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Dec 16

WikiLeaks: A Black Eye to U.S. Diplomacy

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continues to fan the flames of the diplomatic firestorm by releasing thousands of cables revealing confidential sentiments among U.S. and foreign diplomats. Between Saudi officials encouraging the invasion of Iran to the potential “hand holding” of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the U.S. State Department is assessing the impact of these leaks, but things don’t look good. Foreign diplomats, some of whom are reluctant to publicly acknowledge their relations with the U.S., will likely become more hesitant to share their insights as well as associate with the United States on major diplomatic concerns, if what they say could become public. Assange’s assault on the rights of nations to manage their foreign policy and conduct diplomacy limits diplomatic capabilities and hinders America’s alliances. Please join our panel of experts to assess the impact on the U.S. State Department, key embassies and the current and future state of cybersecurity.

More About the Speakers

Lisa Curtis
Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center

Paul Rosenzweig
Visiting Fellow, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies

Cully Stimson
Senior Legal Fellow, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies

Ambassador Terry Miller
Director, Center for International Trade and Economics  (Moderator)