The USC Center on Public Diplomacy will kick off its 2012 Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy at USC on July 23. The professional training program will run through August 3.  Now in its seventh year, the CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy is an intensive two-week course designed to immerse participants in the critical study of public diplomacy by combining traditional classroom instruction with collaborative hands-on exercises.

SI ‘10 Alum Sausan Ghosheh accompanied the United Nations monitors in Syria and spoke to the NY Times about the horrific tragedy in Mazraat al-Qubeir on June 9th.  She said it would take time to sort out conflicting information from residents of neighboring villages. “We need to go back, cross-reference what we have heard and check the names they say were killed, check the names they say are missing.”

In his inaugural blog for CPD, SI Alum Joshua Frey discusses the growing media presence in Afghanistan and how it can be used as a “powerful tool to counter forces of instability from dominating the country.”

CPD Summer Institute ‘11 alum, Tugba Soyosal Ozoner, contributed to the October 2011 edition of PDiN Monitor which looks at Turkish Public Diplomacy.  This issue concentrates on how Turkey, as a public diplomacy actor,  has has gained increasing attention recently in the media and not just because of the recent earthquake that struck the country.

SI 2009 Alum, Mathtab Farid spoke at the National Press Club in WDC about media development in Afghanistan.

CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy alumnus, Carolina Sheinfeld, will join with twelve young leaders from the Middle East beginning September 10th as as fellow in the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).

SI ‘10 alum Joshua Frey has an article in The Waterline about his experience as a Public Affairs Officer in AFPAK as part of the AFPAK Hands program.

After two weeks of vigorous study, critical debate, and dynamic teamwork, the sixth cohort successfully completed the CPD Summer Institute in Public Diplomacy last Friday.