CPD's Podcast Series

The Public Diplocast is CPD's ongoing podcast series that features experts who discuss new ideas and enduring challenges in the field of public diplomacy.

Adapting Public Diplomacy to the Populist Challenge

Andrew Cooper, Professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, touches on the rise of insurgent populism across the world and the implications for public diplomacy. 

The Public Health Implications of a Nuclear War

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) steering committee member Ira Helfand, MD considers the public health implications of nuclear war and how governments of states with nuclear weapons should respond.

PD, Denuclearization and the Peace Process

Emily Metzgar, CPD Research Fellow and Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Indiana University, examines the critical importance of public diplomacy in denuclearization and establishing long-term peace in the region.

Global Opinion & the Korean Peninsula

Jacob Poushter of Pew Research Center shares survey data on global public opinion, such as how much Americans fear North Korea’s nuclear problem, South Korea’s views of the U.S. and how threat is perceived in the region.

Trump's "Topsy-Turvy" Approach to North Korea

Ambassador Mark Minton of Indiana University discusses the public dimension of relationships in the region, such as the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and the highly publicized summit between the two leaders.

Public Opinion in the Digital Era

Jacob Poushter, Senior Researcher at Pew Research Center and expert in international survey research, shared Pew data on social media usage, trust in technology and other digital trends around the world.

Trust in Times of Digital Innovation

Fadi Chehadé, CPD Advisory Board Member and appointee to the UN Secretary General's High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, speaks about diminishing public trust in technology and new possibilities for horizontal models of digital cooperation.


The Public Diplocast Season 1 was hosted by CPD Student Fellow Madison Jones from USC's Master of Public Diplomacy program. Episodes feature longform interviews with public diplomacy scholars and thought-leaders covering PD basics as well as current issues in the field such as countering violent extremism.

Episode 5: Foggy Bottom Engaging the World

In Episode 5: Foggy Bottom Engaging the World, Jones speaks with the Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, Dr. Shawn Powers. Powers discusses the ways in which the U.S. Department of State is engaging in public diplomacy, examples of embassies excelling in the field, and future trends in public diplomacy.

Episode 4: City Diplomacy in the Big Apple

In Episode 4, Jones speaks with New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs, Penny Abeywardena. Abeywardena discusses the emerging role of the global city, how New York City engages international communities, and the importance of connecting the local to global.

Episode 3: On Countering Violent Extremism & Engaging Communities

In Episode 3, Jones speaks with noted Homeland Security expert and USC Professor, Dr. Erroll Southers. Southers discusses the role of countering violent extremism in public diplomacy, how communities are working to address radicalization, and the role of information-sharing for counterterrorism.

Episode 2: Religion, Diversity & Global Understanding

In Episode 2, Jones speaks with religious scholar and USC Dean of Religious Life, Varun Soni, to discuss religion, tolerance, faith diplomacy and interfaith dialogue.

Episode 1: On Being a Good Neighbor, Globally

In Episode 1, Jones speaks with noted scholar and CPD Faculty Fellow, Nicholas J. Cull on his definitions of the term "Public Diplomacy," globalization, goals for the field and more. 


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