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Education-Cultural Chief to Discuss Public Diplomacy Impact

Evan Ryan

Evan Ryan (Department of State/ECA)

14 February 2015. Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, will discuss the role of public diplomacy in U.S. foreign policy and national security, as well as the importance of people-to-people international exchanges in building more secure, democratic, and prosperous societies. Her talk takes place Thursday, 19 February 2015, at 6:00 pm on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Ryan oversees a wide range of academic, cultural, private sector, professional, youth, and sports exchange programs to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and promote peaceful relations. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs includes exchange programs that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and emerging leaders in more than 160 countries and in the United States.

She became Assistant Secretary in 2013. From 2009 to 2013, Ryan served in the White House as Assistant to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement.  In this role she served as the Vice President’s liaison to elected officials and constituency groups. Previously, Ryan was a Consultant for the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.

In 2005, Ryan was Deputy Chair for the Governance track of the Clinton Global Initiative. From 2003 to early 2004, she served as a Deputy Director of Communications for the John Kerry for President Campaign, and before that she was the Director of Scheduling for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senatorial campaign.

The discussion is sponsored by GWU’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, and takes place Thursday, 19 February  2015, at 6:00 pm, at Elliott School of International Affairs, room B12, 1957 E Street NW, in Washington, D.C. (Metro: Farragut West or Foggy Bottom). The event is free but advance registration is required.

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