November 28, 2017

Diplomacy at State & Local Levels

A Two-Day Seminar
for State and City Officials

September 26-27, 2018
Washington, DC



As U.S. cities and states increasingly conduct their own diplomacy with foreign counterparts, this three-day symposium is designed to prepare their officials engaged in international affairs to initiate, develop and improve programs and relationships abroad. Some of the most respected diplomats in recent decades will provide an insider’s view of U.S. diplomacy, and explains how to use its global infrastructure to achieve state and local goals. Participants will also learn skills in negotiation, trade and investment, consular affairs and MOU writing. They will have opportunities to network and socialize with speakers and fellow attendees.


8:00 a.m. Welcome Breakfast

9:00 a.m. The Trump Effect on U.S. and Global Diplomacy and the World Order
This session focuses on the impact the Trump administration has had on the way the United States conducts diplomacy around the world, its dealings with foreign governments, and the state of global diplomacy and international relations. It also examines how U.S. leadership and attitudes toward it have changed in the past year.

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. Behind the Scenes of U.S. Policy-Making and Implementation
This session looks on how the foreign-policy sausage is made in Washington. It examines the roles of the various national-security and foreign-policy agencies of the U.S. government, including the State Department, USAID, the Departments and Defense and Commerce, the Treasury and the intelligence community.

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Utilizing the Domestic U.S. Foreign-Policy Infrastructure
This session focuses on how local governments can navigate and utilize the federal government infrastructure in Washington as part of their dealings with foreign countries. It examines competing priorities and different bureaucratic cultures among different agencies, as well as between the executive and legislative branches. It also addresses tensions between political leaders and civil servants.

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. Utilizing the Global U.S. Foreign-Policy Infrastructure
This session explores how local governments can navigate and utilize the U.S. diplomacy infrastructure around the world, as well as its relationships with foreign governments. It provides insights into the work of the U.S. Foreign Service at embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions.

5:00 p.m. End of Session

5:30 p.m. Reception


8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Consular Affairs: Visa Policies and Operations, and American Citizen Services Abroad
This session provides a look at the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs’ policies and operations, both in Washington and overseas. It also helps participants to activate their members of Congress to assist with specific requests.

10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. Trade and Investment: Challenges to the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service
This session looks at the latest developments and trends in bilateral and multilateral trade and foreign investment, and at how they have been affected by the current administration. It also addresses the challenges the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service and embassies around the world face in securing a level playing field for American business.

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Memorandum of Understanding Writing
This session provides instructions on how to write effective Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) in a diplomatic context at the local government level.

3:00 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. Persuasion and Negotiation: Tools and Techniques
This session provides specific tools and techniques necessary in negotiations with foreign governments. It also addresses short-term and long-term relationship-building, as well as relevant aspects of intercultural communication.

5:00 p.m. Conclusion and Presenting of Certificates

5:30 p.m. Reception



The cost of the symposium includes all sessions, breakfast, lunch, receptions and taxes. You can register using our secure credit-card payment system below. If you’d like to pay by check or to inquire about a discount for multiple registrations from the same organization, please send us a message using the form at the bottom of this page or call us on 202-656-9828.


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