Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

Past Events


Third Annual Walter Roberts Lecture: Beyond Benghazi: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Troubled Times with Thomas Pickering

November 5, 2013 - Distinguished ambassador Thomas Pickering discusses 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.

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Hillary Clinton and Global Women's Issues: An Enduring Legacy?

April 16, 2013 - Keynote speakers and a panel of experts weighed the impact of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emphasis on gender equality and women's empowerment. What institutional changes took place? What new initiatives were launched? Did the U.S. effectively benefit from the "soft power" of Secretary Clinton's long association with this issue? What has been the global impact? And what can we anticipate in the future?

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Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in 2013: The View from State

ThingJanuary 31, 2013 - In 2013 the United States faces a wealth of public diplomacy challenges. American diplomats today must engage new publics, on new issues, using new foreign policy tools. IPDGC as we hosted Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine in a discussion moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University. This event was part of IPDGC's Annual Walter Roberts Lecture series.

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The Role of Social Media in Ending Violence Against Women


December 3, 2012 - Social media offers unprecedented opportunities to raise awareness around violence against women and girls, to help users stay safe, and to inspire people to engage in social activism. At the same time, it may pose challenges to journalists by blurring the line between journalism and activism.

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Events Archive

Public Diplomacy in the Next Four Years:

descriptA Post-Election Look at American Strategies
and Priorities for Engaging with the World

November 13, 2012 -- Every presidential election presents an opportunity for the re-envisioning of American Public diplomacy. An expert panel of experienced public diplomacy practioners and foreign-policy makers disucess the challenges for public diplomacy in the next four years.

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Groundtruth: New Media, Technology and the Syria Crisis

ThingOctober 2, 2012 - The next in IPDGC's partnership with the United Institute of Peace. User-generated images, videos and stories stream in every day from Homs, Aleppo and all around Syria documenting the country's descent into violence and instability. This event provided analysis and insight into the influence of new media in the crisis, specifically on three types of actors: activists on the ground, journalists and media-makers who are reporting on the crisis, and policymakers around the world. The event brought these experts together to discuss not only social media's role in ongoing events, but how it can be used to promote peace in a post-Assad future.

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Hip Hop Diplomacy: Connecting through Culture

March 27, 2012 -- A conference exploring the role of cultural diplomacy in US Public Diplomacy. What does it look like from the perspective of the musicians, athletes, video-journalists, and other creative and talented folks who represent America abroad? Featuring a Keynote Address by Tara Sonenshine, Executive Vice President of the US Institute of Peace and President Obama's nominee as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

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From the Spanish Case to the Arab Spring

AmbassadorNovember 14, 2011 -- US Public Diplomacy efforts to promote and to spread the American political model might have played an important role in the events of the Arab Spring. The conference discussed interdisciplary dialogue between historians of the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Educational Exchange Programs, and Political Scientists. Scholars discussed the connections, consequences, and weaknesses of the supposed causality.

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The Last Three Feet: New Media, New Approaches, and New Challenges for Public Diplomacy

Aaron SnipeNovember 3, 2011 -- Two panels of veteran Public Diplomacy officers reflected on their zexperiences in explaining U.S. government policies and American society to audiences around the globe and also on lessons learned from these efforts in some of the world's most conflictive and complex societies.

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Global Challenges, Modern Solutions: A Discussion with General Brent Scowcroft


September 28, 2011 - Former National Security Advisor and current founderand president of the Forum for International Policy General Brent Scowcroft sat down with Frank Sesno for an elucidating discussion of American contemporary foreign policy challenges.

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Women, Reconstruction, and Civil Society in Afghanistan

March 30, 2011 - This roundtable featured speakers from Afghanistan, Canada, and the U.S. who discuss the challenges, successes, and failures of various aspects of reconstruction in Afghanistan as it relates in particular to women and girls.

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Film: Act of Dishonour

March 8, 2011 - Nelofer Pazira
This haunting portrait of life in Afghanistan was directed by Pazira, the star of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's acclaimed Kandahar and co-director of the documentary Return to Kandahar.

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Blogs and Bullets: Social Media and the Struggle for Political Change

February 24, 2011 - Panel members discuss the latest approaches to understanding the role of new media in fostering peace, conflict, and political change. Items under consideration include research work in progress, stories from the front lines of diplomacy 2.0, and private sector approaches to facilitating new social media.

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Leading through Civilian Power

November 16, 2010 - Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter
Presented by the Distinguished Women in International Affairs series and the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication.

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New Media in the Former Soviet Union: Civil Society, New Media, and the Future of Development

October 22, 2010 - Sponsored by the International Development Forum in partnership with the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Commuinication, the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Institute for Development Studies, and Internews.

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Navigating the U.S. Media w/ P.J. Crowley

October 4, 2010 - Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, P.J. Crowley gave the keynote address to an event sponsored by IPDGC and CSIS. Following the Assistant Secretary, a panel of media experts and practitioners discussed the various biases and pitfalls of the U.S. media for an audience of foreign correspondents and students.

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2009-10 Academic Year

Blogs and Bullets: Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict

July 8, 2010 - IPDGC and USIP co-sponsored an event that discussed a recent paper, outlining how new media affects potential conflict areas. Communications experts from GWU and Harvard reflected upon their research, and online bloggers from around the world spoke about their experiences with new media.

Iran's Blogosphere and Grassroots Voices: Risks and Rewards of Engagement

April 12, 2010 - A half-day conference sponsored by the IPDGC and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) that examined the powerful effect of the new media and social networks in today's Iran, including in linking young Iranians interested in sharing news and information, in promoting change in their society, and in building bridges to the outside world.

Afghanistan: War of Necessity of Quagmire

March 24, 2010 - A guest lecture by world-renowned conflict negotiator, Ambassador Peter Galbraith, co-sponsored by the IPDGC and the Security Policy Forum.

Iraq and Afghanistan: Journalistic Challenges

March 1, 2010 - A panel of senior journalists from the Washington Post and New York Times whose war reporting has taken them to the frontline of journalism in Iraq and Afghanistan, co-sponsored by the IPDGC and the Security Policy Forum.

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Afghanistan: The Human Factor

February 22, 2010 - A discussion of the implications of the current engagement in Afghanistan on civilians co-sponsored by the IPDGC and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

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Smart Power in Iraq

February 2, 2010 - An informal discussion feature former State Department Public Diplomacy Officer Diane Crowe and US Army Major Chris Wade.

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Media and U.S. Governance

November 9 - 13, 2009 - A Program of Activities organized by the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication for the a distinguished delegation from the People's Republic of China

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U.S. Public Diplomacy towards Sudan

November 12, 2009 - An informal luncheon including Mark Asquino, Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Embassy, Khartoum, and students and staff of the George Washington University

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New Approaches to U.S. Global Outreach: Smart Power on the Front Lines of Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication

October 5, 2009 - Presented in Association with the GW Public Affairs Project and the Public Diplomacy Council

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

July 23, 2009 - Present by The George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

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