Quote: “When this country was attacked in 2001, you saw across the globe, you saw walls go up around embassies in a way that had been unseen […] Over the course of the past decade, 13, 14, years later, we’ve seen how little that has served us and how misunderstood Americans are across the world. And if we’re not able to offer a better response, a hopeful message, an optimistic view, optimism has driven the American way of life and American aspirations since the inception of this nation. If we can not communicate that, if we can’t communicate that message of hope, the role of the United States as a soft power is immediately diminished.”
Cathryn Clüver is the Executive Director of The Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University. She has ten years of experience in journalism and communications, during which she covered international affairs, especially EU politics. She also served at the European Policy Centre in Brussels. In 2009 she worked for the second Bloomberg mayoral administration in New York City.