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Collaboration or Catastrophe: Leadership and Reputational Security Today

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for an online discussion with Nick Cull to look at the impact of the Covid 19 crisis on the battle of images between the United States and China.

May 28, 2020 4:00pm to 5:30pm


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This talk will look at the impact of the Covid 19 crisis on the battle of images between the United States and China.  It will consider the key strategies of communication and public diplomacy used so far in the crisis and consider the optimal approach.  Cull has argued that preserving and developing a positive reputation should be considered an aspect of national security in the 21st century.  He has described the current crisis as a moment of reputational reckoning when the familiar ranking of soft power is in flux, with significant implications for world leadership.

Nicholas J. Cull teaches at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He was the founding director of the master's program in public diplomacy and part of the team recognized by the Department of State with the Benjamin Franklin award. From 2004 to 2019, Cull served as president of the International Association for Media and History. He has provided advice and training in public diplomacy to a number of foreign ministries and cultural agencies around the world. 


August 5, 2020 - 4:00pm

During this digital report launch, PEN America and our panelists will discuss the pressures filmmakers confront and the choices they make in order to have their films be shown in China. 

August 20, 2020 - 4:00pm

The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a webinar with Han Li to examine how Chinese are rediscovering the rural China and idealizing rural life in the social media age. She'll also look at the social and political forces driving this trend.