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Diplomatic Maneuvers and Journalistic Coverage in a Time of Reset, Pivot and Rebalance

April 16, 2013 - April 18, 2013

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Categories: Conference/Symposium

Milton Wolf Seminar 2013

Vienna, Austria, April 16 – 18, 2013

This was the fourth year in a row that the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication co-organized the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy with the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna and the American Austrian Foundation.

About the 2013 Milton Wolf Seminar

The 2013 Milton Wolf seminar addressed the critical role of diplomats and journalists in shaping the outcomes of what we call global geopolitical pivots. Pivots in this case refer to emergent geopolitical shifts around which multiple stakeholders – from major powers, to multilateral organizations, to bloggers working in isolation – seek to provide input on the most appropriate outcomes. Examples of contemporary global pivots considered during the 2013 Seminar included: the ultimate resolution of the Arab Spring countries, the shifts in geopolitical approaches to Syria, calls for regime change in Iran, and the intense Western attention to reform movements and government change in Burma (Myanmar). Discussions explored the critical role of narrative construction in shaping diplomatic outcomes vis-à-vis these case studies. How do diplomats, journalists, and other stakeholders seek to advocate for particular outcomes, and to what effect? Conversely, how do these geopolitical pivots or shifts affect on-going narratives of democratization, shifts from authoritarian regimes, and the role of media and communications in diplomacy?

Read about the 2013 theme, agenda, and panelists here. You can also find more information about past and future Milton Wolf Seminars series here and on our Facebook Page.  You may also want to read blog posts written by our 2013 Emerging Scholar Delegates, which are hyperlinked below.

Twitter Hashtag: #MWS2013

For more information, please contact: Amelia Arsenault[aarsenault@asc.upenn.edu]


2013 Emerging Scholars Program

The Milton Wolf Seminar Represents a unique opportunity for distinguished diplomats, academics, and media practitioners to interact with graduate students and other emerging scholars in an intimate and intellectually engaging setting. In order to maximize opportunities for students and emerging scholars and to enrich the discussions, this year, the seminar organizers elected seven outstanding PhD students, advanced MA candidates, emerging scholars or equivalents working in areas related to seminar themes. Those delegates were chosen from an elite pool of applicants nominated by their home institutions. Selected student and emerging scholar delegates received full funding to attend the Seminar.

The Emerging Scholars Program was made possible by the support of the American Austrian Foundation.

These distinguished delegates not only participated in the seminar discussions but also served as the seminar blog team, documenting key themes evolving out of the discussions. Learn more about the 2013 Emerging Scholar Delegates and read their blog posts below.


About the Delegates

The seven distinguished delegates include:

1. Kat Borlongan, Consultant, Head of Internation Affairs, Voxe.org. Read her essay: “The case for NGO news.”

2. Katherine Brown, PhD Candidate, Columbia University. Read her essay: “Amplifying Government: The Role of the News Media in Diplomacy.”

3. Omar Al -Ghazzi, PhD Student, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Read his essay: “What makes a narrative? Interrogating the story of the ‘Arab Spring’.”

4. Nour Issam Halabi, PhD Student, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Read her essay: “Negotiating the Boundaries of a New Media Ecology.”

5. Meredith Hall, PhD Candidate, New School for Social Research. Read her essay: “On Screen: The Visibility of Strategic Narratives.”

6. Cesar Jimenez-Martinez, PhD Candidate, London School of Economics. Read his essay: “Narratives Matter Because They Feed Our Imagination.”

7. Efe Sevin, PhD Candidate, American University. Read his essay: “The Undiscovered Country: Managing and Analyzing Pivots.”