Diplomacy, International Relations Watch Now: Hard Beats and Soft Power: Music in International Diplomacy

April 21, 2021
By Perry World House

Music can help topple regimes, promote international cooperation, or bridge cultural divides, but its strength as a diplomatic tool has not received its due attention in global policy circles. This event explored how music shapes international relations, how countries instrumentalize their musicians as part of their cultural diplomacy, and how music can promote greater international understanding.

As part of Global Lens, Perry World House's cultural affairs program, we hosted a conversation on these issues with Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, former Deputy Secretary General of NATO, and drummer for the rock band Coalition of the Willing; Ambassador András Simonyi, distinguished Hungarian diplomat and guitarist for Coalition of the Willing; and Lolita Jackson, the former climate diplomat for New York City and a jazz singer.

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