Type: Seminar

Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan


Susan C. Doman

Date & time

Jan 28, 2020, 11:30 am-12:50 pm EST


This is not a public event. Seminar is open to Ford School students only. 

Please join us for a Lunch Talk with Susan C. Doman in conversation with Associate Professor John Ciorciari, director of Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center about the Public Diplomacy in Afghanistan.

For eighteen years, the U.S. government has led the international effort to build peace and a stronger state in Afghanistan. That mission depends crucially on public diplomacy—communicating U.S. policies, values and objectives to the population of Afghanistan and neighboring states while promoting education and developing local state capacity. In this lunch conversation, Susan Doman will discuss her experience leading public diplomacy efforts in Afghanistan, first as U.S. Embassy Spokesperson (2015-16) and then as Deputy Director for Press and Public Diplomacy in the Office of South and Central Asian Affairs in Washington (2016-17). She will also draw on her extensive experience in other State Department roles in discussing the practice of public diplomacy.

Lunch will be served. 

Please sign up here.

Susan Doman will also host office hours from 1:30-3:30pm. Please sign up here.


About the Speaker: 

Susan C. Doman is a consultant providing subject matter expertise on the diplomatic instrument of power to military and commercial clients. Susan retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2017 after serving twenty years as a Foreign Service Officer. Her last Foreign Service posting was as Deputy Director of Press and Public Diplomacy, Office of South and Central Asian Affairs. Prior assignments include Spokesperson U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan; Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Army North in San Antonio, Texas; Spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria; Spokesperson U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia; Civilian Observer in the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Peninsula; Narcotics Affairs Officer U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia; and Vice Consul/Chief of American Citizen Services U.S. Consulate General Monterrey, Mexico.  She spent two years as the Chair of Diplomatic Studies on the faculty of the Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.  

Before joining the Foreign Service, Susan held a variety of positions in the nuclear energy industry, working in maintenance, training, quality assurance, public affairs and government relations.  She obtained her Senior Reactor Operator certification at Detroit Edison’s Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant.  She started her professional career in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power program as an electronics technician/reactor operator.

Susan is from Louisville, Kentucky, and a graduate of the University of Toledo.  She earned a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College. She speaks Spanish and courtesy Dari.