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The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC) is a leading organization in the field of public diplomacy and global communication. Based at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and jointly administered out of the Elliott School of International Affairs, the Institute provides a forum for faculty, students, and working professionals on global issues in the following areas:

  • Interactions between new media, national security, and public diplomacy
  • U.S. foreign policy priorities in the developing world
  • Challenges to whole-of-government public diplomacy and strategic communication
  • Global perspectives and approaches to public diplomacy
  • Gender issues in security, communication, and diplomacy

Some of our activities include speaker and panel events; media training workshops for international delegations; and graduate scholarships, all of which promote the greater understanding and practice of public diplomacy, or the relationship between governments and foreign publics.


In 2001, the Public Diplomacy Foundation (later the Public Diplomacy Council) joined with The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and Elliott School of International Affairs to establish the Public Diplomacy Institute. In 2005, through the generous support of the Walter Roberts Endowment, the institute was renamed the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication (IPDGC). The Endowment was established in honor of the late diplomat and celebrated public diplomacy practitioner, Dr. Walter R. Roberts.  

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