The UK House of Lords has published a report on its inquiry Soft Power and the UK’s Influence. A primary focus on public diplomacy, including the activities of science, education, museums and others in the context of diplomacy. Makes a substantial list of recommendations to the UK government.
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Interesting AAAS blog post on Tacit Diplomacy in Life Sciences: A Foundation for Science Diplomacy from David Benson and Roger Kjelgren. Refers to values and ways of working in science that support international collaboration and consensus.
The British Council has published a report from the think-tank DEMOS on culture and soft power - Influence and Attraction. It looks at the role of culture in the relationships between countries, including in diplomacy, examines trends and looks at options for development. Missed opportunity in glossing over scientific culture in the mix, but interesting nevertheless.
The British Council has published a report Culture means Business with supporting evidence. Discusses the value of cultural and public links internationally and the relationship with business, summarised as:.../
- There is a strong positive relationship between involvement in UK cultural activities and interest in opportunities to do business with people or organisations from the UK;
- There is a positive relationship between involvement in UK cultural activities and rating of the opportunities the UK offers for business and trade;
- Involvement in UK cultural activities facilitated by the British Council resulted in greater interest in and rating of UK business opportunities than involvement in cultural activities facilitated by another UK institution.,