I have been an independent consultant since 1999. I specialize in designing, monitoring and evaluating programs that support cross-cultural understanding and local-to-global enterprises, including public-private partnerships (P3s). Prior, I was a supervisory academic exchange program manager with the U.S. Information Agency for 13 years, co-founded a non-profit education and training firm and coordinated public management research for a George Washington University-Bearing Point partnership. My consultancy, research and civic engagement focus on engagement with diasporas and conflict mediation. I have a doctorate in public policy and public administration, with a concentration in international development, and I continue to conduct research on diplomacy and development. Other experience includes: graduate level teaching; writing; editing; fundraising; community organizing; and basic competency in Russian and modern standard Arabic. CV 

Current and recent research projects:

Evaluator for the Arab American Institute Foundation project, “U.S. MENA - Tunisian Peer-to-Peer Partnerships for Good Governance” in four Tunisian localities .

“Many Voices, Many Hands: Widening Participatory Dialogue to Improve Diplomacy’s Impact,” May, 2018, University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy Perspectives Paper 4, Los Angeles: Figueroa Press.

How Practices of Genuine Dialogue and Participatory Communication Work Together in Public and Citizen Diplomacy Partnerships, 2018. view PDF

Outputs, Outcomes, and Impacts of Three Diaspora-Engaging Public-Private Partnerships, 2018. view PDF

Montgomery County, Maryland-Morazán, El Salvador Sister City Partnership Chronology of Activities, 2018. view PDF

"A Moment of Opportunity: Zika, Diasporas, and Public-Private Partnership," July 6, 2016, University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy Blog

"Cultural Diplomacy Partnerships: Cracking the Credibility Nut with Inclusive Participation," in Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future, 2016. Public Diplomacy Council, Washington, D.C.

Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future (ed.). (2016). Public Diplomacy Council, Washington, D.C., and online.

Khaldoun AbouAssi and Deborah L. Trent. (2016). “NGO Accountability from an NGO Perspective: Perceptions, Strategies, and Practices.” Public Administration and Development 36: 283-296

Administering Diversity: Transnational, Collaborative Engagement through Public-Private Partnerships in Lebanon, the U.S., and Beyond
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2014-2016 Non-resident Research Fellow, University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Center on Public Diplomacy: “Gauging the Quality of Public-Private Partnership Programs involving U.S.-based Diasporas

Participant, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) in Peacebuilding Community of Practice, International Mediators Community of Practice

Khaldoun AbouAssi and Deborah L. Trent, (2015), "NGO Accountability from an NGO Perspective: Their Perceptions, Strategies, and Practices, Program on Governance and Local Development, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, http://www.gld.gu.se/gldworkingpapers.html

Ph.D., Public Policy and Public Administration, The George Washington University, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, 2012, Dissertation: Transnational, Trans-Sectarian Engagement: A Revised Approach to U.S. Public Diplomacy toward Lebanon,  http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/doc/1038836409.html?FMT=AI

Research Fellow, Arab American Institute, Washington, D.C., 2009-2010

Contributor, “Pilot Project for The Democracy Workshop,” by Robert Stoker, Eric Lawrence, Wilhelmine Miller, Lori Brainard, and John Dryzek, January, 2009, George Washington University Institute of Public Policy, http://gwipp.gwu.edu/files/downloads/Working_Paper_037_DemocracyWorkshop.pdf  

Khaldoun AbouAssi and Deborah L. Trent (2013), “Understanding Local Participation amidst Challenges: Evidence from Lebanon in the Global South.” Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 24(4): 1113-37

"American Diaspora Diplomacy: U.S. Foreign Policy and Lebanese Americans." (2012) Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, The Hague, http://www.clingendael.nl/publications/2012/20121206_discussionpaperindiplomacy_125_trent_beveiligd.pdf  

James Edwin Kee, Kathryn E. Newcomer, Deborah L. Trent, Valerie Oster, Sasha Rosen, Dan Proudfoot, Whitney Setzer, Mike Davis, and Allen Cermak, (2007, April), Leading Change, Managing Risk: The Leadership Role in Public Sector Transformations. Report of the Center for Innovation in Public Service, GW and BearingPoint

Kathryn E. Newcomer, Deborah L. Trent, Brent Bushey, Charlene Johnson, Mike Davis, and Allen Cermak, (2006, October), A Strategic Framework for Implementation of Human Capital Management in the Federal Government. Report of the Center for Innovation in Public Service, GW and BearingPoint

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