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Promoting Scotland, diplomacy and influence through sport

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    Rights statement: This article has been accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in the journal Scottish Affairs (vol 26, no 1), http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/10.3366/scot.2017.0161

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number1
Early online date31 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017


Sport is being used by a number of countries to raise profile, and create influence. Sports diplomacy has an increasing presence in terms of theory, practice and evidence within international relations. Sports diplomacy may occur both within sport and through sport. The channels through which this is facilitated are complex. Scotland has much to learn from places such as Australia that have put in place a dedicated four-year sports diplomacy strategy. The article sets out to answer key questions and doing so suggests that Scottish sport is capable of making the art of the possible, possible, but that Scotland has yet to grasp the opportunities provided by sport’s global currency. The article concludes by making six recommendations.

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  • sport, diplomacy, influence, international relations, cultural relations

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