Diplomacy, Politics and Power
A World Fest Conversation with Kathleen Doherty and Michael Nelson
Thursday, April 22 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM PST | Via Zoom

Michael Nelson and Kathleen Doherty have navigated the complex interplay of diplomacy, politics, and power at the national and international level. Join us as they share their experiences dealing with a variety of players through different administrations to provide a glimpse into US policy and international relations.

Kathleen Doherty has had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of State, where she served as a dean of the Foreign Service Institute, the State Department’s premier training facility for U.S. diplomats, as the U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus, and in senior leadership positions in the U.S. Embassies in Rome, Moscow, and London, as well as in Washington, DC.  When serving as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, she received one of the State Department’s highest awards for her work on relations between the United States and the European Union, and has received more than a dozen other State Department awards.  She is currently the Chief Strategy and Retreats Officer for the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands,

Michael Nelson directs the Carnegie Endowment’s Technology and International Affairs Program, which helps decisionmakers understand and address the impacts of emerging technologies, including digital technologies, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Carnegie, he held policy positions with Cloudflare, Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group, Bloomberg Government, IBM, the Information, Communication, and Computing Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the institute for International Communications, the Senate’s Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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