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Foreign Policy Panel: Games that Unite

  • Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)

When Korea beat Germany on June 27th, sending Mexico into the knockout rounds of the World Cup, Mexican fans around the world professed their newfound goodwill towards Korea. Does this affinity transfer to better relations between the countries? Sports can be used as a tool in diplomacy. President Richard Nixon opened relations with China through “ping pong diplomacy.” However, sports and sporting events can also drive a wedge between countries, such as the United States boycott of the 1980 summer Olympics, or the 1964 “soccer wars” between Honduras and El Salvador. To what extent are sports a tool for diplomacy between countries? In what other ways are sports used on the international stage?

Join the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC for a Foreign Policy Panel event, "Games that Unite; Sports in Diplomacy", as we discuss both the historical and current impact of sports, and how they affect the relationships between countries.


Amb. Lino Gutierrez- Executive Director, Una Chapman Cox Foundation; former US Ambassador to Argentina (2003-2006), Nicaragua (1996-1999).

Prof. Soolmaz Abooali- George Mason University; karate national champion and international medalist.


Noah Frank- sports writer for WTOP Radio


This event is in the Hemisphere Suites.

5:45pm-6:30pm WAC-DC Members-only reception in Hemisphere B
6:30pm-7:30pm Program in Hemisphere A

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In partnership with the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.