The Strengths and Limitations of Soccer Diplomacy

Public diplomacy practitioners often utilize the popularity and universal appeal of sports diplomacy. Soccer is often the vehicle for practicing diplomacy. This week, PD News highlights the power of sports diplomacy to affect state to state relations as with the Palestinian bid to expel Israel from the FIFA World Cup. The United States harnesses soccer diplomacy to strengthen ties with Cuba. Lastly, PD News shows the limitations of sports diplomacy vis-à-vis a state's legitimacy and transparency struggles. 

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