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5 Discussions at CPD You Don’t Want to Miss

In 2022, CPD hosted critical discussions related to disinformation, climate diplomacy, innovation, technology, city diplomacy and more. Check out the following event video recordings, which feature experts who address timely, forward-looking perspectives on these issues and more in the field of public diplomacy.

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Lessons from the Information War over Ukraine

The information war underway amid the ongoing armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine is generating a formidable impact on global public opinion and the conduct of foreign policy. On September 6, 2022, CPD hosted a panel discussion with experts who addressed the characteristics of this phenomenon in the context of contemporary public diplomacy practice and study.

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A Talk with John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

CPD hosted a special discussion with John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, on the challenges and opportunities in climate diplomacy and climate efforts in the context of the Summit of the Americas. Secretary Kerry was joined in conversation by Willow Bay, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, along with students at USC.  

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Innovating Public Diplomacy: What’s Next

CPD hosted a forum with leaders, practitioners and scholars in the field of public diplomacy at the National Museum of American Diplomacy in Washington, D.C.

Following the successful launch of the Public Diplomacy Innovation Prize last year, this event aimed to underscore innovation and creativity as a key driver to advance public diplomacy as an essential foreign policy tool. The event featured a panel discussion exploring fresh perspectives on long-standing practices of cultural programming and exchanges by current and former U.S. Assistant Secretaries of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, including the Honorable Lee SatterfieldMarie Royce and Evan Ryan. Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Elizabeth Allen attended and gave opening remarks.

The Innovation Prize was established by CPD in partnership with the U.S. Department of State to recognize public diplomacy officers across the Foreign and Civil Service for their outstanding efforts that enable innovation and creativity. These innovations not only demonstrate public diplomacy leadership on behalf of the United States, but they also serve to further build the field at a moment when public diplomacy is needed more than ever. The forum marked the establishment of an endowment fund through a generous gift made by CPD Advisory Board Member Goli Ameri to ensure the annual Public Diplomacy Innovation Prize’s continued success. 

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Building Omnichannel Media Strategies for Public Diplomacy

Performance marketers find meaningful metrics across the entirety of the communications ecosystem and at each stage of the audience journey, and they build these into a unified engagement and conversion strategy. As we move into a post-cookie ecosystem with increasing privacy regulations, how do we leverage the power of digital platforms and data for effective communication? How do we align with evolving audience behaviors and expectations? In this presentation, Jason Wulfsohn, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AUDIENCEX, will discuss the latest approaches to reaching audiences using enterprise technology platforms through various real-world examples from leading brands and explore relevance and implications for public diplomacy practice.

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City Diplomacy: Framework or Patchwork?

The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (HJD) and CPD hosted a webinar to coincide with the launch of HJD’s special issue on city diplomacy. The virtual panel, featuring moderator HJD Editor-in-Chief and CPD Faculty Fellow Jan Melissen and four of the publication’s authors, gave special attention to the resources that strengthen cities' international agency, the functions of 21st century practice and innovation in city practices to inspire further research. Panelists include practitioners, scholars and representatives of think tanks who will shed light on strategies of collaboration and partnerships with states, international organizations and non-state actors.

Download the HJD special issue, edited by CPD Senior Research Specialist Sohaela Amiri, here: "City Diplomacy: Framework or Patchwork?” (February 2022).

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Check out additional discussions from 2022:

Innovating Public Diplomacy: The 2022 Ameri Prize

Global Mega-Events: From Expo Dubai to World Cup Qatar

Music Diplomacy for Afghanistan: Symphony of Courage

Jerusalem Meets Athens: The New Israel-Cyprus-Greece Partnership

The Information War over Ukraine

Information at War: A Book Talk With Philip Seib

Public Diplomacy 3.0: Mapping the Next Stages of Tech Disruption


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