Cultural Dimensions in the foreign policy of East Asian countries
Panel organised by: Nikolay Samoylov, Mariia Malashevskaia (St. Petersburg State University)
Cultural dimensions and identities cannot but affect the behavior of East Asian nations in the spheres of international relations as well as their inter-cultural communication on the civil level (both in history and today). Very often they directly influence the way the models of communication between states and peoples are formed. For East Asian countries, developing the interstate dialogue that exerts direct influence on the deepening of mutual understanding and mutual acceptance has become an urgent necessity. Diversification of cultural dimensions, in fact, can be both the sources of conflicts and the sources of cooperation.
Cultural heritage and fragments of historical memory can often shape the foreign policy of states. Sometimes, however, cultural heritage and historical memory of nations are used by politicians deliberately and can be artificially constructed. We find examples illustrating this both in the history of East and South-East Asia of the second half of the 20th century, and today.
Synergy between cultural and historical heritage of East Asian countries and their foreign policy is to be discussed during the work of the panel. In this case, the „“human dimension““ or the behavior of representatives of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Mongolian and other regional cultures in the process of forming a dialogue in a certain historical epoch allows to examine substantially the existing models of interaction in East Asia. Using the positive historical background in cultural diplomacy and in public diplomacy is also of serious interest for the presentation at the panel. Another significant issue for discussions can be found in the problem of “cultural imperialism” in East Asia.
These issues are deemed interesting for leading scholars and young experts on Asia alike.