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.
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