Playing the game: The soft power politics of sport


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In just a couple of days, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will come to a close. Host nation Russia will bask in the afterglow of having successfully hosted one of the biggest sporting events on the planet. But how is the country wielding the soft power of sport and reframing its image on the world stage? In this Perspective interview, Richelle Harrison Plesse speaks to Carole Gomez, research fellow at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs, to explore the world of sports diplomacy.

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