This month the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is celebrating the importance of cultural diplomacy!
ECA’s cultural programs support the goals of the National Security Strategy: reinvigorate and modernize our alliances and partnerships around the world; join with the international community to tackle shared challenges such as climate change and COVID- 19; realize and defend the democratic values at the heart of the American way of life; expand economic prosperity and opportunity; and, protect the security of the American people.
Cultural exchange programs are crucial diplomatic tools that increase cross-cultural understanding and demonstrate shared values, creating space for discussions and dialogue between different countries and cultures. Even during the isolation of COVID, the Cultural Division worked with posts around the world to facilitate 438 virtual programs over the space of a year!
An example of how the cultural programs increase cross-cultural understanding would be, recently, through the Between the Lines program, nine high school alums from Pakistan, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and the U.S. created their own space for dialogue by developing an online literary magazine which garnered 300 submissions from 20 countries for their first issue.
For more information about the Arts and Cultural diplomacy programs please visit https://eca.state.gov/programs-and-initiatives/initiatives/cultural-diplomacy and follow @cultureatstate on Twitter.