Scientists and engineers including Viterbi School Dean Yannis C. Yortsos will join diplomats and policy experts on the USC campus February 5th to discuss the role of their profession in international relations -- past, present and future.
Even during the tense times of the Cold War, Seib noted, American scientists worked with their Soviet counterparts, motivated by the belief that they could help states work out their differences. Currently, discussions between scientists provide a backchannel between unfriendly states, such as North Korea and the United States, or India and China.
Yannis C. Yortsos
The conference will feature presentations on a wide range of such interactions, according to Yortsos, who will chair a panel on “Science, Development, and Security.”
The United States Institute of Peace and its Center of Innovation for Science, Technology and Peacebuilding is co-sponsoring the conference. Vaughan Turekian, director of the Center for Science Diplomacy, American Association for the Advancement of Science, will be the keynote speaker on February 4.
In addition, the Partnership for a Secure America will discuss their science diplomacy initiative and next steps as they launch an expanded effort to engage the legislative and executive branches in better integration of science into diplomacy.
The conference is open to the public, but seating is limited. Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the USC Center on Public Diplomacy
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy is a joint research, analysis and professional training organization dedicated to furthering the study and practice of global public diplomacy. It was established in 2003 as a partnership between the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. The Center received the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy in recognition of the university's teaching, training and research in public diplomacy. The award was one of four inaugural awards from the U.S. State Department.