WikiLeaks - Part II: Will WikiLeaks Transform American Diplomacy?

WikiLeaks - Part II: Will WikiLeaks Transform American Diplomacy?

Join us for the second installment of our WikiLeaks mini-series, a discussion of the diplomatic cables release with Geoffrey Cowan, Dean Emeritus of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Ambassador Derek Shearer, Occidental College.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6275 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095


This panel, the second installment in our 3-part series on WikiLeaks, will be moderated by Burkle Center Director Kal Raustiala. The panelists will consider the implications of WikiLeaks’ latest release for American diplomacy. Have the media played a responsible or even defensible role by releasing these diplomatic cables? What will be the effect on the future relationship of the media and American diplomats in particular and the media and the American government in general? Are the media supposed to protect the establishment or act as a watchdog in the public interest? 


  •  GEOFFREY COWAN: Geoffrey Cowan is a University Professor at the University of Southern California where he holds the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership and directs the Annenberg School’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. He is also the first President of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands which the Annenberg Foundation created as a world-class venue for important retreats for top government officials and leaders in the fields of education, philanthropy, the arts, culture, science and medicine. From 1996 to 2007, Professor Cowan was the dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Before coming to USC, he served as Director of the Voice of America and Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau. In other public service roles, Cowan served on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, chaired the Los Angeles commission that drafted the city’s ethics and campaign finance law, and chaired the California Bipartisan Commission on Internet Political Practices. He previously taught communication law and policy at UCLA, where he was founding director of the university's Center for Communication Policy. Cowan is an elected member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Walter Lippmann Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of the Pacific Council for International Policy, and Chairman of the Board of the California HealthCare Foundation.                                                                                                                          

  • DEREK SHEARER: Stuart Chevalier Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College. Prior to his tenure at Occidental College, Shearer served in the Clinton administration as an economics official in the Commerce Department, then as ambassador to Finland (1994-97). After diplomatic service, Shearer was a fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Scholars Center. He also was a visiting Woodrow Wilson fellow and ambassador-in-residence at a number of colleges. He served as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign and as an advisor to Sen. Hillary Clinton during the 2007-08 presidential primaries. Shearer's articles on foreign affairs and public policy have appeared in The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He has written many scholarly and policy articles and lectured at leading universities in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a U.S.-Japan Leadership Fellowship, and a Swedish Bicentennial Fellowship, among other honors.




parking in Lot 3, either pay-by-space or $ 10 all-day

Cost : free of charge

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations