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2018 Public Diplomacy Symposium

“Convergence and Divergence: Practicing Public Diplomacy in a Globalized World”


The 2018 Public Diplomacy Symposium will be held at Syracuse University on October 12, 2018.  We look forward to an exciting day of conversation about the future of our field.  Detailed program information will be published soon.  Join us!

Date: October 12, 2018
Location: Dr. Paul and Natalie Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Click here to RSVP by October 8
Keynote Speaker:

Galit Peleg, Head of the Department for Public Diplomacy and Academic Affairs. Consulate General of Israel in New York.



Public Diplomacy Symposium 2018: Convergence and Divergence: Practicing Public Diplomacy in a Globalized World

(Downloadable version of Schedule)

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Registration

Coffee and breakfast available.

9:00 – 9:15 AM: Welcome

Linsey Armstrong & Ava Khavari, Symposium Co-Chairs

9:15 – 9:30 AM: State of Public Diplomacy

Dr. Renée de Nevers, Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Keynote Presentation

Ms. Galit Peleg, Head of Public Diplomacy, Consulate General of Israel in New York

Coffee and pastries available.

10:30 – 10:45 AM: Break

Coffee and pastries available.

10:45 – 11:45 AM: Nation Branding

Countries are challenged with sharing their authentic stories to a global audience. This panel will discuss the art of creating and disseminating unified messaging to solidify/establish a national brand.

Dr. Brian Taylor, Professor and Chair of Political Science, Syracuse University

Ms. Galit Peleg, Head of Public Diplomacy, Consulate General of Israel in New York

Thomas Cromwell, President, East West Communications

12:00 – 1:20 PM: Lunch and Learn

Conflict Management Center Workshop: Cross-Cultural Communication

Mr. Andrew Korn, Director of the Conflict Management Center, Syracuse University

1:30 – 2:20 PM: East Meets West: Asia’s Influence in PD

The prominence and prevalence of Asia’s influence in diplomacy will be discussed. How do their public diplomacy efforts affect other nations?

Question: How do the “sharp” power tactics of China’s public diplomacy impact its international relations?

James B. Steinberg, J.D., University Professor, Syracuse University

Dr. Lars Willnat, John Ben Snow Endowed Research Chair, Syracuse University

Dr. Yingyi Ma, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Asian/Asian American Studies, Syracuse University

2:20 – 2:30 PM: Break
2:30 – 3:30 PM: War on Peace: The Militarization of PD?
In this panel session, we will discuss the role of the military in public diplomacy efforts. Is this deployment of hard power beneficial in diplomatic exchanges?

Moderator: Col. Bill Smullen, Director of National Security Studies program, Syracuse University


Lt. Sean Brophy, USN

Ms. Catherine Bertini, Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University

3:30 – 3:40 PM: Break
3:40 – 4:00 PM: Closing

Linsey Armstrong & Ava Khavari, Symposium Co-Chairs

4:00 – 5:30 PM: 10 Years of PD: Networking Reception

Celebrate 10 years of SU’s Public Diplomacy Program! Appetizers and drinks available for invited guests at Faegan’s Cafe and Pub.


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