Cultural diplomacy costs a lot, results in few immediate returns and cannot be proven to work. So why invest in it?
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Topic 1: Debating cultural diplomacy
Selling America Abroad | Al Jazeera America
Topic 1.5: How does the U.S. losing its UNESCO vote affect its image?
Does it matter that the U.S. just lost its vote in UNESCO? | Washington Post, Caitlin Dewey
U.S. Loses Voting Rights at Unesco | New York Times, Alissa J. Rubin
Poverty Point State Historic Site | UNESCO World Heritage Centre
San Antonio Franciscan Missions | UNESCO World Heritage Centre
photo credit: University of Arkansas Libraries, Duke Ellington in Kabul, 1963