Brexit, arts and culture
People-to-people diplomacy in cultural relations between the West and Russia
This article, first published in Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft https://www.kupoge.de/kumi/kumi163.html considers the potential impacts of Brexit on art and culture. The article is also available in German on request.
This article was a contribution to the project Impact of Brexit on International Cultural Relations in the EU carried out as part of IFA’s Research Programme Culture and Foreign Policy.
First published: Kulturpolitische Mitteilungen, No 163, IV/2018, ed. Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft
Translated by Carmen Eller.
Computers are useless. They only give you answers. (Pablo Picasso)
Erik Vlaeminck, Researcher with SYM Consulting, currently in Tyumen, Russia (pictured), offers his observations on the importance of people-to-people exchange in Russian-Western relations.
Culture in the EU's external relations
This blog is a review of the report “Optimizing Engagement, Research, Evaluation and Learning in Public Diplomacy”.[i] The report addresses the perennial question of how to measure the effectiveness and impact of public diplomacy by looking at “how approaches to Research, Evaluation and Learning (REL) are executed by major players in the Public Diplomacy (PD) sector around the globe.” (p.8).
[i] Report by M&C Saatchi for the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD) at the US Department of State, April 2018 https://www.state.gov/pdcommission/reports/281372.htm
Digital Index of Global Influence
Paris, June 2018. SYM Consulting presented an outline strategy for how the National Institutes of Culture in the EU (EUNIC) could add value to the EU’s Global Strategy and strategic approach to culture in external relations. The presentation to the EUNIC General Assembly, in the amazing Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, was preceded by an address from Françoise Nyssen, French Minister of Culture (pictured).
CPD: Professionalising Practice
Ongoing: interest continues to grow in the proposal for an AI-driven Index that can measure flows of influence in the global digital conversation. This project has the potential to be genuinely disruptive to the theory and practice of diplomacy, strategic communications, and all aspects of soft power in the years ahead. Looking forward to further discussions with international partners.
SYM Consulting is very excited to be developing Professional Development for practitioners of International cultural relations through Stuart MacDonald's appointment as Visiting Professor at Vesalius College and Senior Fellow at the Global Governance Institute, Free University of Brussels. Brussels is home to the world's largest community of diplomats and representatives of international organisations, the European Institutions and other multilateral bodies such as NATO. Watch this space for further news!