Influence and soft power assets are crucial to UK and international responses to complex global challenges.
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The UK’s global future
As the UK prepares for life outside the EU its soft power resources matter more than ever and should form a backdrop to its efforts to negotiate Brexit - and trade deals with other nations.
The morning after
Brexit carries risks but also opportunities. Now more than ever the UK must pursue its destiny as an open, outward-looking country. Cultural relations can and should play a central role.
Soft power in 2016
The UK comes in 2nd in an annual survey of global soft powers. It must heed the latest developments if it is to remain one of the world’s leading influencers.
British Council annual lecture 2016
In the British Council Annual Lecture, Sir Ciarán Devane discusses the importance of cultural connections, and some of his predictions for the big issues of tomorrow.
Voices of dialogue: Talking to terrorists (and others)
A book of essays looks at the power of dialogue in times of insecurity and conflict and suggests that engagement has never been more important.
The power of fashion
London Fashion Week underlines the UK's strength in fashion. We look at what clothing does for the UK's influence and prosperity and the enduring links between fashion and soft power.
The soft power of Twitter
Social media is making mass global communication easier and cheaper. The latest analysis of big data from Twitter reveals the UK to be a net exporter of influence.
Churchill, culture and soft power
50 years after his death, a report examines the lessons that tomorrow's world leaders can learn from a statesman who understood the power of persuasion.
Playing the game: The soft power of sport
Following the summer’s Ashes triumph and with the UK hosting the Rugby World Cup, we look at how sport can help further the UK’s international influence.
How soft power can help meet international challenges
As the UK undertakes its Strategic Defence and Security Review we examine why soft power is more important than ever.