Global Ties Forum Series

Conversations about how the United States can build trust to advance the partnerships necessary for 21st-century challenges.

The Global Ties Forum is a series of conversations, currently virtual, designed to examine how the United States can build trust between local and global communities to advance the partnerships necessary for 21st-century challenges. The series brings together emerging and influential leaders to deconstruct the data, programs, and strategy that affect the relationships we need for this moment. By focusing on the social dimension of global affairs and the role of citizen diplomacy, the Global Ties Forum will unpack the connections between U.S. foreign policy priorities and the subnational and public diplomacy programs conducted in communities nationwide by the Global Ties Network. 


Building New Forms of Citizen Engagement: Global Views and Trends

Thursday, December 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research at Pew Research Center, along with other special guests, will look at a new study from Pew, to be released in early December. The event will provide an overview of the study’s findings, which presents views from more than 15 countries on citizenship and civic engagement, and discuss what those working to broaden the scale of citizen diplomacy should take from this data.  




Foreign Policy and the People: Connecting Subnational and Public Diplomacy

Erin Bromaghim, new Deputy Mayor of International Affairs for the City of Los Angeles, and other experts explored recent reports and initiatives on city and state diplomacy, including the creation of a new office in the U.S. Department of State, and how these activities connect with longstanding U.S. public diplomacy initiatives that engage international audiences. U.S. Department of State speakers Stacy White, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges at the U.S. Department of State, and Maryum Saifee, Senior Advisor for the Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion detailed the need for subnational diplomacy as part of U.S. domestic and foreign policy. Jay Wang, Director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy and Janet Elliott (moderator), President and CEO of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, shared how Los Angeles is working to maximize citizen engagement in foreign affairs.

View bios, reports, and event recording HERE

Wednesday, November 9, 2022


Experiencing Expos: U.S. Citizens’ Engagement with a Vital Public Diplomacy Platform

Following Expo 2020, this past March, Global Ties Network members across the U.S. hosted a series of Community Conversations to explore the socio-cultural impact of Expos. This event was a conclusion of the series, and featured Bob Clark, United States Commissioner General at Expo 2020 Dubai, in conversation with U.S. Department of State Expo Unit Representative, Anthony Pahigian, Youth Ambassadors Brienné Coates, and Mikyle Hassanali, Anna Kaplan, Ph.D., co-author of Experiencing Expos, and Global Ties U.S. President & CEO Katherine Brown, Ph.D., who discussed the impact of Expos on the U.S. citizens who experience them.

Thursday, July 7, 2022 | Watch


How the World Sees the United States Today

In partnership with Pew Research Center

What do people around the world like and dislike about U.S. society and politics? How does global public opinion affect U.S. soft power as we increasingly need allies to advance foreign policy? What does this mean for U.S. citizens who support our foreign policy goals via citizen diplomacy? Richard Wike, Ph.D., Director of Global Attitudes Research at the Pew Research Center, joined us for an overview of findings from his new study, “What People Around the World Like – and Dislike – About American Society and Politics,” and a discussion on what this data means for U.S. soft power, foreign policy, and the role of citizen diplomacy.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 | Watch


Building a Domestic Constituency for Public Diplomacy

In partnership with the Public Diplomacy Council

Annette Alvarez, Executive Director of Global Ties Miami, Felecia Maxfield-Barrett, Executive Director of the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, and Katherine Brown, President & CEO of Global Ties U.S., discussed strategies for communicating to federal and other government officials the impact of public diplomacy and international exchanges on both participants and U.S. hosts and domestic communities.

Monday, November 1, 2021 | Watch


How Climate Change Impacts Global Conflict

In partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Tegan Blaine, Ph.D., Senior Advisor on environment and conflict at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), joined Katherine Brown, Ph.D., President & CEO of Global Ties U.S., and the Global Ties Network for a special conversation on environmental peacebuilding – what it means, strategies for practical application, and emerging priorities.

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | Watch




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