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Issues of Theory and Practice
. Tambov: Gramota, 2016. № 6. Part 2. P. 188-190.
SCIENTIFIC AREA:    Historical Sciences and Archeology
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Tsvetkova Natal'ya Aleksandrovna, Muzhikbaev Leonid Andreevich
Saint Petersburg University

Abstract. This article is devoted to sports diplomacy as a special phenomenon in international relations. By the example of Qatar policy in the field of sports in the 2000s the authors analyze the possibilities of sports diplomacy and come to the conclusion that sport can be used not only as one of the tools of the creation of the positive image of the state, but also allows implementing long term strategic interests related to the modernization of the country and national security.
Key words and phrases: спортивная дипломатия, "мягкая сила", публичная дипломатия, Ближний Восток, Катар, имидж государства, внешняя политика, дипломатия, sports diplomacy, "soft power", public diplomacy, Near East, Qatar, image of state, foreign policy, diplomacy
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