Seminar Series - Public Diplomacy

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2007 to Thursday, April 19, 2007
Event Time: 
12:00 p.m.
Location: 
012 Bendheim Hall

LISD convened a five-week seminar series, on Public Diplomacy during the Spring 2007 semester. The seminar was led by Christoph Merin, LISD visiting fellow. The workshop examined the role of public diplomacy in the international system.

Christoph Meran is on leave from his position as spokesperson of the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Vienna, Austria. From 1999 until 2006 he served as First Secretary for Political Affairs and then as spokesperson for the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C.  He was posted to Albania in 1997 and worked for the OSCE in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996. Between 1988 and 1995, he worked subsequently as translator and interpreter for Russian and French, as sales manager for the Austrian Piano Company Boesendorfer, and as concert pianist and piano teacher. He was involved in several humanitarian projects and has worked with several NGOs. Meran holds a postgraduate degree in International Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium; a BA in Music from the Vienna Academy of Music, Austria; and a MA in Philology (Slavic studies) from the University of Vienna, Austria. In 1992 he received a Federal Award from the Republic of Austria for Outstanding University Studies. He has been editor-in-chief of two English-language publications, Austrian Information and Jewish News from Austria.  He published articles and essays on various transatlantic topics. 

Sessions met at 12:00 p.m. on Thursdays through the Spring 2007 semester in 012 Bendheim Hall. 

March 1
Public Diplomacy: A Historical Overview
Definitions, Contradictions, and the Importance of Public Diplomacy for the 21st Century

March 8
European Public Diplomacy Today: Survival Strategy in a Globalized World
Public Diplomacy as Soft Power in a Unipolar World

March 15
The Importance of Non-State Actors for Public Diplomacy: The U.S. Reputation in the World
Guest Speaker: Thomas A. W. Miller, Independent Public Opinion Pollster

March 29
European Public Diplomacy in Conflict Regions: Case Study Iraq
Guest Speaker: Gudrun Harrer, Mananging Foreign Editor of Der Standard

April 19
After the Big Bang: EU Foreign Policy Tools Reconsidered (Is Turkey the Victim of Circumstance?)
Guest Speaker: Bedanna Bapuly, Research Fellow, European Integration Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences