IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(4): 394-397 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.487

Cultural Diplomacy in ASEAN: Collaborative Efforts

Ratih Indraswari Ma
Abstract—The new 21 st century has altered the political constellation amongst actor of international relations. Yet, one thing is certain that today’s world cannot be separated from diplomacy. Cultural diplomacy offers an alternative solution to address the complexity of international relations by employing culture as the foundation of soft power. Unlike the conventional diplomacy which depends on formal and official state actors, the modern concept of diplomacy allows room for participation from non-state actors. This paper tries to apply the modern concept of cultural diplomacy to a regional organization. It argued that cultural diplomacy will be a suitable tool for ASEAN in invigorating the passion towards a regional integration. Further descriptive analysis on the type of cultural diplomacy that takes place in ASEAN will be given using the three schools of thought by focusing on the role of state and non-state actors.

Index Terms—ASEAN, culture, diplomacy, soft power.

The author is with the Parahyangan Catholic University Bandung Indonesia (e-mail: indraswari.ratih@unpar.ac.id).

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Cite: Ratih Indraswari Ma, " Cultural Diplomacy in ASEAN: Collaborative Efforts," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 394-397, 2015.

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