Society and Culture

Public Diplomacy and the Evolution of US-Japan Relations

Wariness of political correctness and distrust of intellectuals has led to the proliferation of “post-truth” or “fake news”. That has made it more difficult to distinguish between the role of public diplomacy and outright propaganda. How the United States leverages its soft power could define Washington’s relations with key allies worldwide, including Japan. Join us for a discussion on the outlook for public diplomacy between Japan and the United States, and the challenges of political communications amid rapidly changing perspectives on national identity.

Film Screening: Fronteira da Grandeza

Urban violence and corruption scandals involving major business companies and political parties, while widely reported, are only some of the complex challenges Brazil faces as it looks to a more prosperous future. Brazil has long been proud of its history of cordial relations with its neighbors. The openness of Brazil’s vast border—at over 10,000 miles long, the country has the third longest land border in the world—has resulted in a cultural melting pot and enriched the lives of millions.

Project Seeks a New Generation of Politicians from Rio’s Favelas

In 20 years, do you see yourself being mayor of Rio de Janeiro?

Can Soft Power Be Measured?

Can a nation’s soft power be measured? How do things like clothing, food, movies & TV, values, education, and religion effect a nation’s ability to extend its influence beyond its borders? We asked Irene Wu, a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and Asia Program, to explain her efforts to quantify soft power in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Is the Chinese Communist Party's Overseas Influence Growing?

Is China’s “soft-power” cultural and economic influence growing in the United States and in the West? We asked the Kissinger Institute’s Robert Daly to explain Beijing's increasing international clout in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



Is There a Common Baltic Cultural Identity?

Is there a common Baltic cultural identity? How have Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania dealt with integrating Russian-speaking communities within their societies? And what role do youth groups and education play in these initiatives? We spoke with the Kennan Institute’s Title VIII Research Scholar Indra Ekmanis about her efforts to identify and understand cultural identity in the region. That’s the focus for this episode of Wilson Center NOW


Ukraine’s Quest for Identity: Embracing Cultural Hybridity in Literary Imagination, 1991-2011

Ukraine's Quest for Identity: Embracing Cultural Hybridity in Literary Imagination, 1991–2011 is the first study that looks at the literary process in post-independence Ukraine comprehensively and attempts to draw the connection between literary production and identity construction. In its quest for identity Ukraine has followed a path similar to other postcolonial societies, the main characteristics of which include a slow transition, hybridity, and identities negotiated on the center-periphery axis.