Colleen Graffy

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Person.png Colleen GraffyRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, spook)
NationalityUSA
Alma materPepperdine University, Boston University, King's College London
Member ofBritish-American Project


Colleen Graffy is a former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy for Europe and Eurasia, and associate professor of law and Director of Global Programs at Pepperdine University School of Law and Academic Director of their London campus. She is Chairman of SEAL, the Society of English and American Lawyers. As academic director of the London Program, she was in charge of the London Moot and Clinical Program and taught International Public Law, International Environmental Law, International Law and the Use of Force, and Legal Ethics. Altogether, she has resided nearly 20 years in London, where she was often invited by the media to communicate the U.S. point of view on international issues.[1]

She joined the U.S. State Department in 2005, under president George W. Bush, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, the first person to hold that position. She reported to both the Assistant Secretary, Daniel Fried in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs and the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Karen Hughes, (later James Glassman). In that capacity she travelled to more than 40 countries working with US embassies and a Washington team to communicate US foreign policy, culture and values.

She was the first high level US government official to actively advance "Public Diplomacy 2.0" and use Twitter. In response to criticism for tweeting as a diplomat she wrote an Op-Ed on the importance of social media as a tool of public diplomacy in the Washington Post.[2] She introduced green diplomacy and the importance of visual communications in public diplomacy and launched the Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship, which brings together high school students from former Eastern bloc countries, Western Europe and the United States to study comparative constitutions and foster long-term relations among nations (sound like a agent of influence recruitment program), as well as the first "media hub" for the U.S. government with radio and television broadcasting facilities based in Brussels, Belgium.

She is a member of the think-tank Pacific Council on International Policy[3]

She is on the staff in the McCain Institute[4],named after deep state actor and politician John McCain, where she is responsible for hte 'next generation leader' program. "Since 2013, the Next Generation Leaders program has trained 45 leaders from around the world in values, ethics and character-driven leadership. The result is a global network of emerging leaders who shape the world we will inhabit in the future."[5], ie a program to groom the next generation of world leaders to be US agents of influence.


 

Event Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)
Democracy & Security International Conference5 June 20076 June 2007Czech Republic
Prague


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