The 3rd CPD Summit on City Diplomacy
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) convened in Los Angeles on March 30 the Third CPD Summit on City Diplomacy. We brought together city leaders, practitioners and scholars to explore current trends and pressing issues driving the next chapter of city diplomacy. The Summit took stock of the growing role of subnational actors in navigating global policies and relationships, the value of networks for city diplomacy, latest research insights on frameworks and practices, and the convergence of sports diplomacy and city diplomacy in cities’ effective delivery of mega-events. The Summit also highlighted international engagement by the State of California, as subnational diplomacy encompasses a multitude of local actors from cities to states.
Just as cities were on the front lines of addressing the pandemic, they also offer public diplomacy platforms for fostering international understanding and cooperation to deal with a host of other concerns, including climate, trade, cybersecurity and immigration. With appropriate planning and resources, cities can build networks and partnerships for global impact while furthering the interests of their constituents. To address these possibilities and challenges, since 2018, CPD has been hosting summits and private roundtables on city diplomacy, and publishing research and analysis on the topic. This third summit further explored analytical insights and practical solutions to seek better ways to connect local communities for a more peaceful and prosperous world.
The summit featured panel discussions that engaged the broad public audience.
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
- Willow Bay, Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
- Jay Wang, Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
IN CONVERSATION: LEADING THROUGH CITY DIPLOMACY
- Jenny Durkan, former Mayor of Seattle
- Eric Garcetti, U.S. Ambassador to India, former Mayor of Los Angeles
- Sam Liccardo, former Mayor of San Jose
GROWING NETWORKS FOR PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
Cities now have unprecedented opportunities to promote their interests through global relations, and wide-ranging networks are vital assets in achieving this through city diplomacy. But leaders must prioritize approaches according to the potential for maximizing network impact to benefit their cities and constituents. What frameworks and strategies best support cities’ engagement in these networks?
- Erin Bromaghim, Deputy Mayor for International Affairs, City of Los Angeles
- Sherry Dowlatshahi, Chief of Protocol & Head of International Relations, City of San Antonio
- Alexis Gordon, International Business Manager & Chief of Protocol, City of Charlotte
- Jay Wang (Moderator), Director, USC Center on Public Diplomacy
CITY DIPLOMACY: VIEW FROM THE CONSULAR CORPS
A natural but often overlooked connection exists between the core function of consulates conducting public diplomacy locally and their partnerships with host cities. Successful strategies must drive such collaborations based on foreign policy priorities while heeding local contexts. How can consulates adapt and succeed through city diplomacy? What are the most innovative and creative ways to engage local residents and organizations to foster cooperation and understanding?
- Thandile Babalwa Sunduza, Consul General of South Africa in Los Angeles
- Marcelo Dantas Loures Da Costa, Consul General of Brazil in Los Angeles
- Tor Saralamba, Consul General of Thailand in Los Angeles
- Robert Banks (Moderator), Director of the Master of Public Diplomacy Program, USC
- Markos Kounalakis, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
- Christina Bellantoni (Moderator), Director, USC Annenberg’s Media Center
RESEARCH INSIGHTS ON CITY DIPLOMACY
- David Gordon, Associate Professor of Politics, UC Santa Cruz
- Benjamin Leffel, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
- Juan Luis Manfredi, Prince of Asturias Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
- Shearon Roberts, Associate Professor of Mass Communication and Faculty Member, African American and Diaspora Studies, Xavier University
- Biyun Zhu, Lecturer in Cultural Policy and Governance, University of Manchester
- Nick Cull (Moderator), Professor of Communication, Annenberg School, USC
SPORTS DIPLOMACY MEETS CITY DIPLOMACY
- Lucinda Lent, Executive Director, LA Dance Project
- Meredith Steinmetz-Rodriguez, Global Engagement Manager, City of Atlanta
- Alan Yale Abrahamson (Moderator), Associate Professor of Professional Practice of Journalism, USC
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