Society and Culture

The Paradox of Carnaval: Afro-Brazilian Contributions to a National Celebration

February is Black History Month in the United States: a time to celebrate and contemplate the sacrifices and triumphs of members of the African American community in the struggle for civil rights. But the United States is not alone in celebrating its African heritage this month. On February 9, Brazilians began the annual celebration known as Carnaval.

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: Brazil’s National Identity from Past to Future

From Iguaçu to the edges of the Amazon and through the centers of power in Brasília and São Paulo, see this vast country anew and learn from Brazilian voices why its people see a bright future amidst challengesincluding those that come across its borders.

 

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.

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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.

 

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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

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