CPD Distinguished Speaker Series: The Public Diplomacy of the Emerging Great Powers

Shashi Tharoor - INDIA

On March 10, 2009 The USC Center on Public Diplomacy proudly hosted Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, as part of the Center's Distinguished Speaker Series on the Public Diplomacy of the Emerging Great Powers. Based on his recent book The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone, Dr. Tharoor discussed India's rise to world leadership and how India represents itself to the world through public diplomacy. Copies of The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cell Phone were made available for purchase at a reception following the event and sold out quickly.

About Shashi Tharoor

Dr. Shashi Tharoor was the official candidate of India for the succession to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006, and came a close second out of seven contenders in the race. His career began in 1978, when he joined the staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, and included key responsibilities in peace-keeping after the Cold War and as a senior adviser to the Secretary-General, as well as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

About the CPD Distinguished Speaker Series

In 2008, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy launched the CPD Distinguished Speaker Series to bring leading experts in regional public diplomacy to USC to discuss the current state and future of public diplomacy.


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