Research that focuses on the public diplomacy work of corporations, non-governmental organizations, citizens, multilateral institutions and terrorist organizations.

Non-State PD

Governments face a lack of resources to meet citizen demands and collective interests at home and abroad. This project aims to expand efforts to evaluate current policy to engage with and invest in projects with diaspora organizations, aka “diaspora diplomacy.”

The relationship of public diplomacy to “the city” is a subject of growing scholarly interest as global processes of urbanization, diaspora, democratization, and urban climate impact intersect with municipal trends in planning, place branding, and the staging of mega-events. This project draws on the ‘cosmopolitan turn’ in social thought to reconsider city diplomacy in spatial terms, including urban planning, architecture and network theory.

While significant attention has been given to how political groups in the Arab world use the media to intimidate enemies and instill fear in times of conflict, the use of public diplomacy by local and regional actors in the region remains understudied. This project examined the use of public diplomacy by non-state actors in the Arab world, including Islamist groups.

This project evaluated the effectiveness and value of Celebrity Diplomacy. Particular emphasis was placed on the United Nations. The project convened a workshop on the theme of Celebrity Diplomacy in April 2009.