This is the kind of event that makes me wish I could spend more time in DC. A great line-up, talking about an important issue. Working out how to engage with non-traditional actors is a key aspect of modernising diplomacy – yet it can become a tick-box exercise, with little time spent on it and conducted with a lack of imagination that fails to deliver on its potential. I’d love to hear this panel talk about how to make it really work for a foreign ministry.
The Wilson Center’s Africa Program and The U.S. State Department Present:
QDDR in Action: Civil Society Sustainability in U.S. Foreign Policy
Thursday, May 17, 2012
9:00 – 11:00am
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
In February 2011, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton launched the Strategic Dialogue initiative with Civil Society to elevate U.S. engagement with partners beyond the government. Creating the Dialogue also fulfilled the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) commitment to build a framework for civil society involvement in policymaking. Over the last year, civil society has continued to play a critical role in democratization throughout the world, and the Dialogue has provided a model for how governments and civil society can work together to advance the common good.
The Wilson Center’s Africa Program is pleased to announce the event, “QDDR in Action: Civil Society Sustainability in U.S. Foreign Policy” which will take place on Thursday May, 17th from 9:00 – 11:00am in the 6th Floor Flom Auditorium. The event aims to dissect the Dialogue’s engagement and progress made. This discussion will feature: Dr. Tomicah Tillemann, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies and Chair of the Federal Advisory Committee on the Secretary’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society, U.S. Department of State; Ambassador Melanne Verveer (INVITED), Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State; Scott Busby, Director of the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Lisa Schirch, Director, 3P Human Security; and Dr. Chris Seiple, President of the Institute for Global Engagement. Steve McDonald, Director of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, will moderate this discussion.
Please send your RSVP to Derek J. Langford at Africa@wilsoncenter.org