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6. Toward Ethical Soft Power & Public Diplomacy with Naren Chitty
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Description: Countries, large and small, increasingly recognize the centrality of image and reputation in their foreign relations. Dr. Naren Chitty visited the USC Center on Public Diplomacy to discuss the challenges facing contemporary public diplomacy practices and the ethical use of soft power in building relations between nations and communities. About Naren Chitty Professor Naren Chitty is the director of the Soft Power Advocacy & Research Centre (SPARC) at Macquarie University, which is Australia’s first research center dedicated to public diplomacy. Chitty is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Communication. Before joining Macquarie, he held posts as a public diplomat in Washington, D.C., and a policy planner for Australian national television, among others. Chitty holds a Ph.D in International Relations and an MA in International Communication from the School of International Service at American University. He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2009 for his work in international communication education.

7. How the World Sees America with Richard Wike, Associate Director, Pew Global Attitudes Project
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Description: Has the global view of the United States improved in recent years? Do people around the world see the dominant superpower as a partner to their country? How do they perceive American culture, ideas, economic aid, and drone missile strikes? Is President Barack Obama still popular with many people around the world? Dr. Richard Wike discussed the latest global attitudes poll that were conducted in 38 countries on America's image abroad. About Richard Wike As associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, Richard Wike researches and writes about international public opinion on topics such as America’s global image, the Arab Spring, public opinion in China, Egypt, and predominantly Muslim nations. In addition to his work for Pew Global Attitudes, his work has appeared in Foreign Policy, BBC, CNN and other online and print publications. Wike received a doctorate in political science from Emory University. About Pew The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan “fact tank” in Washington, DC, that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The project provides to journalists, academics, policymakers and the public a unique, comprehensive, internationally comparable series of surveys. Since its inception in 2001, the Pew Global Attitudes Project has released numerous major reports, analyses, and other releases, on topics including attitudes toward the U.S. and American foreign policy, globalization, terrorism, and democracy. The Pew Global Attitudes Project team regularly consults with survey and policy experts, academic regional and economic experts, activists and policymakers. Their expertise provides tremendous guidance in shaping the surveys. Press USC Daily Trojan, Panelists analyze how the world sees the US America, September 11, 2013

8. The Origins of Celebrity Diplomacy with Ira Wagman
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Description: These days many celebrities are engaged in advocacy work, particularly having to do with global humanitarian issues. But who was the first such "celebrity-diplomat?" How has celebrity involvement changed the practice of diplomacy? Professor Ira Wagman of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada traced the origins of the phenomenon and offered a historical context for the efforts of today's A-list advocates. He also discussed the benefits and pitfalls of celebrity diplomacy. About Ira Wagman Professor Ira Wagman is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the School of Journalism and Communication and the Institute for the Comparative Study of Literature, Art, and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is a Research Associate of the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies, the Centre for Public History, and the Centre for European Studies, all also at Carleton. Wagman has held several fellowships and visiting appointments, including at SUNY-Plattsburgh and the University of Amsterdam. Wagman’s writings on Canadian media, cultural policy, digital media, public memory, and media history have been widely published. You can read some of them here. For more information about Professor Wagman, please click here. Please read more about the Center's Celebrity Diplomacy research project led by Professor Geoffrey Wiseman and watch the video from the workshop by following this link.

9. A Conversation with Kim Ghattas, author and BBC correspondent
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Description: The USC Center on Public Diplomacy and USC Annenberg School of Journalism were pleased to host a conversation with Kim Ghattas, the BBC’s State Department correspondent since 2008 and author of “The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power,” released in March 2013. After traveling across the world with Hillary Clinton during her tenure as Secretary of State, Ghattas provided a firsthand account of Clinton's diplomatic efforts. Ghattas' assessment drew on her years of journalistic experience, as well as her European/Middle Eastern background and her upbringing in Beirut. Before covering the State Department, Ghattas was a Middle East correspondent for the BBC and the Financial Times. To find out more about Kim Ghattas' book and her work for the BBC, please click here. You can follow Kim on Twitter at BBCKimGhattas or on Facebook at Kim Ghattas BBC.

