Ben Leffel is a Sociology Ph.D. student at the University of California Irvine and is Director of Research for the Tai Initiative, a nonprofit facilitating U.S.-China subnational networking and citizen diplomacy. His research and work on innovative diplomacy has informed the work of the U.S. Department of State, the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office, several U.S. local governments and international organizations. He holds a Masters of International Affairs in China Studies from the School of International Service at the American University, and a BA in Political Science from Otterbein University.

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