The UK leads the world in soft power

News - 17 July, 2015

We reflect upon the UK’s position at the top of the Soft Power 30 index of global soft power, and look at our ongoing contributions to that success. The UK is the world leader in soft power, according to a new annual ranking of the strength of national soft power assets. The Soft Power 30, […]

Magna Carta, 800 years on

News - 15 June, 2015

Wilton Park reflects upon the legacy of Magna Carta in an international context on its 800th anniversary. Today marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, also known as “the Great Charter” and perhaps the most important constitutional document of the United Kingdom. Internationally, this document has profound significance with influence in jurisdictions beyond the sovereign […]

Maximising soft power assets: towards prosperity

News - 24 June, 2014

“Soft power is not only something that countries do outwardly, but is also a way of being internally” Maximising soft power assets: towards prosperity Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 May 2014 (WP1289) In May, we ran the roundtable meeting, Maximising soft power assets: towards prosperity, in association with the British Embassy in Mexico and the […]

FCO Emerging Powers Fund: bringing diversity to Wilton Park conferences

News - 4 June, 2014

With the help of the Emerging Powers (EP) Fund, we have drawn a huge range of speakers and participants from countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America to our conferences in 2013 and 2014. Critical to dialogue on The future of power: implications for global actors by 2040, funding to gather participants from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, […]

Persuasion and power – reviewing soft power in the UK

News - 7 April, 2014

A House of Lords Committee reports that the UK needs to exercise power differently to safeguard security and prosperity in the future. Maximising soft power assets Mon 19 – Wed 21 May 2014 (WP1289) The House of Lords Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence reported their findings on Friday 28 March. Soft power, […]

2013: a year in review

News - 20 January, 2014

  This timeline looks back at some of the major events that took place in 2013.   February On February 4th, we opened The future of Europe conference. The conference analysed how a geometrically variable EU will develop and discussed whether European unity can be preserved in an increasingly diversified EU. …………………………………………………………………………………………. March Held in […]

Wilton Park in 2014 – what does power mean in the modern world?

News - 17 January, 2014

We start the year by considering the future of power and the challenges of modern diplomacy and policy planning – a theme which continues throughout our conferences in the first part of the year. We began by looking at how power is defined in the world today, how this concept is changing, and who will […]

Soft power focus takes us to Brazil

News - 13 March, 2013

Brazilian Minister for Culture, Marta Suplicy, was the keynote speaker opening the round table in Sao Paulo. Her broad ranging speech covered the diversity of Brazilian culture,  her desire to increase the access to culture for ‘the people’, and the need to broaden awareness of Brazil beyond football and carnival. She acknowledged that Brazil has […]

China’s reform priorities stress ‘putting people first’

News - 9 January, 2013

Towards prosperity: implications and opportunities of the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China (WP1196) Sunday 16 – Tuesday 18 December 2012   Adela Gooch, Programme Director, Wilton Park writes: China’s key challenges – managing high growth; maintaining social cohesion; instigating radical reform and fielding the population’s growing expectations were debated at a conference […]

Putting the power into soft power

News - 3 November, 2011

At our recent soft power meeting participants had the opportunity to hear about cases of soft power in action. Specialist worked together to produce strategies for implementing soft power assets. Putting the power into soft power 12-14 October 2011 (WP1117) Practitioners, academics, communications experts and business people, all gathered to discuss the challenges of turning […]