SYRACUSE, N.Y. – U.S. Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine helped kick off Syracuse University's annual Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars Symposium Thursday.
This year's two day event held on the SU campus will focus on the politics of change, highlighting challenges and opportunities public diplomacy is facing and will face in the future.
Sonenshine gave SU students her insight on the role of modern public diplomacy, discussing the attacks in Libya, which recently came up in the last presidential debate. Her ultimate goal is to get students and youth engaged, interested and informed on international affairs for future global success.
Sonenshine said, "They are the ones who are going to build that prosperous, stable, secure and safe world that we all want."
"It definitely is something important. It gives you a different perspective of the world. It changes your world view. I think that's important and it's a really good tool for success," said SU graduate student Kelly McCray.
The symposium will continue Friday and will feature cultural performances and panel discussions addressing the importance of building relationships across borders.