Rising Soft Power in a Multipolar World

This initiative explores the practices and trends in global engagement in emerging markets of varying political persuasions, including, but not limited to, China, Mexico, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Russia, and Turkey. It seeks to provide greater understanding of the forces reshaping public diplomacy and cultural relations globally.

Events, Conferences & Workshops

Watch the video of our special discussion with Secretary Kerry on priority climate regions, youth advocacy, technology and more.

ICA's post-conference program on public diplomacy will be held on May 29, 2019 in Washington. D.C.

Ma Ying-jeou, former President of Taiwan, joined CPD for an insider's view on cross-strait relations.

CPD's discussion with the Republic of Korea's Ambassador for Public Diplomacy, Ms. Enna Park, focused on public diplomacy opportunities and challenges in the age of geopolitical unrest and digital disruption.

What happens in L.A. happens in the world. Hear from local thought leaders about critical global matters.

CPD co-sponsored ICA's post-conference program on May 30 in San Diego.

Arturo Sarukhan, Pamela Starr and Leon Krauze discussed how America is viewed from across the border in Mexico.

Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan discussed about the importance of public diplomacy partnerships between Mexico and the United States. 

CPD hosted the BBC for an expert panel discussion, followed by a Q&A.

CPD Publications, Analysis, & Multimedia

August 10, 2018

A collection of interviews with leading authors, scholars and practitioners in the field of public diplomacy.

The latest index and report is a joint effort from Portland Communications and CPD. Is your country on the list?

Explore the Kingdom's PD strategies and soft power tools.

Indonesian President Jokowi

Part two of Ellen Huijgh's "emerging power" series.

Read about the latest trends and topics in Turkish soft power in this new e-publication.  

The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) Istanbul, Turkey

New work from Ellen Huijgh and Jordan Warlick on Turkey.

“Rising Soft Powers: China” is the second title in our e-book series.

Rising Soft Powers: India features an exclusive interview with Indian diplomat and author whose book was adapted into the film Slumdog Millionaire.

The latest edition of CPD Perspectives analyzes the globalization of China's Soft Power

The U.S.-Mexico partnership faces serious challenges, not the least of which is the disconnect between each nation's public perception and reality.

Related CPD Research Projects

Principal Investigator:
Dmitry Chernobrov, CPD Research Fellow 2022-24

Principal Investigator:
Mafalda Dâmaso, CPD Research Fellow 2019-21

This research project analyzed how U.S. public diplomacy has changed in the wake of the Benghazi attacks and will offer recommendations on how best to carry out core PD outreach and programs. 

Although there is a burgeoning literature on South-South development cooperation, this scholarship has seldom considered the public diplomacy surrounding these initiatives. This project addressed this gap by analyzing the public diplomacy channels, practices, and discourses of an emerging South-South cooperation provider in Africa: Brazil.

The global order is changing, and a new geopolitical blueprint is emerging. CPD Research Fellow Ellen Huijgh explored the public diplomacy of new emerging powers beyond the BRICS, paying particular attention to Indonesia and Turkey.

CPD examined the Confucius Institutes in the United States as a platform for Chinese cultural diplomacy in the context of U.S.-China relations and higher-education management.