chapter  15
14 Pages

How Good Are We? Culture and Jessica C.E. Gienow-Hecht

For the last few years it has become commonplace to preface a paper, book or workshop intertwining culture and diplomacy with a few general remarks on how the field has changed and how today intellectual, artistic, ideological, philosophical, and numerous other connections have expanded our understanding of what constitutes 'foreign relations'. The essays assembled in this section all provide first-class examples for this exciting and dynamic change. As they show, today the history of American foreign relations is characterized by an intense pluralism, an intense sensibility of the significance of cultural factors, and an increasing awareness that the state is only one out of many principal actors in the international arena.