Asset 1

Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Number of Downlaods: 216

Published Date: Nov 30, 2020

China’s Cultural Diplomacy

A soft power is a power that establishes its foundations on three main pillars, i.e. culture, political values, and foreign policy. It is the culture of a state that attracts others and piques outsiders’ interest in the unique attributes offered by the society. It aims to direct and imitate by using attraction of intangible sources such as culture, national cohesion, ideology, and influence on international institutions (Nye 2002). One of the ways through which a state can highlight itself on the international stage is its association with its cultural traditions by following which it can establish and enhance its dialectical and historical legitimacy. This association not only allows the creation of a distinct identity in the international arena but also anchors the national identity. Cultural tradition is usually built through language and literature, religion and belief systems, myths and history, lifestyle, and so forth.

Domestic and international performances are imperative if a country desires to make its culture attractive to others; the concept of cultural power as a tool in international relations is not limited to coercion, it rather acts as a tool of persuasion by creating an environment where the attractiveness of ideas creates a desire to follow it (Nye 1990). The term can be viewed as an expansion and advancement of Carr’s (1954) thought of “power over opinion” and Lukes’ (1974) “third dimension of power,” the two of which illuminate on how the appeal of a country’s way of life, beliefs, approaches, instruction and tact enable it to convince different countries to eagerly embrace its objectives (Su-Yan 2013). While acquainting this idea with China, Wang Huning contends that culture isn’t as it were the establishment for setting strategies, yet in addition a capacity to impact people of different nations, which set the tone for this school of considerations.