—The new 21
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.
—ASEAN, culture, diplomacy, soft power.
The author is with the Parahyangan Catholic University Bandung
Indonesia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.