Recipient of 2011 CPD Best Student Paper Prize Announced

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is proud to announce Jennifer Grover, MPD '12, as the recipient of the 2011 CPD Prize for Best Student Paper in Public Diplomacy. Her paper titled "Ukrainian Public Diplomacy Lacks Organization, But Holds Promise" examines the various actors that have enacted public diplomacy programs to enhance the image of the Ukraine in the European Union. Though several actors have been involved in helping shape Ukraine's image, Jennifer concludes that in a transition state, public diplomacy programs must also be enacted by the government to create a strong, legitimate vision of and for the country.

Selected from a number of excellent nominations made by faculty in the Master of Public Diplomacy (MPD) program at the University of Southern California, Jennifer's paper outlines the importance of public diplomacy for a country finding its footing and place in the world soon after achieving independence. Philip Seib, Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy remarked "Jennifer’s paper illustrates both the significance and complexity of public diplomacy, and it underscores the importance of thoughtful research in this field."

To read the full paper, click here [PDF].

To read the 2010 CPD Prize for Best Student Paper, click here.

About the CPD Prize for Best Student Paper
Launched in 2009, the annual prize is intended to recognize and publicize an outstanding contribution to the field of public diplomacy by a first year graduate student in USC's Master of Public Diplomacy Program (MPD).

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