Overview: Offered by the EMUNI in partnership with the ICD, the program will combine the traditional academic components of International Relations with a concentration on Euro-Mediterranean Studies and a focus on the role of soft power and cultural diplomacy in contemporary global affairs.
The Key Objectives of the program are:
• To provide students with an in depth understanding of the theory and practice of international relations within the contemporary interdependent world placing a particular emphasis on cultural diplomacy within this framework
• To educate students about cultural diplomacy within the context of the political, economic and cultural pillars upon which sustainable international relations are based.
• To analyze soft power and hard power strategies within the international relations discourse in the recognition that each element is mutually important and compatible in what Prof. Joseph Nye has characterized as “smart power.”
• Since the Euro-Mediterranean is one of the most vibrant when it comes to both the need for cultural diplomacy and the application of cultural diplomacy, by focusing on this region, students will gain a valuable education that is transferable to any international context their future careers might take them. A comprehensive understanding of the theory, history and practice of Euro-Mediterranean Studies within the international relations field will lead to proper understanding and application of cultural diplomacy in both the Euro-Mediterranean context as well as in the global arena.
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