Dr. Cynthia P. Schneider

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University


Diplomacy and Cultural Diplomacy

“Missing in Action”, Foreign Policy, August 15, 2013

“U.S. Embassy Learns a Hard Lesson on Twitter”, CNN Opinion, April 10, 2013,

“The U.S.  Gets It Wrong on Egypt – Again”, CNN Opinion, January 24, 2013,

“A Class Act in Diplomacy:  Leading with Humility”, Huffington Post, November 1, 2012,

With Khaled Abol Naga,  “Will Egypt’s New President Be a Reformer?”, CNN Opinion,  August 21, 2012.

“Abu Dhabi and  What It Means to be  a Global  Cultural Capital”, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, vol.13, issue 2, June, 2012

With Khaled  Abol Naga, “Egypt’s Military  Must Stop Torturing Detainees”, CNN  Opinion,  May 22,  2012.

With Khaled Abol Naga, “As Repression in Egypt Grows,  U.S.  Must Back Fair Vote”.

“Empowering Egyptian Women through Music”,

“Cultural Diplomacy for the 21st Century”

“Hard Power Trumps Soft in US Policy Towards Egypt”,

With Khaled Abol Naga, “Egypt’s Elections Can’t Be Trusted”, CNN Opinion, November 28, 2011,

“The Gospel of Sufism in Post-Revolutionary Egypt”, Huffington Post, September 16, 2011;.

With Akif Ahmad, “Pakistanis want a better future, just like us”. May 18, 2011, CNN Opinion.

With Nadia Oweidat, “A new Arab world is coming, with or without U.S.”CNN Opinion, February 28, 2011.

With Nadia Oweidat, “Why Washington was blindsided by Egypt's cry for freedom”. CNN Opinion,

“Richard Holbrooke and Rembrandt”, January 13, 2011.

“Cultural Diplomacy and the ‘Oh, I Didn’t Know That’ Factor”, Huffington Post, December 15, 2010.

“Cultural Diplomacy: the Humanizing Factor”,  in International Cultural Policies and Power, ed. J.P.Singh, Palgrave McMillan, 2012, pp. 101-112.

With Sam Schneider, "Beyond the Rhetoric: the Human Impact of Settlements", September 29, 2010, USC Center on Public Diplomacy blog (CPD blog).

“Explosions in Palestine, but Not What You Think”, August 24, 2010, Common Ground News Service.

“America in Alexandria, de Tocqueville in Arabic”, Huffington Post, July 7, 2010,

 With Hailey  Woldt, “Shanghai’d,  or the USA  Pavilion  as Corporate  Theme Park”, CPD blog, June 8, 2010.

“The Unrealized Potential of Cultural Diplomacy: ‘Best Practices’ and What Could Be, If Only…” The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, volume 39, Number 4/2009, pp. 260-279.

With Nadia Oweidat, “The Great Silencing: Intolerance and censorship in the Arab world”, CNN.com, October 13, 2009.

“It‘s the Culture, Stupid” World Politics Review, Oct.13, 2009.

New Way Forward: Encouraging Greater Cultural Engagement with Muslim Communities, Brookings Institution,

 “The Other Pakistan”, Newswire, CPD Blog, USC Center on Public Diplomacy, September 17, 2009.

“The Lockerbie Trial: a Unique Moment in International Justice and Diplomacy”, Huffington Post, August 21, 2009.

Mightier than the Sword: Arts and Culture in the U.S.-Muslim World Relationship, with Kristina Nelson, assisted by Mohammed Yousri, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution, 2008.

“Culture Communicates: Diplomacy that Works”, in The New Public Diplomacy: Soft Power in International Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.