10. Emerging from Crisis? Mexico’s Image and Presence in the World
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Description: The USC Center on Public Diplomacy, the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars (APDS) and Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico are pleased to co-sponsor an event, “Emerging from Crisis? Mexico’s Image and Presence in the World." This presentation topic coincides with the latest issue of the Mexican Magazine of Foreign Policy – Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior (RMPE), Vol. 96. Coordinated by cultural and public diplomacy expert Cesar Villanueva Rivas, this magazine issue features articles from well-known international specialists in the fields of public diplomacy, nation-branding and international relations including Nicholas J. Cull, Jan Melissen, Simon Anholt and Peter Landelius, as well as Mexican professionals Edgardo Bermejo, Jaime Díaz and Mónica Perez. Speakers Nicholas J. Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Masters Program in Public Diplomacy at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism Alejandro Pelayo Rangel, Cultural Attache at the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles Pamela K. Starr, Director, U.S.-Mexico Network and Associate Professor of Teaching at the USC School of International Relations and Master's of Public Diplomacy Program at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (moderator) Cesar Villanueva Rivas, Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana, Departamento de Estudios Internacionales At the April 15 event at the University of Southern California, speakers will discuss Mexico’s image and the challenges it faces in a global context. Specific topics include: --The implementation of innovative public diplomacy initiatives; --Nation-branding and cultural cosmopolitanism-oriented strategies as part of an overarching foreign policy; --How Mexico can cope with globally reproduced images portraying it as threatening or violent; --Opportunities for the new administration to engage in a dialogue about Mexico’s experience and future challenges for its public diplomacy To R.S.V.P for this event, please send a note to About Revista Mexicana de Politica Exterior The Mexican Magazine of Foreign Policy (Revista Mexicana de Política Exterior, RMPE) is a publication from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Matías Romero Institute, Mexico’s primary institution for preparing and training its diplomatic service. Since 1983, RMPE has been published quarterly, providing a forum for analyzing foreign policy and international relations issues with relevance to Mexico. RMPE is distinguished for collecting contributions from prominent foreign relations and diplomacy analysts, academics and national and foreign diplomats.

11. CPD in DC:  International Broadcasting in the Social Media Era Briefing
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Description: On April 1, 2013, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the Public Diplomacy Council hosted a briefing in Washington, D.C. as a follow-up to the March 1 conference at USC, “International Broadcasting in the Social Media Era.” At this event, participants continued the discussion on how broadcasting and social media will need to both compete and coexist. This event was geared for those who design and implement public diplomacy programs, as well as those in the media business. The ability to navigate this new media environment is crucial and invited panelists and guests raised ideas and concerns about this rapidly changing field. Panelists included: • Jill Dougherty, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CNN • Jim Laurie, Senior Consultant, China Central Television (CCTV-America) • Adam Clayton Powell III, Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy (Welcome and Introductions) • Philip Seib, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy (Moderator) • Bruce Sherman, Director, Director, Office of Strategy and Development, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) In addition to this briefing and the March 1st conference, the CPD International Broadcasting Initiative is looking at this topic through the lens of a traditional public diplomacy actor, the U.S. government (USG). It will analyze USG broadcasting and social media capabilities in the context of best practices developed by international broadcasting entities such as the BBC, CCTV, Al Jazeera, and others. For more information about CPD's International Broadcasting Initiative, please click here. More information about CPD's March 1 conference at USC on International Broadcasting can be found here.

12. CPD Research Fellow Roundtable with Michele Acuto and Sarah Ellen Graham
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Description: The USC Center on Public Diplomacy was pleased to welcome current Research Fellows, Michele Acuto and Sarah Ellen Graham for a round-table discussion about their current projects. Michele's research project, "The Diplomacy of Sustainability: Are Global Cities the New Climate Leaders?" and Sarah's project on U.S. Public Diplomacy and Indo-American Relations are just two examples of diverse public diplomacy research supported by CPD. About Michele Michele is a Research Fellow for the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities. He is also a CPD Fellow of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and a Contributing Editor for the Diplomatic Courier. He completed a PhD in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University (ANU), where he begun his research on the strategic role of global cities for global governance. He also taught sociology in the Faculty of Business & Government at the University of Canberra between 2008 and 2011, and was associated with the Milan Polytechnic’s Faculty of Architecture “Urban Hybridization” Project between 2009 and 2010. He held visiting positions at the National University of Singapore’s Global Cities Cluster and Asia Research Institute, as well as at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin. For more information about Michele's research project please click here. About Sarah Sarah Ellen Graham is a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, and was previously an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California. She was a postdoctoral fellow for 2007-8 at USC's Center for International Studies and the Center on Public Diplomacy. She has written a book on U.S. attitudes to public diplomacy in the 1918-1953 period and has published articles on U.S. public diplomacy in UNESCO (for which she was awarded the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations' Bernath Article Prize), on public diplomacy and the Indo-American relationship, and on Washington's prospects for effective track-two diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific. Her current project centers on the role of attitudes in the Indo-American diplomatic relationship from 1942 to the present, and while visiting the Center, Sarah intends to explore the public diplomacy aspects of this case in historical and contemporary contexts. Sarah also has an ongoing interest in International Relations theory, and hopes to engage in dialogue or workshops with the USC Master of Public Diplomacy program on the intersections between studies of public diplomacy and IR theory. For more information about Sarah's research project, please click here. To find out more about the CPD Research Fellow program please click here.

13. Private Sector Strategies for Diplomatic Success with Dr. Bernd Fischer
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Description: Dr. Bernd Fischer, German Consul General in Los Angeles, discussed an innovative program, spearheaded by the German government, that provides American youth from low-income backgrounds with training, associate degrees, and jobs for life in the U.S.-based German manufacturing plants. It offered an illustrative case of what the business community can do to enhance international understanding while improving the bottom line. About Dr. Bernd Fischer Bernd Fischer has been head of the German Consulate General in Los Angeles since July 2012. Fischer’s distinguished career began in the 1970s, when he was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Arizona and a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) fellow at the London School of Economics. Since earning his Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg, Fischer has served as German Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia and at the embassies in Washington, Tokyo, and New York. As Consul General in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah, he seeks to foster and deepen German-American relations.

14. APDS Conference:  Public Diplomacy at the Front Lines
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Description: The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is pleased to co-sponsor the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars (APDS) annual conference on the new and traditional frontlines of public diplomacy. Conference Schedule 8:45AM–9:00 AM - Welcome & Introductory Remarks • Nicholas J. Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy and Director of the Master's of Public Diplomacy Program, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism 9:00 AM-9:30 AM - Morning Keynote • David Ensor, Director of Voice of America 9:30 AM-11:00 AM - Panel 1: The New Frontlines of Public Diplomacy: Public Diplomacy’s Domestic Dimensions Public diplomacy in the traditional sense has historically been focused on influencing and engaging with foreign audiences. Yet the home audience has always been important to a nation’s public diplomacy efforts, ever more so as communications technologies make national borders less and less impermeable. Practitioners of public diplomacy must consider the advantages and disadvantages of diverse and often times, conflicting interests of home and foreign audiences in their practice. Panelists • Nicholas J. Cull, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (chair) • Pamela Starr, Associate Professor of International Relations, USC • Zhou Xinyu, Research Fellow, Center for Public Diplomacy Studies, Beijing Foreign Studies University • R. S. Zaharna, Associate Professor, American University 11:00 AM-12:30 PM - Panel 2: Public Diplomacy in Conflict Zones: PD at the Frontlines Public diplomacy has been described as a vitamin, which can help to address tensions before they bubble into wider conflict. Yet even where conflicts arise, there is much that public diplomacy can do to foster engagement between conflicting parties and set the grounds for peace. Governments and diplomatic agents must consider a wide range of public diplomacy tools and strategies to effectively mediate and resolve such different shades of conflict. Panelists •

