First Monday Forum Goes "Back to the Garden"

Guests at our First Monday Forum on April 6 enjoyed perfect spring weather in the garden of the DACOR-Bacon House, a historic building in Washington, before our panel discussion on "The Untold History of U.S. Public Diplomacy."  The State Department's Office of the Historian collaborated with the Council and the University of Southern California to discuss new archival documents and scholarship about the beginning of organized U.S. efforts at mass persuasion during World War I.

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Ukraine: Is It Time for Public Diplomacy?

Thursday, March 6th 2014

Henry Kissinger notes in the Washington Post  on March 5, “Public discussion on Ukraine is all about confrontation.”  

And yet, this is a situation where neither the United States nor the Europeans have any reasonable way to use their military options in resolving the crisis.  Even the President’s most vocal critics do not suggest we put American boots on Ukrainian ground.

So, as Lenin said, "What is to be done?"

This is a good time for diplomacy.  There should be, and apparently there is a good deal of diplomatic work going on in Washington and other capitals.  Most of that is focused on convincing Mr. Putin that he should not continue his “illegal actions in Ukraine” and promising severe consequences if this Russian action continues.  We’ve threatened things such as President Obama not going to the next G-8 meeting in Sochi, and we announced a visa ban on officials and others deemed responsible for actions that have undermined Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

But, if you were President Putin, would any of this dissuade you?  After all, these Russian moves in Ukraine seem to be quite popular in Russia itself, and perhaps even as well among a certain group in eastern Ukraine.  Putin doubtless believes, as he indicated in his press conference Tuesday,  that he has the Russian people and their mental image of Russia’s history on his side.

What can move Putin and his circle of supporters is public diplomacy

 

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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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Interview: Ambassador Laurence Pope on the State Department, the Foreign Service, and Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Wednesday, March 5th 2014

The Demilitarization of American Diplomacy: Two Cheers for Striped Pants by Ambassador Laurence Pope has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.  He was Ambassador to Chad from 1993 to 1996 and Charge dAffaires to Libya in the aftermath of Benghazi.  At other times during his career, he was Director for Northern Gulf Affairs, Associate Director for Counter-Terrorism, and Political Advisor to General Zinni at Central Command.  He now lives in Maine.  The book is fresh, direct and uncommonly blunt.  I posed some questions.

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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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Interview: James Thomas Snyder on Public Diplomacy, seen from NATO

Monday, March 3rd 2014

After some years working on Capitol Hill, James Thomas Snyder became an information officer in the NATO Public Diplomacy staff in Brussels from 2005 to 2011.  Explaining NATO’s policies in the Balkans, Kosovo, and Afghanistan was part of his job, so he was naturally in touch with American public diplomacy.  His new book, published by Palgrave Macmillan, The United States and the Challenge of Public Diplomacy, is “about how the United States can communicate better with the world.”  I posed some questions.

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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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Senator Rubio and Public Diplomacy

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

A few months have passed since Senator Marco Rubio of Florida spoke to the American Enterprise Institute on “Restoring Principle: A Foreign Policy Worthy of the American Dream.” It’s worth noting, however, since he included a few words on Public Diplomacy in his comments on the current "robust debate about the future of America’s role in the world."

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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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WhatsApp with Public Diplomacy?

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

Social media observers say that young people are abandoning Facebook for new messaging applications that allow them to limit and protect their expression online.

Alongside public relations and marketing, public diplomatists are playing a cat and mouse game with social media.  Embassy Facebook pages try to personalize the ambassador and other diplomats for local audiences.  And they hope that readers will respond with interest and participation.  (Twitter seems to me to be used more for media releases than for substantive dialogue.)

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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