Earth above the lunar surface
March 2021

Global Britain in a competitive age

Alistair MacDonald, Senior Policy Advisor at the British Council considers the implications of the Integrated Review for the UK’s soft power.

  • Economy and prosperity
  • Peace and security
  • Soft power
  • United Kingdom
  • Insight article
A school girl in India smiling and standing below a 'welcome' sign
March 2021

India’s new National Education Policy: unlimited opportunities

Insight explores the key opportunities that India’s new NEP presents for the UK across k-12 and tertiary education ecosystems.

  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Technical and Vocational Education
  • Girls' education
  • South Asia and Asia Pacific
  • Insight article
An image of colourful glass from the UK-Italy season in 2020
February 2021

Being present: the role of culture in future UK-Italy bilateral priorities

As the UK embarks on a new chapter in its relationship with Italy, Rachel Launay Director Italy and Jill Morris British Ambassador to Italy and San Marino discuss future bilateral priorities

  • Arts and culture
  • Cultural relations
  • Digital and technology
  • Soft power
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • United Kingdom
  • Insight article
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

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