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Sports Diplomacy as an Instrument of Foreign Policy and a Factor of „Soft Power”


Author: POPOV Anton
Degree:doctor of political Sciences
Speciality: 23.00.01 - Theory, Methodology and History of Political Sciences; Political Institutions and Processes
Year:2022
Scientific adviser: Valentin Beniuc
doctor habilitat, professor
Institution: Academy of Public Administration

Status

The thesis was presented on the 29 June, 2022 at the meeting of the Scientific Council and now it is under consideration of the National Council.

Abstract

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Thesis

CZU 327:796(043.3)=161.1

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157 pages


Keywords

sport, diplomacy, sport and politics, foreign policy, public diplomacy, sports diplomacy, "soft power", foreign policy instrument, ideological confrontation, security dilemma, national interest, Olympic Games, Olympic movement, big sport, sport functions

Summary

Sports Diplomacy as an Instrument of Foreign Policy and a Factor of „Soft Power”, PhD thesis in political science, Chisinau, 2022. PhD thesis structure: introduction, three chapters, each of which consists of three sections, general conclusions and recommendations, bibliography that consists of 324 works, 137 pages of the main text. Keywords: sport, diplomacy, sport and politics, foreign policy, public diplomacy, sports diplomacy, "soft power", foreign policy instrument, ideological confrontation, security dilemma, national interest, Olympic Games, Olympic movement, big sport, sport functions. Research area: political science. The purpose of the thesis: to reveal the role and importance of sports diplomacy, the mechanisms of its application in the implementation of the foreign policy of the state and the protection of its national interests, the formation of a positive image of the country in the international arena. Research objectives: to analyze scientific literature considering the dialectical relationship of sport, politics and diplomacy, as well as the development of political science discourse on sports diplomacy as a foreign policy instrument; to reveal and analyze theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of the dissertation research topic; explore the political and diplomatic potential of sport, in particular the theory and practice of the relationship between sport as a social phenomenon and politics; to study the phenomenon of the manifestation of sports diplomacy as an instrument of foreign policy and, in this regard, to systematically analyze the relationship between foreign policy, classical diplomacy, public diplomacy, sports diplomacy and "soft power"; consider sports diplomacy as a means of implementing "soft power" and preventing interstate conflicts; analyze Moldovan sports as a political and diplomatic tool for shaping the country's image in the international arena. The main scientific problem, which was solved within the framework of the research topic, considers sports diplomacy as an instrument of foreign policy and a factor of "soft power", in the context of ensuring the national interest and security of the state, forming a positive image of the country in the international arena. Scientific novelty and originality: this scientific study for the first time, in the Republic of Moldova, comprehensively, from a political point of view, analyzes the phenomenon of sports diplomacy as an instrument of foreign policy and an important factor of "soft power". Based on the analysis of many facts and socio-historical processes, the author demonstrates reasonably that big sport has always been involved by the state in its foreign policy as an effective tool of international relations and an effective means of forming its positive image on the world stage, as well as a certain space for its security, which formed, among other things, by the original purpose of the Olympic Games, later the world championships, designed to establish friendly relations between states. The originality of the research lies in the application of the theory of an interdisciplinary nature, as well as in the use of the basic theoretical approaches of the science of international relations, to the understanding and analysis of the subject of research. The theoretical significance of the dissertation lies in the development of a theoretical and methodological basis for the research topic, which, in our opinion, can be used as a reference point in the study of various manifestations of sports diplomacy. Applied value of the work consists in the conclusions developed by the author that have a certain value for politicians and managers engaged in the management of sports of great achievements, as well as for representatives of structures engaged in foreign policy. Implementation of scientific results: found their expression in 12 scientific publications as well as in scientific presentations, in the framework of national and international scientific conferences.