Cultural diplomacy contributes to creating a foundation of trust between states and helps to reach political, economic and military agreements. It highlights the values of culture and creates relations of emotional closeness with foreign peoples, which go beyond the changes of governments. But what distinguishes it from traditional diplomacy is that it can persuade and influence citizens of other states through the arts and sciences, language and religion, which can not be achieved through traditional diplomatic functions. Cultural diplomacy is an aspect of diplomacy that has so far not been used adequately in building better diplomatic relations between states and although it could serve as a bridge connecting states by improving relations between them, it has been underestimated and in many cases neglected.
Peter D. Kapsaskis