Soft Power and Sport Diplomacy


Please note: This page refers to an event that has already taken place.

Time: Monday, 04 November 2013 14:00-17:45
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo

​Sport can be used as tool of soft power both internationally and domestically. More particularly, peace-building and nation-building can be achieved through four mechanisms of sport diplomacy and soft power politics, including: image-building, building a platform for dialogue, trust-building, and reconciliation, integration, and anti-racism. These mechanisms are not deterministically controllable and can have unintended consequences. On the one hand, sporting events can be used as a means of building trust between adversaries. On the other, the hostilities between peoples can be mirrored on playing fields. This workshop examines the intended and unintended consequences of these mechanisms.


14:00-14:15: Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director PRIO (tbc)
Scott Gates (PRIO and NTNU)
SangHwan Lee (HUFS)
Woosang Kim (Yonsei University)

14:15-15:00: Soft Power and Home and Abroad: Sport Diplomacy, Politics, and Peacebuilding
Håvard Mokleiv Nygård (University of Oslo and PRIO)
Scott Gates (PRIO and NTNU)

15:00-15:15: Coffee Break

15:15-16:00: The International Politics of Sport
Thomas F. Carter (University of Brighton)

16:00-16:45: International Hostility and Aggressiveness on the Soccer Pitch
Raul Caruso (Catholic Univ. of the Sacred Heart, Milan)

16:45-17:00: Coffee Break

17:00-17:45: The Role of Soft Power in Peacebuilding
SangHwan Lee (HUFS)
Woosang Kim (Yonsei University)