IPDGC’s new podcast joins the conversation on PD

With Public Diplomacy on the minds of many nowadays, the Institute for Public Diplomacy, GW graduate and undergraduate students have launched Public Diplomacy Examined (PDx), an interview-based easy-access podcast of interviews with U.S. foreign service officers (current and retired), foreign diplomats, public diplomacy professionals, academics and researchers, media practitioners, cultural exchange specialists, and many others – all who share their experiences and insights into the latest thinking and trends of public diplomacy and global communication.

Our first two PDx episodes feature interviews with former top US public diplomacy leaders – Tara Sonenshine, former Undersecretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. State Department (April 2012- July 2013), and Bruce Wharton, retired U.S. ambassador and also former acting Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (December 2016 to July 2017).

Check PDx regularly for more interviews.

2013 WR Annual Lecture: Tara Sonenshine

Public Diplomacy and Foreign Policy: The View from State

In 2013, the United States faces a wealth of public diplomacy challenges. American diplomats today must engage new publics, on new issues, using new foreign policy tools. At the second Walter Roberts Annual Lecture, Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs engaged in a discussion regarding the modern challenges of U.S. public diplomacy. Moderating the event was Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, at the George Washington University.

The event transcript is HERE.

Inaugural (2011) WR Annual Lecture: Brent Scowcroft

Global Challenges, Modern Solutions

Discussion with Brent Scowcroft

General Brent Scowcroft is the founder and president of The Forum for International Policy as well as the President of the Scowcroft Group, Inc. In this talk at the inaugural Walter Roberts Lecture Series, he discussed contemporary challenges in international affairs and policy formation and reflected on lessons learned from the end of the Cold War from the government’s perspective.


Moderating the discussion is Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs.


The transcript is available HERE.

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