Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

Face-off to Facebook:
From the Nixon-Khruschev Kitchen Debate to Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Made possible by the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation, the Walter Roberts Endowment, and the Kennan Institute

July 23, 2009


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Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev

Marc Lynch, GW Professor and author of Voices of the New Arab Public: Iraq, Al-Jazeera, and Middle East Politics Today

William Safire, New York Times columnist, Richard Nixon speechwriter and eyewitness to the Kitchen Debate

Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody

Lunchtime remarks by William Burns, Under Secretary for State for Political Affairs and former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation

Session I: The Kitchen Debate and the Cold War Summer of 1959

On the 50th anniversary of its opening in Moscow, experts and eyewitnesses will
reexamine the American National Exhibition and why it is considered a high point in the history of the Cold War and of U.S. public diplomacy.

Session II: The Emergence of New Media and Social Networking in Public Diplomacy

Taking the 1959 Exhibition's innovations as inspiration, leading new media thinkers and writers will discuss proposals for how the digital revolution might be used in the service of public diplomacy.




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