Cultural DiplomacySince 2006, HDI has partnered with prominent entertainers to organize musical performances, lectures and master classes in over a dozen challenging locations including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Albania, Vietnam and Laos. Special emphasis is placed on reaching disenfranchised audiences in non-traditional venues such as war zones, prisons, and rehabilitation centers. HDI’s cultural diplomacy activities increase international understanding of American culture and values by increasing people-to-people contacts. HDI has recently embarked on a new area of cultural diplomacy programming: Sports Diplomacy. Through this new initiative, HDI plans to send professional athletes, coaches and trainers to Europe, Asia and other continents. To learn more about the growing importance of Sports Diplomacy, please see "A Blackened Eye to a Rising Area of Diplomacy" by Omari Faulkner.
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