Cultural Diplomacy Initiative

“Harnessing the power of culture to foster mutual understanding”

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Harnessing the power of culture to advance foreign policy objectives

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Welcome to the Cultural Diplomacy Initiative at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Inaugurated in 2022, the program is a repository of innovative thinking about emerging challenges and opportunities for cultural diplomacy, a convening center for leaders in the field, a hub for cooperation among other programs in this arena, and a source of education and training. Its mission is to activate the power of culture as a tool to build bridges through cultural diplomacy initiatives which serve foreign policy objectives. The initiative hosts an ongoing study group on soft power and cultural diplomacy, a seminar series, and a fellows program.

CDI Harmony Academy

Please join us for the upcoming series of online study groups in cooperation with The Embassy Of The People’s Republic of China in the United States, “The Harmony Academy: A Series of Masterclasses About Chinese Culture”!

Smile Ambassador

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Always Hitting a High Note

Opera singer Carla Canales, an arts envoy for the U.S. State Department, finds a new stage at Fletcher. There is ...
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Talks & Videos

  1. US State Dept Arts Envoy Mission to Japan, 2016
  2. MentorTalks: Using Arts to Advocate with Carla Canales
  3. Arts Advocacy Day 2019: Carla Canales
  4. How singing can make the world a better place | Carla Dirlikov-Canales | TEDxMidAtlantic
  5. Triple Threat Academy US State Dept Arts Envoy Mission to Indonesia 2022

CDI Research Papers

  1. Briefing Paper on Public and Cultural Diplomacy Education – Sophie Orosz
  2. Measuring Soft Power – Jiayi (Jan) Zhang