Dr. Liesl Riddle, Associate Dean for MBA Programs and Co-director of the Diaspora Research Program at George Washington University, will join State Alumni on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT for a webchat on the "Role of the Diaspora in Fostering Friendship Between the Homeland and Hostland."
Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero acknowledged the importance of the diaspora communities in her remarks during the launch of International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) at the Secretary's Global Diaspora Forum in May 2011, saying, "In many ways, you are the most effective diplomats we could have."
What are the best ways to use diaspora resources from the hostlands to create more stable and prosperous homelands? How can the diaspora bridge understanding and foster friendship?
You are invited to join Dr. Riddle as she discusses this subject. She welcomes your questions or comments on how to involve diasporas in foreign policy and development efforts to achieve common goals, as well as how the diaspora communities could forge partnerships with the private sector, civil society and public institutions to make the engagements with their home countries more effective, scalable and sustainable.
Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. She has conducted research among 16 different diaspora communities in the United States and Europe originating from countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East while studying diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 15 years.
To submit a question or comment now or during the webchat, please logon to https://alumni.state.gov/news2/qa-live. If you are not a member of the State Alumni and you would like to participate in this webchat, please register here.