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Live Webcast: Media as Global Diplomat II – New Findings on the Science of Media & Conflict

Today the Washington, DC-based United States Institute of Peace (USIP) will host a symposium and live webcast on the impact of New media Now media on global conflict resolution.

* Are social media tools and technologies at the core of statecraft in the 21st century?
* What do new research findings suggest is the impact of social media and strategic communications in a world where that statecraft is increasingly about non-state actors?
* Can interaction between cultural and geopolitical opponents enabled by social media shape attitudes and perceptions that can lead to resolution of long-standing, seemingly intractable conflicts, especially in the middle East and central Asia?
* Is the “War of Ideas” an oxymoron?

These and other questions about the role of media, public diplomacy and the promotion of global democracy will be the subject of USIP’s second Media as Global Diplomat event. The original took place on February 2, 2009.
Event information from USIP’s webste:

Keynote Speaker: Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan

Watch the live webcast, follow the event tweets and chat with participants live during this event!

While public diplomacy experts struggle to develop strategic communications campaigns to win hearts and minds abroad, new research on the frontiers of neuroscience and psychology suggests a different approach. This meeting, co-sponsored by the USIP Center of Innovation for Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding and the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, will bring researchers and media makers together in an unprecedented dialogue on these new findings and their implications for the international community’s ability to use media to prevent conflict.

Media as Global Diplomat I convened leading thinkers at the start of the new Administration to focus much needed attention on the dramatically changing media landscape, and how America could re-engage the world with a public diplomacy strategy adapted to the digital age.

Since that time, there have been countless reports and meetings held to discuss public diplomacy strategy and the best ways to deliver positive messages — without much understanding as to what is a “positive” message or a “negative” message or under what circumstances such messages have greater or less impact on conflict. And yet research on the relationship between media and inter-group conflict shows that these are vitally important questions, for which we are only beginning to have answers — thanks to advancements in brain imaging and psychophysiology methodologies that have literally allowed us to “get inside people’s heads.”

This meeting will discuss the public policy implications of some of the most interesting findings to date, with particular focus on research commissioned by the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund from labs at Harvard, MIT, and the New School.

Agenda (In Progress)

11:30 – 1:00 P.M. The Storytellers: News, Drama, and the Public Interest

* Tamara Gould, Moderator
Vice President, ITVS International Distribution
* Michael Medavoy
Hollywood Studio Executive (Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull, and others)
Author of “American Idol after Iraq: Winning Hearts and Minds in the Global Media Age“
* Riz Khan
Senior News Anchor, Al Jazeera English
* Arik Bernstein
Founder, Alma Films
Creator, Gaza-Sderot – Life in spite of everything
* Lucas Welch
President and Founder, Soliya

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