Defining Diplomacy for the 21st Century


The Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World, based at The Fletcher School, explores the intersection of media, cyberspace, and the government. Through a combination of original research, cutting-edge communications platforms, and provocative event series, The Murrow Center is driving the conversation on the digital revolution’s impact in the international system.

As the semester draws to a close, Fletcher students in “Public Diplomacy in the Global Information Age” are presenting their ideas on diplomacy using innovative topics like food, health, music, sports, film, and travel. Equipped now with a deep understanding of the role of public diplomacy in global affairs, they are connecting the dots between the role of citizens and the policies of governments. Their work animates the evolving field of public diplomacy in the United States and around the world. They are showing what diplomacy in action looks like.

This semester has been packed with lectures and outside speakers to help ground students in both the theoretical and practical uses of public diplomacy in global affairs.

Among the guest speakers this semester:

State Department Fellow, David Muehlke (photos), Export-Import Bank President and CEO, Reta Jo Lewis, Casey Murrow, the son of journalist and public diplomat Edward R. Murrow, Farah Pandith of the Council on Foreign Relations, State Department public diplomat Russell Brooks, Spanish journalist Juan Luis Manfredi, President and CEO of IREX, Kristen Lord, author Lauri Fitz-Pegado, public diplomacy expert Jill Schuker, former New York Times correspondent, Thom Shanker, author and Russia expert Mark Pomar, Public Diplomacy Council President Sherry Lee Mueller.

Thanks to all the guests and the students for making it a great 2022 and best wishes for 2023!