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MPD Research & Development Trips

In 2010 a legacy began. A group of 10 Master of Public Diplomacy (MPD) graduate students at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California traveled to Dubai to attend a weeklong conference as a student exchange with the American University in Dubai. Each year since, a delegation of USC Master of Public Diplomacy students has traveled abroad, to research public diplomacy efforts of a chosen country. To date, the program’s international experience has included Dubai, Vietnam, India, China, Brazil, and most recently Indonesia.

This year a group of six MPD students will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia over spring break, to learn, analyze, and report on the public diplomacy landscape of the Sub-Saharan Africa country. The research focus of each individual group member will vary, including cultural diplomacy, aid diplomacy, exchange diplomacy, faith diplomacy, human rights nonprofit advocacy, and current United States-Ethiopia relations. Through meetings with the United States embassy in Addis Ababa, Ministries of the Ethiopian government, the African Union, as well as a range of non-state actors, the group aims to present a well-rounded collective report that will help provide insight into Ethiopia’s current position in the world as an emerging African power, and how its public diplomacy efforts are already are helping to improve its global standing.

Please help continue the MPD international research legacy by following their blog posts, browsing their site, connecting with the current research group on social media, and staying tuned for the next trips abroad.

Special thanks for support in making this experience possible goes to Gordon Stables and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Director of the Master of Public Diplomacy program Dr. Nicholas Cull, the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, the Consulate General of Ethiopia in Los Angeles, the Ethiopian government, and the African Union.

Public Diplomacy in Ethiopia:

IMG_32482016 USC Master of Public Diplomacy Delegation to Ethiopia and their hosts at the African Union

International Research Alumni

Public Diplomacy Indonesia Blog: (click here)

dsc_007022015 USC Master of Public Diplomacy Delegation to Indonesia

A Journey Through Sao Paulo – Innovations in Brazilian Public Diplomacy: (click here)

1625682_10104573099947864_303643848_n2014 USC Master of Public Diplomacy Delegation to Brazil

MPD in China 2013 – Peking University: (click here)

mpd-pku_photo112013 USC Master of Public Diplomacy Delegation to China

Indian Public Diplomacy – A Strategic Future: (click here)

20112012 USC Master of Public Diplomacy Delegation to India

Public Diplomacy Students Visit Southeast Asia: (click here)

vietnam2011 Master of Public Diplomacy Delegation to Vietnam

A Report on the AUD – USC Exchange: (click here)

20102010 USC Master of Public Diplomacy Delegation to Dubai

Washington, D.C. Trip Alumni

Public Diplomacy Students Visit D.C. – Blog: (click here)

2017 First-Year Washington, D.C. Trip at Global Ties