The Ambassador’s Changing Mission: Commercial Diplomacy in the 21st Century


In addition, Charles E. Cobb, Jr., former undersecretary of Commerce, Bruce S. Gelb, former U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Alfred H. Kingon, former U.S. ambassador to the European Union, and Carl Spielvogel, former U.S. ambassador to the Slovak Republic, offered brief remarks.

The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Council of American Ambassadors co-sponsored an April 11 conference on The Ambassador’s Changing Mission in the 21st Century. An opening panel explored the growing importance and complexity of traditional diplomacy — representing and advocating America’s economic interests abroad. A second panel examined the ways in which commercial diplomacy has been used to achieve national security and foreign policy goals..