AbstractsPolitical Science

Global Health Diplomacy: Cuba's Soft Power Foreign Policy

by Christina Kelly

Institution: Leiden University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Global Health Diplomacy; Soft Power; Cuba
Record ID: 1252914
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/32228


Global Health Diplomacy is essentially the relationship between global health and foreign policy in terms of International Relations theory. Health has not typically been at the fore front of world politics, but this is rapidly changing due the emerging importance of soft power foreign policy. Joseph Nye tells us that soft power is produced through values, institutions, attraction and culture and in contrast to this; hard power is essentially defined by the use of military power and economic resources. Many small or medium sized countries will never be able to match the hard power capabilities of the likes of the United States or China but they can utilise their soft power potential in a variety of ways. This thesis intends to assess one; Global Health Diplomacy.