Jamala’s Triumph at Eurovision Reminds Ukraine to Take Cultural Diplomacy Seriously

The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest has energized Ukrainians, whose spirits had been low due to “Ukraine fatigue,” continuous political feuds, and lack of reforms. Jamala’s win and her powerful song about persecution and the abuse of Crimean Tatars has filled our hearts with pride and solidarity. It also reminds us that culture is a powerful instrument for building trust, understanding, and peace.Last month in Brussels, speaking at the European Culture Forum, the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said Europe should put culture at the core of its external relations. Lamenting that “some” global and …read more

Source: Atlantic Council

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