Public Diplomacy in Croatia:Sharing NATO and EU Values with the Domestic Public

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
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  • 1 Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Zagreb, Croatia mladen.andrlic@mvep.hr Embassy of the Republic of Croatia, Jakarta, Indonesia ivatarle@gmail.com Embassy of the Republic of Croatia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia suzana.simichen@mvep.hr

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Summary

In a globalized world, with dynamic flows of information and communication, public diplomacy also supports internal understanding of international values and relations. The sharing of international standards, democratic changes and market reforms in Central, Eastern and South-East Europe has become more effective by communicating with the domestic public. This has also been experienced in Croatia, which has long been considered as one of the more advanced transition countries. Croatia’s strategic goal of becoming a functional market democracy has always been in line with NATO and EU values, although the costs and benefits of accession were, and still are, to be discussed both abroad and with the domestic public. Creating pluralistic, well-structured and institutionalized platforms for permanent public dialogue is a multifaceted activity that allows all segments of society to practise democracy. The lessons learned in Croatia confirm that a government — if and when it develops a domestic dialogue — not only gains public support for its foreign policy goals at home and abroad, but also becomes better articulated internationally.

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    Vrabec-Mojzeš, Public Diplomacy and Media, p. 99.

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    In 2010, the topic was anti-corruption. The lectures were organized by the MFAEI in cooperation with the Croatian Students’ Association at the Faculty of Economics. The event was opened by the President of the Republic, State Secretary for European Integration, and Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Croatia.

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    Nikola Jelić, ‘Fifty Most Common Questions Related to the EU’, Globus (weekly journal in Croatian), Zagreb, 15 February 2011.

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