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Public Meeting in Santa Monica, CA, November 29, 2011


November 8, 2011

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The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy will hold a public meeting on the topic of strategic narratives November 29, 2011, in Santa Monica, CA, in partnership with the RAND Corporation. The meeting will take place at the RAND offices at 1176 Main Street in Santa Monica, CA, in the Forum Auditorium. It will begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm with doors open for registration and continental breakfast at 8:30 am. The event will be webcast live and will emphasize open forum question and response periods with the audience.

Two keynote speakers and two panels will explore the topic of strategic narratives including what they are and how they might be shaped and countered. Conference participants will delve into the impact of words and actions on evolving narratives as well as the complex influence of environmental factors.

Keynote speakers for the event are Dr. Steven Corman, Herberger Professor and Director of the Center for Strategic Communication in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, and Dr. Eric Larson, senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation.

Two panel discussions will also be held. The first panel will include Dr. Nicholas Cull, professor of public diplomacy at the University of Southern California; Barry Sanders, adjunct professor of communications studies at UCLA and author of the recent book, American Avatar: The United States in the Global Imagination; and Dalia Kaye, senior political scientist for RAND and visiting professor and Fellow at the UCLA International Institute and Burkle Center. The moderator will be Cliff W. Gilmore, Senior Military Advisor to the Advisory Commission.

The second panel will include Damon Stevens, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and leader of Policy’s Global Strategic Engagement Team (GSET); Dr. Christopher Paul, social scientist at RAND corporation and author of Strategic Communication: Origins, Concepts, and Current Debates; and CDR Jonathan Worthington, UK Royal Navy, Head of Defence Studies Royal Navy. The moderator for this panel will be Matt Armstrong, Executive Director of the Advisory Commission.

The meeting will be open to the public, Members and staff of Congress, the State Department, Defense Department, the media, and other governmental and nongovernmental organizations. To request further information, or to request reasonable accommodation, contact the Commission at (202) 203-7463 or pdcommission@state.gov.

To attend, contact the RAND Corporation no later than November 21 by phone at (412)683-2300 ext. 4906 or email to maria_falvo@rand.org and provide your full name, citizenship (U.S. citizenship is not required to attend), and institutional/organizational affiliation.

Agenda Time

Event

0830-0900

Arrival and breakfast

0900-0915

Chairman’s Opening Remarks: William Hybl, Chairman, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy

0915-0945

Welcome, Introduction, Admin Notes, Matt Armstrong, Executive Director, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy

0945-1045

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Corman

o Steven R. (Steve) Corman is Herberger Professor and Director of the Center for Strategic Communication in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. He currently leads an Office of Naval Office of Naval Research project studying Islamist extremists’ use of narrative and is co-author of Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011). He recently completed an engagement as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security in Singapore.

1045-1100

BREAK

1100-1215

Dr. Nicholas Cull

o Nick Cull is a Professor of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California where he directs the world's first masters program in public diplomacy. A historian by training, he is widely published on the topics of both past and present of public diplomacy and propaganda. His recent publications include The Cold War and the United States Information Agency: American Propaganda and Public Diplomacy, 1945-1989. (CUP, 2008).

Barry Sanders

o Barry A. Sanders, adjunct professor of Communications Studies at UCLA and author of the recent book, American Avatar: The United States in the Global Imagination (Potomac Books, 2011). Sanders is also an international corporate lawyer and president of the Board of Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Dalia Kaye (Bio Info Pending)

o Dalia Kaye is a Senior Political Scientist for RAND and Visiting Professor and Fellow at the UCLA International Institute and Burkle Center.



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