Public Diplomacy in Conflict Environments

Given the resurgent nationalism across multiple regions and the growing centrality of information technology in sowing the seeds of distrust and violence, it is critical to rethink the role of public diplomacy in combating ideologies and narratives of adversarial state and non-state actors in current as well as emerging conflicts. This initiative seeks to explore priorities and actions in public outreach and engagement to counter information warfare and prevent future conflict.

Related CPD Publications:
Interview with Philip Seib on his book As Terrorism Evolves (Meet the Author, November, 2017)
Interview with P.J. Crowley on his book Red Line: American Foreign Policy in a Time of Fractured Politics and Failing States (Meet the Author, May 2017)
Interview with Mary Thompson-Jones on her book To The Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect (Meet the Author, February 2017)
Interview with Kim Ghattas on her book The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power (Meet the Author, July 2016)
Benghazi: Managing the Message (CPD Perspectives, April 2015)
Interview with Geoffrey Wiseman on his book Isolate or Engage: Adversarial States, US Foreign Policy, and Public Diplomacy (Meet the Author, November 2015)
Interview with Swiss Ambassador Nicole Wyrsch on Swiss efforts to promote human rights in Asia (Q&A with CPD, October 2014)  
WikiLeaks: America's Cablegate (CPD Report, January 2011)
Related CPD Events:
As Terrorism Evolves (Los Angeles, January 2018)
Understanding Syria's Refugee Crisis (Los Angeles, February 2016)
Then and Now: Russian PD Post Cold War (Los Angeles, January 2016)
Related CPD Research Projects:

Public Diplomacy in Conflict Environments

Flags of Libya, Egypt, Tunisia

This project will critically analyze evolving public opinion in the MENA toward the U.S. and western foreign policy and consider its implications for the Arab spring, foreign policy processes, and peace and stability.

This research project will analyze how U.S. public diplomacy has changed in the wake of the Benghazi attacks and will offer recommendations on how best to carry out core PD outreach and programs. 

This study will examine the challenges and opportunities that exist in the case of Egypt particularly in terms of educational and cultural affairs. What is the current status of international education in the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Egypt and how could enhanced educational ties strengthen relations between the two countries?