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Matthew Wallin

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Chief Operating Officer

Expertise:  Public diplomacy, military history, national security policy, nuclear security, U.S.-Russia relations, asymmetric operations

Matthew Wallin is ASP’s Chief Operating Officer, a member of its board of directors, and has led ASP’s research on public diplomacy and strategic communications since 2011. As an expert in national security strategy and international relations, Matthew’s work at ASP has also focused on nuclear security,  asymmetric operations, and includes launching ASP’s program on U.S.-Russia relations.

Wallin completed his Masters in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California in 2010. While at USC, his studies focused on the public diplomacy implications of military conflict and viral communication by non-state actors. Prior to that, he received his B.A. in Political Science with a focus in international relations from California State University, Long Beach.

Wallin has experience at the U.S. Department of State’s press office, assisting with the daily State Department press briefings and answering media inquiries on official U.S. foreign policy. Afterwards, he joined the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, where he shaped its research and programming on science diplomacy as a means of preventing conflict between states.

In his spare time, Matthew is a professional photographer, specializing in aviation, automotive and portraiture. Additionally, he is a classic car enthusiast, and a “living historian,” educating the public about veterans, U.S. military history, and participating in various public events as a WWII reenactor.

He is also a member of the Public Diplomacy Council of America.

Key Work:

A New American Message

The New Public Diplomacy Imperative

Military Public Diplomacy

The Challenges of the Internet and Social Media in Public Diplomacy

US Foreign Policy Toward Russia

Recent Posts

Why has the Ukrainian Counter Offensive Progressed so Slowly?

Posted on: July 25th, 2023

Why American Credibility on Taiwan is at Stake in Ukraine

Posted on: June 27th, 2023

What the Transfer of Abrams and Leopard Tanks to Ukraine Means for the War

Posted on: January 26th, 2023

The Iranian Protest Movement: Different or Doomed to Failure?

Posted on: December 6th, 2022

Despite Ukraine’s Military Success, it’s too Early to Celebrate

Posted on: September 14th, 2022