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Tara Sonenshine

Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Tara Sonenshine now is a Distinguished Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

Previously, she served as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, during Hillary Clinton’s tenure.

Her earlier government service includes service as Transition Director and Director of Foreign Policy Planning at the National Security Council (1997) and Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Communications at the White House National Security Council (1994).

She has also served as Executive Vice President for the United States Institute of Peace (2009-2012) as well as a strategic planning and media consultant to World Learning, International Crisis Group and the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Tara Sonenshine was also the Editorial Producer for the “Nightline” program at ABC News.

She received her BA in Political Science from Tufts University in 1981.

Articles by Tara Sonenshine

U.S. vs the World? Women as Top Political Leaders

To this day, most prime ministers and presidents are men. Women are not even close, despite some progress.

February 10, 2016

2014 In The Rear View Mirror

Let’s close the books on 2014 with a degree of joy that the year is ending.

December 31, 2014

Nurses Urgently Needed: Another Critical Global Shortage

Why nurses need us to care.

October 19, 2014

Health Diplomacy vs. Health Terrorism

Two sides of a deadly coin.

September 13, 2014

Water as the Oil of the 21st Century

Water, water everywhere ... and nowhere.

August 31, 2014

Ebola: An Opportunity for Public Diplomacy

The Ebola virus is proof that foreign policy is not “foreign.”

August 4, 2014

WANTED: A Foreign Policy Slogan

The search for a “post” to describe U.S foreign policy continues.

June 27, 2014

It’s Memorial Day: Give Your Kid a Break

The SAT bores and tortures students – and has nothing to do with education.

May 25, 2014

The Balkans Challenge: Can Weather Woes Forge Political Partnerships?

The storm clouds over the Balkans have a silver lining, as they may help the region find solidarity.

May 19, 2014

Food and Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic Cuisine

What can food teach us about global conflicts and creative diplomacy?

March 2, 2014