Diplocraft: Strengthening Foreign Policy Through Subnational Diplomacy


January 17, 2023

The first-ever appointment of a Special Representative of Subnational Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State in late 2022 and the upcoming Cities Summit of the Americas in April 2023 reflect increased attention to the role of regions, states, and cities in international affairs. The event will explore how countries harness the international activities of cities to advance policy interests and foster economic relationships, technical cooperation, and progress on national and global policy agendas.

Ambassador Nina Hachigian, U.S. Special Representative for Subnational Diplomacy, will offer keynote remarks about vision and priorities for her new office, then join an illustrious panel to discuss the formal and informal channels of communication between national foreign ministries and their countries’ local governments engaging in global affairs. The panel will include His Excellency Jorge Argüello, Ambassador of Argentina to the U.S., as well as a mayor of a major U.S. city, and will be moderated by Tony Pipa, Senior Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Development at the Brookings Institution.

This will be a hybrid program, followed by an in-person networking reception.

For more information or to register, please contact mcde@meridian.org.