15. 2013 CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy
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Description: The year 2013 marks the eighth annual Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy. This innovative, collaborative two-week training program run by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School allows professionals to immerse themselves in the increasingly critical study of public diplomacy. The Summer Institute is designed to equip mid-career practitioners with tools to better understand the role of public diplomacy, analyze the impact of new communication technologies and employ innovative approaches for improving the image and impact of their country or organization in the world. This intensive two-week course is taught by some of the world’s most distinguished public diplomacy experts and covers traditional areas of cultural diplomacy, international exchanges, and advocacy to the most current topics in the field such as digital diplomacy, ideology, diasporas and nation/place branding. In addition to the foundational academic theories of public diplomacy, the 2013 Summer Institute includes special courses on crisis communication, regional issues in public diplomacy, corporate social responsibility, evaluation, and non-state actors. Graduates receive an invaluable two weeks of instruction and collaboration with their peers from around the world. Please click here to submit your application. For more information on the program for the Summer Institute, please click here. To view a list of faculty and course offerings, please click here. Additional questions can be emailed to .

16. Public Diplomacy of the Americas
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Description: The USC Center on Public Diplomacy was pleased to co-sponsor the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars (APDS) 2013 annual conference on public diplomacy in the Americas. The APDS Conference is an entirely student-run event that seeks to engage students, the public, scholars, and practitioners in a discussion regarding relevant and urgent issues in the field of public diplomacy. This year’s conference theme “Public Diplomacy in the Americas” was divided into three panels: Cultural Diplomacy, The Diplomacy of Trade and Investment, and Broadcasting and Digital Diplomacy. Conference Agenda Conference Registration Welcome • Nicholas J. Cull, Director, Master's of Public Diplomacy Program, Professor of Public Diplomacy, USC Panel 1: Cultural Diplomacy • Nicholas J. Cull, Panel Chair, Director, Master's of Public Diplomacy Program, Professor of Public Diplomacy, USC • Victor Grimaldo, CEO & Founder, Viva Panama and Artistic Director, Ballet Folkorico • Jorge Conde, Director of International Relations, CECUT, • Chef Guillermo Campo, Director of International Relations and Professional Chef • Caroline Bennett, Communications Director, Amazon Watch Panel 2 - Diplomacy of Trade & Investment • Pamela Starr, Panel Chair, Director of the US-Mexico Network @ USC, and Associate Professor in Public Diplomacy and the School of International Relations, USC • Elizabeth Bahamondes, Marketing Manager, ProChile • Juan Carlos Briseno, Trade and Investment Commissioner, ProMexico Lunch Keynote: "Social Media's Impact on Bilateral Relations Between the U.S. and Mexico" • Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States and Chairman, GlobalSolutions • Pamela Starr, Moderator, Director of the US-Mexico Network @ USC, and Associate Professor in Public Diplomacy and the School of International Relations, USC Broadcasting & Digital Diplomacy • Philip Seib, Panel Chair, Professor of Journalism, Public Diplomacy, and International Relations, USC • Ira Wagman, Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Public Diplomacy and Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Carleton University • Mauricio Mota, CEO, The Alchemists Transmedia Storytelling • Frank H. Cruz, President, Cruz & Associates; Co-Founder of Telemundo Roundtable Discussion • Nicholas J. Cull, Moderator, Director, Master's of Public Diplomacy Program, Professor of Public Diplomacy, USC • Sylvia Ugalde, Consul General of Costa Rica in Los Angeles Closing Remarks Questions or Comments: Please contact APDS directly at apds@usc.edu.

17. EU’s Diplomatic Strategies and Challenges: An Emerging Southern Mediterranean
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Description: Michael Reinprecht is European Visiting Fellow at USC School of International Relations for the 2013-2014 academic year. In this conversation with CPD, he will share his experiences as the Head of the Middle East Department in the European Parliament (EP). Reinprecht will discuss the EP’s recent activities in this emerging region and the role of the 750-Members-strong Parliament in its interaction with the EU’s public diplomacy arm, the European External Action Service. Join us for this discussion on the European Parliament’s concrete parliamentary and public diplomacy efforts in the southern Mediterranean region. About Michael Reinprecht Michael Reinprecht is an EU-official (European Parliament) and former Austrian Diplomat. He was selected for the EU-Fellowship Programme 2013/14. His research interest focus on the Impact of the European Parliament’s Reaction to the Arab Spring. International relations, public and parliamentary diplomacy as well as political communications has always been at the center of Mr.Reinprecht’s professional activities.His most recent position (since March 2007) is as the Head of the European Parliament’s Middle East Department. Previous posts have included Director of the Information Office of the European Parliament in Austria and Press Officer during Austria’s EU-Membership negotiations at the Austrian EU-Mission in Brussels. Mr. Reinprecht holds a Master degree (Modern History and French Literature at the University of Vienna) and has followed a two-years-post-graduate Programme at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. He speaks fluently English and French. He has been a lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, the Innsbruck University, the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies in Malta and publishes op-ed’s in various Austrian newspapers. Refreshments will be served. In order for us to get an accurate head-count for this event, you must register in advance to attend. Parking is available on campus for $10.00 per day. The closest parking structure is located at USC Gate 3, Parking Structure X.

