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Former US ambassador to the Netherlands

December 7th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Civil Society, International Relations, Media
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe, North Africa and Middle East, North America
Languages: Dutch, English, French
Field of Work: Academia, Government
City: Washington DC
Country: USA
Continent: North America


Cynthia Schneider Cynthia SchneiderAmbassador Cynthia P. Schneider is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Senior Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution, leading the Arts and Culture Initiative within the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. She was the US Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1998-2001 and a professor of Art History at Georgetown University for many years.

She also founded and co-directs Muslims on Screen and Television (MOST) to give more accurate portrayals of Muslims in the media and is currently developing with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and Georgetown University, the Global Initiative for Cultural Diplomacy (GICD) to raise awareness and encourage scholarship in that field. Dr. Schneider publishes and speaks frequently on topic related to arts, culture, and media and international affairs, particularly the Muslim world. Her writings range from blogs for the Huffington Post to policy papers for the Brookings Institution. Her talks include a TED presentation on the global impact of American Idol as well as speeches on the role of arts and culture in the U.S. –Islamic world relationship in venues from Kurdistan to Cairo and has been interviewed in many news outlets including CNN and PBS’s Newshour.

Dr. Schneider received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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