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The USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) will convene in Los Angeles on March 30 the Third CPD Summit on City Diplomacy. We will bring together city leaders, practitioners and scholars to explore current trends and pressing issues driving the next chapter of city diplomacy. The Summit will take stock of the growing role of subnational actors in navigating global policies and relationships, the value of networks for city diplomacy, latest research insights on frameworks and practices, and the convergence of sports diplomacy and city diplomacy in cities’ effective delivery of mega-events. The Summit will also highlight international engagement by the State of California, as subnational diplomacy encompasses a multitude of local actors from cities to states.

Just as cities were on the front lines of addressing the pandemic, they also offer public diplomacy platforms for fostering international understanding and cooperation to deal with a host of other concerns, including climate, trade, cybersecurity and immigration. With appropriate planning and resources, cities can build networks and partnerships for global impact while furthering the interests of their constituents. To address these possibilities and challenges, since 2018, CPD has been hosting summits and private roundtables on city diplomacy, and publishing research and analysis on the topic. This third summit will further explore analytical insights and practical solutions to seek better ways to connect local communities for a more peaceful and prosperous world.

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