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CONTACT: Ms. Jimmye Walker
NEW AGE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Washington, D.C. — The United States Information Agency (USIA) and the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) will host a seminar on Nov. 12, "The New Diplomacy: Lessons Learned from the Campaign for the First Round of NATO Enlargement." The primary goal of participants will be to learn how to develop a more open diplomacy in which the enterprise is communication rather than negotiation. The seminar will be held at Georgetown University in the Leavey Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road, N.W., from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in conference rooms 5 & 6. (See agenda below.)
The "New Diplomacy..." seminar will ask practitioners to look at the campaign for NATO enlargement for lessons to be learned by foreign affairs agencies. Participants from USIA, the Department of State, the National Security Council, the U.S. Senate, the Department of Defense, and private groups, as well as journalists and academics, will discuss the policy process and identify the best practices to guide foreign affairs professionals in the future. How did our institutions rise to the occasion? What role did embassies play? How did public outreach work and what can we learn about how to sustain a healthy dialogue with interested private groups? How do the media's demands for controversy affect a media strategy?
The bipartisan Senate vote to enlarge NATO to include Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary was the culmination of more than four years of diplomatic and policy work overseas and within the U.S. The NATO enlargement vote was considered by some to be the most important foreign policy vote before Congress in decades.
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The agenda for the seminar is as follows: The New Diplomacy: Lessons Learned from the Campaign for the First Round of NATO Enlargement Date: November 12, 1998 Time: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Place: Georgetown University Leavey Conference Center, Conference Rooms 5 & 6 3800 Reservoir Road, N.W. 1:00-1:10 WELCOME Tara Sonenshine Penn Kemble ISD Board of Directors USIA Deputy Director Co-chair Co-chair 1:10-1:30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS Lessons Learned from the Campaign for the First Round of NATO Enlargement Steve Erlanger Chief Diplomatic Correspondent The New York Times 1:30-2:30 PANEL ONE Policy Promotion, the New Diplomacy "New Diplomacy" sees communication rather than negotiation as the main work of diplomats. What can the campaign for enlargement teach us about the new demands and challenges for diplomats in an information intense, global environment? Jeremy Rosner Former Special Advisor on NATO Enlargement Ratification (S/NERO) Jonathan Spalter Associate Director for Information and Chief Information Officer, USIA Nicholas A. Rey Former U.S. Ambassador to Poland Bogulsaw Majewski Minister Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Poland 2:30-2:45 Break 2:45-3:00 REMARKS Public Diplomacy and the U.S. National Interest Penn Kemble, USIA Deputy Director 3:00-4:00 PANEL TWO Building a Broad-based Foreign Policy The vote on NATO enlargement was overwhelmingly bipartisan. What can we learn from this vote about laying the groundwork for foreign policy initiatives? Steve Flanagan Senior Director for Central and Eastern Europe, National Security Council Paul Gallis Senior Analyst, Congressional Research Service Ken Meyers Legislative Assistant for National Security and Defense for Sen. Lugar, U.S. Senate Michael Haltzel Minority Staff Director, subcommittee on European Affairs, Senate Foreign Relations Committee 3:45-4:45 PANEL THREE Selling NATO Enlargement to the Public In advocating foreign policy positions at home and abroad, are there new demands to address previously elite issues to a broader audience? What role does media play? What are lessons learned from the enlargement campaign for public engagement? Peter Slevin Reporter, The Washington Post Cameron Munter Former Deputy NATO Enlargement Ratification Office Sally Painter U.S. Committee to Expand Frank Koszorus Hungarian American Coalition 4:45-5:00 CONCLUSIONS 5:00-5:30 RECEPTION
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