18. John Maxwell Hamilton - Journalism’s Roving Eye
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Description: The USC Center on Public Diplomacy and ASC School of Journalism were pleased to host a discussion with journalist John Maxwell Hamilton upon the publication of his new book, Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting. This conversation was moderated by Philip Seib, Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and Geneva Overholser, Director of the School of Journalism. About John Hamilton John Maxwell Hamilton is the Hopkins P. Breazeale Louisiana State University Foundation Professor and Dean at LSU. He has been a prize-winning journalist and public servant for over two decades. Hamilton reported abroad for ABC Radio and the Christian Science Monitor,among other media, and was a longtime national commentator on public radio's MarketPlace. Hamilton has served in the U.S. Agency for International Development during the Carter Administration, on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and at the World Bank. He was the first to explore systematic ways to improve local coverage of foreign affairs and has played a leading role in shaping public opinion about U.S.-Third World relations, according to the National Journal. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, and Lamar Advertising Corp., a NASDQ 100 company. He has chaired the Knight International Press Fellowships Advisory Committee and has been a juror for the Pulitzer Prize and Scripps Howard Awards. In the fall of 2000 he was a fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. The Freedom Forum named him the 2003 Journalism Administrator of the Year.

19. Covering the Caucasus:  The Media and Post-Soviet Conflicts with Thomas de Waal
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Description: The USC Center on Public Diplomacy and the USC Dornsife School of International Relations is pleased to host Thomas de Waal. This event will be moderated by School of International Relations Director, Robert English. Mr. de Waal is a veteran journalist, media analyst, and author. He is the author of several books (most recently, The Caucasus--Oxford University Press, 2011), and brings unparalleled insight into the causes of conflict, their prospects for resolution, and their perception by local, regional, and international actors. Mr. de Waal, a former Moscow correspondent, is currently a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in Washington, DC. Thomas de Waal earned his BA at Balliol College, Oxford University. During the 1990s he was Moscow correspondent for the Times of London and The Economist, and has also been a reporter and documentary-maker with the BBC. De Waal has authored (or co-authored) books on Chechnya, on Armenia and Karabakh, and most recently on the entire Caucasus region. He was a senior analyst at the Institute of War and Peace Reporting before joining the Carnegie Endowment. Click here for more information.

20. From Buddha to Bollywood: India’s Soft Power with Daya Kishan Thussu
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Description: Join CPD for a conversation with global communications scholar Daya Kishan Thussu, whose most recent work is Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood. Thussu’s book considers India’s global cultural influence, within the context of India’s unique history. About Daya Kishan Thussu Daya Kishan Thussu is Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of India Media Centre at the University of Westminister. Previous publications include News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment, Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-Flow, and International Communication: Continuity and Change, among many others. Thussu is the founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication and editor of the Routledge book series “Internationalizing Media Studies.” Thussu holds a PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

21. On the Frontlines of Public Diplomacy:  A View from a Foreign Service Officer
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Description: FSO John Connerley will share his thoughts on the practice of public diplomacy and what it may look like over the next five years. As the current CPD Senior Visiting Fellow for Public Diplomacy, a position sponsored in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, John will draw on his deep experience to discuss public diplomacy as a career, as well as the class he is teaching this semester at USC on public diplomacy and the BRIC countries. Join us for this discussion on the craft of public diplomacy and learn about the latest developments. About John Connerley John Connerley joins CPD following a one-year assignment as Senior Director for Interagency Rule of Law at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. During his 27-year career with the Foreign Service, John has served in Public Diplomacy positions as Counselor for Public Affairs in Caracas; Director of the Office of English Language Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Washington, DC; Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer in Moscow; and Public Affairs Officer in Belize City. He is the recipient of numerous citations, including three Superior Honor Awards. John has also taken political and consular assignments in Mexico, Portugal and Brazil. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the current rank of Counselor. Read more . . . To read more about the Center's scholars, please click here.

