Citizen Diplomacy International Meeting #8

About Citizen Diplomacy International

Due to globalization, the internet, rising education levels, and long-term democratization, citizen diplomacy is growing, and becoming a more important part of diplomacy and international affairs.  Thus, in 2020, the Public Diplomacy Council of America (PDCA), a US-based NGO devoted to advancing the field of public diplomacy, formed the Citizen Diplomacy Research Group (CDRG) to advance the research and practice of citizen diplomacy.  In 2023, the CDRG became Citizen Diplomacy International (CDI), a network and program of Learning Life, a Washington DC-based nonprofit devoted to developing innovative learning communities in order to widen and deepen participation in democracy and diplomacy.  

CDI meets every three months online via Zoom for 1.5 hours to share research and news on citizen diplomacy developments worldwide with an eye to building a vibrant global CD sector for a more participatory, equitable and sustainable world..  Meetings typically begin with two presentations on CD research or practice, followed by discussion of the presentations, then news and announcements of past or upcoming international CD-related initiatives, publications, funding, conferences, etc. 

Anyone  — including scholars, students, citizen diplomacy practitioners, current and retired official diplomats, and others interested — can join CDI to learn, network, and/or present substantial research or practice in citizen diplomacy. For more information or to join the CDI email list, contact You can also connect with CDI members via our Facebook group and Linkedin group, to which you can post citizen diplomacy-related articles, books, events, funding, etc. 

For more about CDI, click here.  For the video recording of this CDI meeting at Learning Life’s Youtube Channel, click here.  Photos from the meeting above.  

Meeting Participants & Agenda

More than 25 participants joined the meeting from about twelve countries: USA, Mexico, St Lucia, Somalia, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, China, and South Korea. 

1) Opening Remarks & Introductions  (10 minutes)

Review the agenda. During this time everyone is encouraged to post to the chat a one-paragraph bio about themselves.  Introductions via chat saves us time, provides written details about you, and allows us to share your info after the meeting with those who could not attend.  

2) Special Panel Discussion (30 minutes): 

Discussion Focus: The Consequences of Covid for Citizen Diplomacy 


Elizabeth (Libby) Lyons is an environmental scientist with a career at the U.S. National Science Foundation in Washington DC, USA.  Libby has proposed an action plan for post-pandemic science diplomacy.  

Kadir Jun Ayhan is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Public Diplomacy.

Kelsey Edmonds has researched sister city relationships and is a doctoral candidate in public administration at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA.   

Siobhan Lyons is President & CEO of Citizen Diplomacy International in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

3) Questions & Discussion (35 minutes)

4) Announcements (15 minutes).  

A) Next CDRG meeting dates.  

B) The latest CD Bulletin.  

C) Meeting participants have the opportunity to publicize citizen diplomacy events, publications, projects, programs, and related needs.  Participants can also post details and links to the Zoom chat box.  Following the meeting, the chat box messages will be shared to the CDRG email list along with a video record of the meeting.