Citizen Diplomacy

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Citizen Diplomacy[edit]

The phrase “citizen diplomacy” was first coined by American documentary filmmaker, David Hoffman, in 1981. It is based on the idea that average citizens have the right or even the responsibility to promote their country in a positive light,as well as contribute to the development of a cohesive global community. Citizen diplomats can include students, teachers, artists, professionals, sportsmen, travellers, and volunteers. These individuals engage in an unofficial capacity, and access indirect channels of influence to facilitate cross-cultural understanding and build bridges between peoples and societies.

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