The Rise and "Demise" of Public Diplomacy

Bruce Gregory, Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University, speaks to Council members and guests on his recent special report on world changes affecting diplomacy and transforming how public diplomacy works in statecraft.  The event took place November 3 at the American Foreign Service Association, in cooperation with the University of Southern California and the George Washington University's Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. You'll find his full report at "Read More."

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Ben Bradlee - The Reluctant Public Diplomacy Officer

Sunday, November 16th 2014

By Dr. Michael H. Anderson. Dr. Anderson is a retired Foreign Service Officer, a member of the PDC, and a long-time reader of The Washington Post. 

 

Washington and, indeed, much of the world, recently paid tribute to the legendary Ben Bradlee, the Executive Editor of The Washington Post from 1968 -91, who passed away October 21, 2014. His role in managing his paper’s sensitive relations with the government during both Watergate and the Pentagon Papers and leading his paper to 18 Pulitzer Prizes made him arguably the most influential journalist of the 20th Century.

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For Veterans Day: To Spare Our Children from Violence and Sacrifice

Sunday, November 9th 2014

Events more than seven decades ago prompt this short Veterans Day meditation for Public Diplomacy. 

 

On September 15, 1942, the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-7), supporting the Guadalcanal campaign, was 170 miles southeast of San Cristobal Island in the Solomons.  It was mid-afternoon on an active day of air operations -- planes launched and planes recovered.  At 14:44 hours, came the peril.  A lookout called the alarm:  “three torpedoes ... three points forward of the starboard beam."

 

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop was recently elected as President of the Public Diplomacy Council. He is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership.

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Sources of State Department Senior Leadership

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

In recent months, the front pages, websites, columns, blogs, and talking heads rediscovered an old issue -- the nomination of individuals who raised funds for a Presidential campaign to be ambassadors.  A few nominees were embarrassed at their Senate confirmation hearings.

 

This short piece is NOT about ambassadorial nominees.  Rather, let me step back and discuss the naming of political appointees to senior policy positions in the Department of State. 

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop was recently elected as President of the Public Diplomacy Council. He is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Reflections On the Role of International Broadcasting

Tuesday, November 4th 2014

Alex Belida, former senior adviser to the VOA director, Central News acting director, and correspondent in Africa, Europe, the White House, and Pentagon, has written a compelling essay linking the parting thoughts of Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to 21st century publicly-funded international broadcasting.

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Alan L. Heil Jr.

Board member

Summary: As a 36-year veteran of the Voice of America (VOA), Alan Heil traveled to more than 40 countries a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, and later as director of News and Current Affairs, deputy director of programs, and deputy director of the nation’s largest publicly-funded overseas multimedia network. Today, VOA reaches more than 125 million people in 44 languages.

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Author: Alan Heil

The Best Public Diplomacy in 2014

Monday, November 3rd 2014

What was the best public diplomacy you saw in 2014? 

Was it a specific public diplomacy program? An innovation?  A book or article?  Something someone said?  Or did?

Tell us what was the best public diplomacy action, idea, program or decision you saw in 2014.

The rules are simple: anyone can nominate anything. 

Simply send an email message to the Public Diplomacy Council's special "2014 List" inbox at "PD10Best@gmail.com"  or send a Twitter message to #PD10Best

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Brian E. Carlson

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Summary: An experienced public diplomacy officer, Ambassador Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and serves the State Department as a senior inspector. For the last three years he was the State Department liaison to the Department of Defense on strategic communication.

 

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