The Future of City Diplomacy

Cities are increasingly poised—and being called upon—to play a greater role in addressing challenges at the international level, from climate change and immigration, to the health and security of citizens.

With recent rhetoric and policies at the national level leaving foreign leaders unsure of the U.S. government’s position and leadership on certain global challenges, U.S. cities have a unique opportunity to use their resources and expertise to influence discourse in the international arena. At the heart of realizing a city’s influence and impact on the world stage is crafting an effective global engagement strategy and building the skills and capacity required for this emergent role.

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), in partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, will host a panel to explore growing opportunities and emerging challenges in city diplomacy.


  • Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs, Office of the Mayor of New York
  • Nina HachigianDeputy Mayor for International Affairs, Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Anthony Pipa, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings
  • Jaana Remes, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)
  • Jay Wang, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy


Welcome remarks provided by Willow Bay, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and holder of the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication. 

The program, which is part of a CPD initiative on city diplomacy, will provide a framework for creating the first-of-its-kind capacity-building program for effective city diplomacy. 

Can't join us in Los Angeles? Follow along via Facebook Live: @USCCPD.

The New York Office for International Affairs is a partner in this program. Additionally, this event is made possible in part through a grant from Mr. & Mrs. Robert and Mimi Liu and the Qatar Media Corporation.

Refreshments will be served.

On-campus parking can be purchased for $12. The closest parking structure to the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is the McCarthy Way structure located on 34th Street and S. Figueroa Blvd.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:15pm
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USC; Annenberg (ASC) Auditorium, G26


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