Tag: Cultural diplomacy

  • CONFERENCE ON DIPLOMACY | Think tanks and thought leaders push for smart power road map at foreign policy conference, June 25

    WASHINGTON, D.C.: How many people does it take to replace a light bulb? Probably as many people as it will take to find innovative value in smart power. That means a whole lot of them: businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and faith-based, academic and community leaders, all of whom will convene around the development issues and try to screw the fixtures of diplomacy and development inside the empty socket of American global interests. On June 25 and 26 at Washington Hilton, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is organizing a Washington,D.C. conference that emphasizes what it calls “the latest innovations in global development and diplomacy.” There will be talking heads: Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, current and past combatant commanders, and top business leaders will examine the changing landscape of development assistance and discuss how a smart power approach to foreign policy is critical to national and economic security. And there will be exhibitors: Nonprofit companies and NGOs will put on display their success stories and public-private partnerships. Expect presentations on clean smoke-free cook stoves, backpacks that allow the transfer of clean water, nutritional supplements for children, and Peace Corps projects. Big Bird …