Transforming Diplomacy: A Roundtable with Ambassador Scott Brown and Ambassador Joseph Cella

Transforming Diplomacy

Ambassador Brown and Ambassador Cella achieved transformative diplomatic accomplishments during their tenures. Ambassador Brown served as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa from 2017 to 2020. He has a long history of public service, including as a United States Senator from Massachusetts (R, 2010–2013). Ambassador Cella served as Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu from 2019 to 2021. He has managed a number of successful political campaigns and served as senior adviser to the House Republican Steering Committee and the Republican Policy Committee. In this roundtable, they discussed the challenges they faced while at post - including the onset of the global pandemic - and their unique approaches to diplomacy.

Recording Index

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Ambassador Brown's Remarks

Ambassador Cella's Remarks


Climate Challenges

Prohibition of U.S. Navy Ship Visits in New Zealand

China's Presence in the Region

New Zealand's Relationship to China

Vaccine Diplomacy

Utilizing Soft Power