Annual Symposium

The 8th annual Public Diplomacy Symposium, titled “Building a More Secure World: Public Diplomacy for 21st Century Actors” will be held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

To register, please click here.

Schedule is as follows:

8:30 – 9 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast

9 – 10:20 a.m. Welcome and Opening Keynote
Keynote: Ivan SigalExecutive Director of Global Voices

10:25 – 11:35 a.m.  Panel One
Moderator: Shanthi Kalathil, Georgetown University
Panelists: Robert Bole, Director of Global Strategy, BBG; Dr. Beatrice Edwards, Executive Director, Government Accountability Project; Marie Harf, Strategic Communication Adviser to the Secretary of State;  Macon Phillips, Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs

11:40 – 12:50 p.m.  Panel Two
Moderator: Dr. R.S. Zaharna, American University
Panelists: John Prendergast, Founding Director, Enough Project; Marshall Stowell, Vice President, External Relations and Communications, Population Services International;  Sam Worthington, President and CEO, InterAction

1 – 2 p.m.  Catered Lunch

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Panel Three
Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Clinton, President, Global Ties
Panelists:  Taunya Atwood, Senior Program Officer for the Community Solutions Program, IREX; Jeanne Bourgault, President and CEO, Internews; Maria de los Angelos Crummett, Deputy VP Scholar Exchanges, and Executive Director, CIES, Institute of International Education;  Ken Harper, Director, Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

2 – 4 p.m. US Diplomacy Center Simulation ‘Protection & Prevention: Minorities, Refugees & International Resolution’ [separate registration]

3:30 – 5 p.m.  Informational Career Fair

5:30 – 9 p.m. Networking Event and Awards Ceremony
Keynote: Anita Sharma, Executive Director of Millennium Development Goals Initiatives at the United Nations Foundation


Previous years’ themes have included:

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2014 – More as the Story Develops: Diplomacy, the Media, and the Public — Trending Towards Trust or Distrust?

2013 – Actors and Actions in a Globalized World

2012 – The Politics of Change

2011 – Building Bridges: The Tools of Public Diplomacy

2010 – Culture, Media, and World Affairs: Diplomacy at the Nexus

2009 – Cultural Diplomacy

2008 – 1st Annual Public Diplomacy Symposium