Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
The Walter Roberts Endowment
IPDGC operates in large part on the generosity of one man, Dr. Walter A. Roberts. Roberts is a foreign policy consultant and a former Foreign Service officer who began his public diplomacy career with the Voice of America and retired as associate director of the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), then USIA's top career position. He was appointed by President George H.W. Bush and reappointed by President Bill Clinton to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. He taught public diplomacy for 10 years at GW's Elliott School of International Affairs. Roberts is the author of the book, Tito, Mihailovic and the Allies, 1941-1945, and numerous articles on foreign policy and public diplomacy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs and served on the board of The George Washington University's Public Diplomacy Institute.
Roberts received a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. It was Roberts' idea to establish a Public Diplomacy Institute at GW, originally directed by Prof. Steven Livingston at GW's School of Media and Public Affairs. In 2005, Roberts generously created an endowment in his name for the Institute.