January 16, 2020



The January edition of CPD Faculty Fellow Bruce Gregory's public diplomacy reading list is now available. Known affectionately at CPD as "Bruce's List," this list is a compilation of books, journal articles, papers and blogs on a wide variety of PD topics and features a number of CPD scholars.

Highlights from this latest list include:

“Cyber Diplomacy,”  PD Magazine, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California, Issue 22, Fall/Winter 2019. In this edition of PD Magazine, USC students and an array of international scholars and practitioners discuss issues relevant to diplomacy and its practice in the cyber domain. The articles divide into five sections. (1) “Equipping diplomats for the cyber age” begins with a lead article by Shaun Riordan (European Institute for International Studies) on “Cyber Diplomacy: Why Diplomats Need to Get Into Cyberspace.” (2) A section on “Cyber diplomacy’s rising stars” focuses on Qatar, Estonia, and Georgia. (3) An article by Ilan Manor (Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group), “Are Digital Rights Human Rights?” leads a section on “Overcoming Disinformation.” (4) “Social media: A Powerful Cyber Ally” opens with USC Blog Contributor Franklin T. Burroughs’ essay on “The Diplomatic Tower of Babel.” (5) “Preparing for the Cyber Future” features an article by Devin Villacis (USC Master of Public Diplomacy candidate), “Bottom Lines and Data Dossiers: How Big Tech Commodifies Your Privacy.”

Kyle Hutzler, America’s Cities on the World’s Stage, CPD Perspectives, USC Center on Public Diplomacy, Paper 5, December 2019. Hutzler (Stanford Graduate School of Business) contributes to the growing literature on city diplomacy with this report based on interviews with city and state practitioners and experts in subnational diplomacy.  His approach is actor-centric, focusing on managerial issues and “questions of strategy, organization, and operations.”  He surveys city diplomacy’s historical context and issues of constitutionality.  His report then examines the relevance of city size and four categories of city diplomacy:  trade and investment, goodwill, knowledge sharing, and co-governance on issues such as climate policy and border management.  Hutzler’s well-researched 93-page report makes a number of recommendations, provides an analytical framework, lists references from the literature on city diplomacy, and seeks to put the practitioners interviewed “in conversation with each other.”

Matthew Wallin“White Paper – A New American Message,”  American Security Project (ASP), December 2019. In this White Paper, the ASP’s Fellow for Public Diplomacy Matthew Wallin advances three core arguments. America’s values are central to its message and under attack at home and abroad. The US is failing to uphold its values, and this failure is displayed globally in 24-hour news and social media. A new American message must be defined largely by actions not words. Wallin identifies a variety of needed changes in behavior: close the say-do gap, engage in active listening, recommit to truth, maintain leadership in science, send more exchange students abroad, strengthen diplomatic capacity, keep America’s commitments, support individual freedom, empower individuals abroad and promote collaboration, and set an example on refugees and migrants.

The full list, including works by CPD Faculty Fellows Philip Seib and Jan Melissen, CPD Research Fellows Alexander Buhmann (2016-2018) and Deborah L. Trent (2014-2016), Past Visiting Scholar Evan Potter, and CPD Blog Contributors Erich SommerfeldtAngela LewisEriks VarpahovskisBenjamin Leffel and Marcus Holmes, is available here.



The latest issue of CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy is an article by Kyle Hutzler, Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company.

"America’ s Cities on the World Stage" examines the opportunities and challenges in American cities’ efforts to develop their standing on the world stage as a means for the U.S. to “speak with one voice abroad.”

"American cities deserve the opportunity to succeed on the global stage because it is to the benefit of the entire country," writes Hutzler. "Their success in promoting trade and investment sustains American competitiveness and, when they bridge educational and cultural institutions across borders, it makes the world a more vibrant place."

Download "America’ s Cities on the World Stage" here.


A special event with Michelle Giuda, Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy


Join us for a conversation with Michelle Giuda, Assistant Secretary and Senior Official for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. As technology provides an ever-increasing array of channels and platforms for people to engage with ideas and information, adversaries use these same tools to sow confusion, cynicism, apathy, and division. In the context of today’s increasingly complex information environment, Giuda will discuss how global audiences discern fact from fiction, and innovative ways the U.S. aims to engage them through the ideals of truth, freedom and human dignity.

This event will allow attendees an opportunity to learn directly from Assistant Secretary Giuda on U.S. public diplomacy strategies in this new era of great-power competition.

About Michelle Giuda

In May 2019, Ms. Giuda led the largest restructuring at the State Department in 20 years, merging the Bureaus of Public Affairs and International Information Programs to modernize communications and create the Bureau of Global Public Affairs, of which she serves as head.

Ms. Giuda brings a wealth of global strategic communications experience to the Department, having served as senior vice president of Global Corporate Communications and managing strategy across 81 countries for Weber Shandwick in New York until January 2018. Prior to Weber Shandwick, Ms. Giuda was a political communications strategist in Washington, DC, serving for five years as a lead member of former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s communications team, including her role as National Deputy Press Secretary during the Speaker’s 2012 presidential campaign. Ms. Giuda also served as Communications Director of GOPAC, working to elect and advance the country’s next generation of top state and local leaders.

Ms. Giuda received her Master’s Degree in Political Management from George Washington University and earned a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA where she was an NCAA Champion and Team Captain of the UCLA Women’s Gymnastics Team.

Refreshments will be served.

On-campus parking is available for $12 per car. Click here for parking structure locations.


Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm


USC, Wallis Annenberg Hall Room 106


January 15, 2020

Exclusive inputs on arrest of DSP Davinder Singh. (Sources)

Exclusive inputs on arrest of DSP Davinder Singh. (Sources)

1. FIR registered against DSP at wanpoh Police Station in Kulgam. He is now lodged at SOG camp for further interrogation.

2.  During Search operation 1 AK-47 rifle & some Grenades recovered from the residence of DSP in Srinagar.

3. DSP was on way to Chandigarh along with Naved Babu & his accomplice.

4. He had fixed around 12 lac rupees deal with militants for transporting Naved & his associate to Chandigarh safely.

5. DSP had transported militants out of valley in past as well.

6. During questioning it has also surfaced that DSP had managed air travel of several militants out of valley since his posting at Srinagar airport.

7.  He is said to have passed on secret information to militant groups from time to time.

8. DSP has accumulated huge wealth both movable and immovable far far more than his sources of income.

9. Role of DSP in Parliament attack case is also being looked into as there are some leads suggesting he had helped militants to reach delhi at that time as well.

10. Naved Babu has killed apple traders of valley and outside states soon after the abrogation of articles 370 and his catch is major success for forces in J&K.

11. Naved Babu was also responsible for killings of non local labourers in Kashmir post abrogation of article 370.

NIA likely to take over the case of DSP Davinder Singh soon after the preliminary Investigation by J&K Police.