Uncertain Embrace: The Rise and Fall of Canadian Studies Abroad as a Tool of Foreign Policy

  • Stephen BrooksEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy book series (GPD)


The period since World War II has seen a dramatic increase in both country and regional studies across the world, and also in governments’ support of such studies and other forms of cultural diplomacy prompted by the belief that these soft power tools will promote their national interests and values. This chapter examines the causes within countries that contribute to the emergence and institutionalization of country or regional studies, including the differences between open and democratic societies in these factors. It then focuses on the factors that lead governments to support and promote the study of their country in other parts of the world. Particular stress is placed on the examples of the UK, France, the US, and China. The final section of the chapter examines the putative benefits that have derived from countries’ investments in this form of soft power. The chapter concludes that there is no guarantee that a government’s efforts to improve its country’s standing in other countries or regions of the world through support for the study of its country abroad will be successful and, moreover, that some of the premises that underlie the argument for such efforts warrant closer scrutiny.


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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

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