Image of performers at the 2018 premier of the opera 'Gaz'
February 2021

Embracing change: how culture is helping drive Ukraine’s transition

Insight looks at the new Chatham House report on the remarkable changes in Ukraine’s cultural sector of recent years and useful lessons for other countries undergoing reform and transition.

  • Arts and culture
  • Cultural relations
  • Soft power
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Insight article
An image of the striking architecture of the British Council Library in New Delhi
February 2021

Soft power and cultural relations in a time of crisis

How do leading countries soft power approaches differ and what seems to work best? This report examines the institutional landscape and global presence of different international bodies.

  • Cultural relations
  • Soft power
  • United Kingdom
  • Multiple regions
  • Research report
Artist interpretation of hands in multiple colours against a colourful background
December 2020

The power of experience and shared values

Our outgoing chief executive Sir Ciarán Devane reflects on the role of cultural relations in strengthening trust and co-operation in a changing world.

  • Cultural relations
  • Soft power
  • Trust and dialogue
  • Insight article
Ancient Chinese door in Suzhou, China
November 2020

A new era: towards a soft power strategy for the UK in China

As it reconfigures its engagement with China, the UK has an opportunity to harness the soft power it enjoys with Chinese people. Matt Burney talks to China expert Rana Mitter.

  • Cultural relations
  • Soft power
  • South Asia and Asia Pacific
  • United Kingdom
  • Insight article
Young woman smiling
November 2020

Next Generation Nigeria

Next Generation Nigeria explores the attitudes, aspirations and needs of young people across Nigeria.

  • Youth voices
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Research report
  • Research series

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