Jordan/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

There are no Jordanian cultural centres abroad but there are cultural attachés in the embassies deployed in various countries. The Culture Care Act has approved the appointment of educated cultural attachés. However, it has not been enforced; administrators in the ministry were appointed, and the intellectuals were ignored.

In fact, Jordan, like other countries in the region, has no cultural diplomacy bodies. These countries tend to be receptive to foreign cultures which are active in their land. Jordan, as we mentioned above, tends to activate cultural weeks on a bilateral basis, rather than maintain a permanent centres acting in the countries that Jordan has signed agreements with; in order to reduce financing costs.

However, these activities exercised by the Ministry of Culture outside the Kingdom have not served to introduce the Jordanian intellectuals to other cultures.

The Intelligentsia Centre for Research and Studies conducted a study entitled "Views of Jordanian intellectuals on the reality and the future of cultural acts in Jordan" in a sample that included writers, intellectuals, artists, plastic artists, journalists, representatives of cultural bodies, professors and intellectuals from outside cultural bodies and institutions. They were asked about the role of the Ministry of Culture in disseminating Jordanian culture abroad. 9.1% of respondents believed that the Ministry had successfully performed this role, while 53.7% replied that it had not. 

Chapter published: 04-05-2016