Beyond Benghazi: U.S. Public Diplomacy in Troubled Times with Thomas Pickering

Third Annual Walter Roberts Lecture

In his conversation with Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at GW, Ambassador Thomas Pickering discusses the public diplomacy challenges in a time of protest and upheaval, digital media, and emerging competitors to America's pre-eminence on the world stage, particularly in light of the incident in Benghazi, Libya.

Following the talk, a Q&A session with the audience produced stimulating responses on the future of public diplomacy in the U.S.

About Thomas Pickering

With a diplomatic career spanning more than four decades, Thomas Pickering is the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and co-chair of the panel which investigated the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. He is a career ambassador who has served in Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, and beyond. In 2000, he retired from the State Department as the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. 

About the moderator

Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. Previously, he worked at CNN for 21 years serving as White House correspondent, anchor, and chief of the network's Washington bureau. He has won several awards for his achievements, including an Emmy award, several ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club award.