The Charney Forum on New Diplomacy is the brainchild of philanthropist Tzili Charney. She has devoted all her effort to improving the fields of education, conflict resolution, and peace. Her vision is to deliver the message of New Diplomacy to institutions, governments, and organizations worldwide. Tzili Charney’s motto: “the only permanent element in all of our lives is change.”


Leon Charney (July 23, 1938 – March 21, 2016) was an American attorney, businessman, author, philanthropist, foreign policy specialist, political commentator, media personality, and cantor. Charney was a graduate of both Yeshiva University and Brooklyn Law School. A devout Zionist his entire life, in 1979, Charney played an important role as an unofficial adviser to President Jimmy Carter and is notably known for his behind-the-scenes role in the Camp David Accords which led to the first comprehensive peace between Israel and Egypt in 1978 and 1979. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the University of Haifa.


New Diplomacy represents the dramatic shift traditional diplomacy is undergoing currently: from an advocacy-based model of G2G (government to government) to a pro-active model based on marketing, communications, narrative and story-telling. In this new form of international relations, new participants are playing an active role as co-producers of content, ideas and political output. In traditional diplomacy, global policymaking was dominated by governments whereas today the role of multinational corporations in shaping international relations is becoming more central. New diplomacy was originally conceptualized in the wake of the Cold War. In essence, New Diplomacy is a form of diplomacy that incorporates participation by non-governmental actors.