“Cultural identity is a broader issue than the tanks one”: director of the NISS Oleksandr Lytvynenko took part in the International Cultural Diplomacy Forum

Director of the NISS Oleksandr Lytvynenko took part in the International Cultural Diplomacy Forum, organized by the Ukrainian Institute in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (MFA).

Cultural diplomacy, image of states and national security were the issues discussed on the third panel of the International Cultural Diplomacy Forum.

Dr. Vivian S. Walker, Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy at the U.S. State Department:

The national security and prosperity depend on capability of the state to transmit its legitimacy into the global information space. The only problem is that everyone in the media has the right to judge and evaluate. The wrong perception or misunderstanding become a threat to national security”.

Sergiy Kyslytsya, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:

There are no problems with the recognizability of Ukraine in the UN. The problem lies in the toxic character of suchlike recognizability, as it is related to a great extent with aggression, military operations, occupation and violation of human rights. Our task is to ensure that this recognizability tends to positive associations with Ukraine. I am one of those diplomats who are convinced that there is a direct link between culture in terms of human rights and security.”

Emine Dzheppar, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine:

Effective strategic communications are inherent in adult societies, which have a different culture of relationships between actors, the ability to work cooperatively. I suppose that both our state and our society are currently only in the process of acquiring such features. There is a developing of powerful civil society in Ukraine now, inter alia, an emergence of a practice of communications inclusiveness. Eventually, we will come to a one-vote policy among all the players involved in public diplomacy”.

Oleksandr Lytvynenko, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, Doctor of Political Science, Professor:

Cultural identity is a broader issue than the tanks one. We all function in the environment, formed by culture. The culture demonstrates what the basis of our identity is and what our attractiveness to the world is. Let’s consider the concept of cultural diplomacy in a broader sense than as a tool for national security. It will surely protect national interests. However, let’s talk not only about protection, but also about promotion, cultural expansion”.

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Міжнародний форум культурної дипломатії
The International Cultural Diplomacy Forum