As part of the New America Foundation/American Strategy Program‘s new media roundtable series, I am hosting a small roundtable discussion today with British Council CEO Martin Davidson and British Council Board Member and communications expert Raoul Shah.
The event will run from 3pm to 4pm EST and will stream live here at The Washington Note.
The topic will be roughly “Britain’s Approach to Smart Power.”
I am going to moderate the discussion from Berlin via video skype – with some on site assistance from my colleague Amjad Atallah.
The British Council is the world’s largest cultural relations agency, which is receiving increased attention from US policymakers seeking to revamp America’s “public diplomacy” operations. Davidson is fresh off a trip to Lahore where he just released a major report on Pakistani youth.
Davidson is also going to discuss why the British Council has been thrown out of both Russia and Iran in the past two years – and what the consequences of that are as the Council tries to re-establish itself in both places.
— Steve Clemons