Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Friday, November 28th 2014
Last September, Palgrave-MacMillan published “Front Line Public Diplomacy: How U.S. Embassies Communicate with Foreign Publics,” by Ambassador Bill Rugh, a Council member. The book draws on original research by Rugh’s students at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University to describe current public diplomacy practice within the United States State Department and its embassies, emphasizing field operations.
The book is based on interviews with practicing PD professionals, and the content has been reviewed by currently serving PD officers. That ensures up-to-date information about practice and organization. In the last chapter, Rugh – a former Foreign Service Officer – presents his enduring principles of effective public diplomacy practice.
Experts including Nick Cull, Tony Quainton and Betsy Whitaker have praised the book as an essential reference and guide for academics, students and practitioners. Readers can go to the publisher’s website, linked above, to find out more and to purchase copies.
Monday, November 24th 2014
Dr. Robert Albro, the Council's Vice President, has co-edited a book that offers a snapshot of both the successes and challenges of the U.S. military's ongoing efforts to enhance its cultural expertise. 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."