22. U.S.-Mexico Public Diplomacy: A Conversation with Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan
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Description: Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico's former Ambassador to the United States, will be in residence as the 2013-14 CPD Distinguished Fellow. He spoke about a history of perceptions and realities in the Mexico-US relationship, and the implications for public diplomacy engagement. About Ambassador Sarukhan Ambassador Sarukhan is Chairman of Global Solutions/A Podesta Company, a strategic consulting firm in Washington. A career diplomat, Ambassador Sarukhan served for 20 years in the Mexican Foreign Service and most recently served as Mexican Ambassador to the United States from 2007 to 2013. Previous positions included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, Chief of Policy Planning at the Foreign Ministry and Mexican Consul-General to New York City. Read more . . .

23. U.S. Public Diplomacy: A Conversation with Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for ECA
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Description: Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan brought decades of experience in communications, public engagement, and cultural exchange to this CPD Conversation in Public Diplomacy. Assistant Secretary Ryan discussed the role of public diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy and national security, as well as the importance of people-to-people exchanges in building more secure, democratic, and prosperous societies. Follow Assistant Secretary Ryan on Twitter - @ECA_AS About Evan Ryan On September 26, 2013, Evan Ryan assumed her position as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In this capacity, she oversees a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, youth, and sports exchange programs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and promote peaceful relations. From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Ryan served in the White House as Assistant to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. Previously, she served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Biden for President Campaign and was a Consultant for the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. Assistant Secretary Ryan, a Virginia native, holds a B.A. from Boston College and an M.I.P.P. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

24. The Road to Sochi: Sports, Diplomacy and the Media
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Description: The Spring 2014 CPD-Journalism Forum examined the intersection of sports, journalism and international relations, as Russia plays host to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (February 7-23). Panelists: Derek Shearer, former ambassador to Finland; Stuart Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College Alan Abrahamson, award-winning sportswriter; lecturer at USC Annenberg School of Journalism; will be covering the Sochi Games, his seventh Olympics Daniel Durbin, director of the Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media and Society at USC (moderator)

25. Rediscovering the Cyrus Cylinder: The Making of a Cultural Icon with Timothy Potts
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Description: The Cyrus Cylinder, a 2,500-year-old object discovered in ancient Babylon, is considered by many to be the first declaration of human rights. This unique artifact, part of the British Museum collection, continues to excite the imagination of different peoples from around the world. CPD hosted a fascinating panel discussion, featuring Dr. Timothy Potts and USC Professors Nicholas J. Cull and Jay Wang, on the enduring significance of the iconic object and the vital role of cultural institutions in facilitating global dialogue. The USC Center on Public Diplomacy has been tracking media coverage of the Cyrus Cylinder tour (click here), and will continue to do so for the tour’s duration from October 2 to December 2, 2013. This event was part of the William H. Luers Lecture Series on Iran and Public Diplomacy. To find out more about the full exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum, please follow this link. About Dr. Timothy Potts Dr. Timothy Potts is the director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. A native of Sydney, Australia, Potts earned a DPhil in Near Eastern art and archaeology from the University of Oxford. Before coming to Los Angeles, Potts was the Director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas from 1998 to 2007 and the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England from 2007 to 2012. For more information and resources on the Cyrus Cylinder, please refer to the following links: Media Coverage • USC in the News, "Persian Artifact Serves as Enduring Symbol for Tolerance" • Annenberg TV News • Interview with John Curtis, Keeper of the Middle East Collections at the British Museum • CPD’S log of the cylinder’s U.S. tour media coverage • PDiN feature article: The Cyrus Cylinder Tour of the U.S.: Culture Transcending Politics Related Links • Neil MacGregor TED Talk video • The full exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum