Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
The Third Annual Walter Roberts Lecture
Beyond Benghazi: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Troubled Times
Ambassador Thomas Pickering
On November 5, 2013, the Walter Roberts Endowment and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication hosted Ambassador Thomas Pickering as the keynote speaker for the Third Annual Walter Roberts Lecture.
In his conversation with Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at GW, Ambassador Pickering discuss the public diplomacy challenges in a time of protest and upheaval, digital media, and emerging competitors to America's pre-eminence on the world stage, particularly in light of the incident in Benghazi, Libya.
Following the talk, a Q&A session with the audience produced stimulating responses on the future of public diplomacy in the U.S.
About Thomas Pickering
With a diplomatic career spanning more than four decades, Thomas Pickering is the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and co-chair of the panel which investigated the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. He is a career ambassador who has served in Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, and beyond. In 2000, he retired from the State Department as the Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
About the moderator
Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. Previously, he worked at CNN for 21 years serving as White House correspondent, anchor, and chief of the network's Washington bureau. He has won several awards for his achievements, including an Emmy award, several ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club award.
About the Walter Roberts Endowment
In 2005, Walter Roberts, former U.S. Foreign Service officer and associate director of the U.S. Information Agency, established the Walter Roberts Endowment in order to create and support the activities of the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University.