CPD: Your Source for Public Diplomacy

The USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) was established in 2003 as a partnership between the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. CPD is a recognized leader in the public diplomacy research and scholarship community and is the definitive go-to destination for practitioners and international leaders in public diplomacy, while pursuing an innovative research agenda designed to bridge the study-practice gap.

CPD seeks to advance and enrich the study and practice of public diplomacy through its research, professional education, and public engagement.

Stay Connected Through CPD News

CPD’s website and other online platforms provide a daily aggregation of PD News, blogs, interviews with leaders in the PD field, and multimedia content to keep readers up-to-date on critical, timely issues in public diplomacy.

Subscribe to CPD’s newsletters and opt in to receive PD News digests directly to your inbox on a daily or weekly basis. Never miss a thing, follow us on Twitter (@publicdiplomacy) and Facebook (@USCCPD).

Share Ideas with CPD Blog

Every week, CPD publishes original content from our panel of blog contributors, highlighting ongoing developments in the study and practice of public diplomacy.

From our CPD Research Fellows to our Contributing Scholars, the CPD Blog features useful and valuable content and opinions from leading PD practitioners and scholars, furthering a general awareness of public diplomacy initiatives.

In addition to original stories, opinions, and editorials, the CPD Blog is also an excellent platform to interact with our contributors and bloggers, offering you an opportunity to voice your opinions in the comments section.

Dig Deeper with CPD Research

As part of its commitment to building the field of public diplomacy, CPD conducts research into thematic areas of perennial interest and identifies emerging trends deserving of further scholarship. In addition, it facilitates research opportunities through the CPD Research Fellowship Program, Visiting and Contributing Scholars, Research Internship programs, and Doctoral Dissertation Grants. Research projects typically yield special reports, dedicated issues of CPD Perspectives and policy briefs.

CPD Publications

Every semester, CPD publishes our CPD Monitor and CPD Perspectives, electronic and print volumes that highlight important topics in public diplomacy and PD-related fields.

From our current issue about the Voice of America and the United States International Communications Reform Act of 2014, to past examinations of the Daily Show in China, CPD Monitor looks at soft power initiatives in international broadcasting, and digital and cultural diplomacy, while CPD Perspectives offers longer form essays and research.

All of our CPD publications bring important PD topics closer to you, providing you with the necessary information to accelerate your own career in public diplomacy.

Look and listen to our CPD Multimedia

In addition to our research and published content, CPD is bringing the world’s leading public diplomacy practitioners and scholars closer you with curated multimedia offerings.

From our exclusive podcasts with leaders in the field of public diplomacy, to videos of our CPD events and professional education, our multimedia content is a useful resource for all aspiring PD practitioners.


Visit CPD's Online Library

Explore CPD's vast online database featuring the latest books, articles, speeches and information on international organizations dedicated to public diplomacy.