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As we take a moment to reflect on our contributions to the field of city diplomacy, we share the must-read pieces published in the past year by the CPD research network.

John Maxwell Hamilton

John Maxwell Hamilton is a Professor of Journalism in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. 

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The response to the COVID-19 pandemic, recent protests against racial injustice, and U.S. foreign policies among other factors, have tarnished the global image and appeal of the country. This in turn undermines U.S. soft power and raises questions about what can be done to overcome the challenge. A number of scholars and diplomats in our network have shared insightful commentary on the topic. Here is a roundup of the articles for you: