The Foundation for International Understanding: Encouraging Innovation in Public Diplomacy

David M. Abshire President, Center for the Study of the Presidency
Joshua Fouts Director, Center on Public Diplomacy, USC Annenberg School for Communication
Stuart W. Holliday President, Meridian International Center; Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Special Political Affairs
David E. Morey President and CEO, DMG, Inc.

In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, then-Council Chairman Peter G. Peterson led an Independent Task Force to explore the potential of public diplomacy to reach the "hearts and minds" of enemies and allies alike. The Task Force recommended the creation of a private-public partnership that would integrate the entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector with government resources to facilitate new approaches to public diplomacy. This recommendation provided the framework for the Foundation for International Understanding (FIU), a grant-making organization that aims to make cutting-edge public diplomacy projects possible. Please join our panelists as they present their vision for the FIU as it transitions from concept to reality.

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