people dimensions.

Engaging the World: towards global cultural citizenship

Final Report of the Preparatory Action Culture in EU External Relations, on how the EU can make strategic use of culture in its external relations. This report presents:

Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy: New Models for the 21st Century

The fifty-four participants of the Salzburg Global Seminar Session 490 on “Public and Private Cultural Exchange-Based Diplomacy” met at an auspicious moment in the evolution of international cultural engagement. As comment after comment at the Seminar made clear, there is a palpable sense of opportunity in the field. The tone and texture of cultural discourse, the range of included voices in creative practices, the organizational and technological infrastructure for conducting transnational cultural exchanges, are all undergoing a sea change—and generally for the better.

Report – “International Artistic Mobility and Territorial diplomacy"

This seminar grouped together 50 professionals from the cultural sector – policymakers, researchers, cultural operators, artists, institutional representatives and consultants from both sides of the Mediterranean (20 countries including 8 countries from the South – , Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic , Denmark, Egypt , Finland, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Syria , Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom ).
This debate bought to the fore five themes:
1.Mobility and Periphy

Influence and attraction: Culture and the race for soft power in the 21st century.

A new report from the British Council investigates how and why ‘soft power’ is becoming more important in international relations – and why countries such as China, Korea and Brazil are making huge investments in it.

Download the full report here.


Subscribe to RSS - External Cultural Relations