Global Leadership in Public Diplomacy

October 15,
2015

By Danielle Saroyan

Armenian Agenda Associate Editor 

On
Wednesday, October 14, Armenian Assembly Public Affairs Associate Danielle
Saroyan attended the Global Leadership in Public Diplomacy summit hosted by the
University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy at the U.S.
Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

Under
Secretary for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs Richard Stengel was the
keynote speaker. He discussed the importance of using public diplomacy today
and implementing “Soft Power” in hard places. The summit continued with
conversations on the topics of advancing international advocacy in the digital
age, the future of cultural diplomacy, public diplomacy in congress, bridging
the study-practice gap, and the next frontiers of public diplomacy
incorporating technology and talent.

Among the
panelists were former U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 1983-2013) and
former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhán (2007-2013). Rep. Berman served
as House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman in 2010 and was instrumental in the
Armenian Genocide Resolution bill’s adoption. Saroyan met Rep. Berman and
thanked him for his efforts on behalf of the Armenian American community.
Saroyan also spoke with Amb. Sarukhán who, like her, is a descendent of an
Armenian Genocide survivor. Sarukhán’s grandmother fled to Thessaloniki,
Greece during the Armenian Genocide, then moved to Venice, where she met
and later married Artur Sarukhanian, his grandfather. Together, they left Italy
for Mexico, where Amb. Sarukhán’s parents met.

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Caption 1: Keynote Speaker Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy & Public
Affairs Richard Stengel

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Caption 2
:  Former U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 1983-2013) and
Armenian Assembly Public Affairs Associate Danielle Saroyan at the USC
Center on Public Diplomacy Global Leadership in Public Diplomacy summit.

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Caption 3
: Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhán
(2007-2013) and Armenian Assembly Public Affairs Associate Danielle
Saroyan at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy Global Leadership in Public
Diplomacy summit.

About Armenian Assembly of America

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.
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