Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Monday, November 24th 2014
Dr. Robert Albro, the Council's Vice President, has co-edited a book that surveys the performance of United States military units in missions that involve extensive contact with local populations: peacekeeping, stability operations and the like. It may be of interest whether you're in the military, or in a civilian organization. Check out Cultural Awareness in the Military: Developments and Implications for Future Humanitarian Cooperation edited by Dr. Albro and Bill Ivey, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
We invite other Council members who have have recently published books to write in, so we can share that information with readers.
Sunday, November 23rd 2014
Last week I attended a conference on Public Diplomacy in Busan, Korea. It gathered participants from the Korea Foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the American Embassy and the Korean-American Educational Commission, U.S. Forces Korea, and several leading Korean policy institutes and universities. Learning of the different and interesting ways they are engaged in Public Diplomacy made for a fascinating conference. My presentation follows.
Why Public Diplomacy?
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.
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."
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.