Council Elects New President and Board Members

After his two-year term as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, Don Bishop passes the office to Prof. Adam Clayton Powell III. At the same meeting, the Council's board elected several new members. "Read More" to see our new lineup of officers and to learn more about the Council.

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For the files: Ambassador James B. Smith on student exchanges and the social media

Friday, March 28th 2014

Former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia James B. Smith – he served in Riyadh from 2009 to 2013 -- was interviewed in the March, 2014, issue of Checkpoints, the alumni magazine of the U.S. Air Force Academy, his alma mater.  Public Diplomacy practitioners and students will find many of his comments of interest.  Here are the portions of the interview on Saudis studying in the United States, the Arab Spring, and the social media.

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

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Quotable: Robert Gates on strategic communications

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

The memoir by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Duty, was published earlier this year.  I judge it required reading for everyone who worked at the embassies, consulates, and Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq and Afghanistan -- to compare Secretary Gates’s top-level view of the wars with how Public Diplomacy officers experienced it on the ground.

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

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Friday, March 21st 2014

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Jesselle Macatiag is a fellow with the Public Diplomacy Council and graduate student in American University’s International Media program. She comes to Washington D.C. to study the global implications of a changing media landscape, particularly how these changes impact the use of media as a vehicle for social change across cultural and political contexts.

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2013 Forum: USIA and the Foundations of Public Diplomacy -- Valuable Reflections for Today’s Practice

Friday, March 21st 2014

Panelists highlighted key elements of public diplomacy under USIA from its inception in 1953 through 1999 when the Department of State absorbed most of USIA and broadcasting entities became independent. Three broad questions framed the panelists’ presentations: how did USIA public diplomacy contribute to the successful conclusion of the Cold War, foster democratic governance around the world, and advance mutual understanding through non-governmental cooperation?

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Jesselle Macatiag is a fellow with the Public Diplomacy Council and graduate student in American University’s International Media program. She comes to Washington D.C. to study the global implications of a changing media landscape, particularly how these changes impact the use of media as a vehicle for social change across cultural and political contexts.

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Three Public Diplomacy Ambassadors Reflect (I)

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Which earlier Public Diplomacy experiences were most useful when you became Ambassador?

This was the first question I posed to a panel of three former U.S. Ambassadors who came into the Foreign Service as Public Diplomacy officers.  The three recently retired Ambassadors were Linda Jewell (Ecuador), Greta Morris (Republic of the Marshall Islands), and Cynthia Efird (Angola).  Their comments on Public Diplomacy’s role in integrating a Mission -- and how Ambassadors must sometimes “push back” from Washington – are striking.

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

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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