For Foodie Diplomacy

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Judging by the name of this blog, I’ve obviously chosen a side in the debate (a still-nascent debate, really – you probably didn’t even know it existed) about whether food can really be used as a tool of diplomacy. The … Continued


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Costas Constantinou, a professor of diplomacy at the University of Cyprus, wrote the following in 1996: “Even though the importance of gastronomy is well registered in diplomatic practice, it is nonetheless conventionally approached as a dignified, not an effective, aspect … Continued

Conflict Culinary Diplomacy

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One of my favorite examples of culinary diplomacy (or more precisely: public culinary diplomacy) is the Conflict Kitchen, a take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh. The catch here is that Conflict Kitchen only serves food from countries with which the United States … Continued

Culinary Diplomacy

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I define ‘Culinary Diplomacy’ as: “The use of food and cuisine as an instrument to create a cross-cultural understanding in the hopes of improving interactions and cooperation.” It remains a working definition, but it’s the best we’ve got right now. … Continued

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