Focus on Education Diplomacy in the Hemisphere

Our First Monday panel on Feb. 2 gave an update on President Obama's 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative.  In the picture, from left to right: Don Bishop, PD Council President; Margaret Hug, Coordinator for 100,000 Strong in the Americas in the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Dan Restrepo, who sparked the initiative while serving as Special Assistant to President Obama; Matthew Clausen, Vice President of the Partners of the Americas; and Adam Clayton Powell II, Senior Fellow at the University of Southern California, our co-sponsor.

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Kennedy: Youth Public Diplomacy

Thursday, November 21st 2013

I am still sort of surprised that they swore me into the U.S. Foreign Service at just 22 years of age – fresh out of college the previous summer.  It was 1970 and a few years after "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Off I went to my first assignment – Caracas, Venezuela – where I would be a JOT (Junior Officer Trainee) for my first year. In those days FSOs were sworn in as tenured officers immediately, but given an initial yearlong overseas assignment for “training.”

After twelve months of working in each section of the entire embassy for a month or six weeks at a time, they judged me worthy of a real assignment.  I became "ACAO (Student Affairs)."

 

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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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JFK+50: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums

Sunday, November 17th 2013

As the nation pauses to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy fifty years ago, Public Diplomacy practitioners will recall the famous film made by Bruce Herschensohn for the U.S. Information Agency after the President's death, John F. Kennedy:  Years of Lightning, Day of Drums.

The 86-minute memorial documentary recalled the achievements of the President as the "Years of Lightning."  The "Day of Drums" was the day of the President's burial at Arlington Cemetery.  The documentary highlighted six "faces" of President Kennedy's New Frontier -- the Peace Corps, the conquest of space, the Alliance for Progress, civil rights, freedom, and peace.

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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

Gettysburg+150: Public Diplomacy and Lincoln's Words

Sunday, November 17th 2013

For Public Diplomacy officers of a certain generation, our nation's observance of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's address at Gettysburg will bring back some days of yesteryear.

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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

2013 Forum Keynote - Broadcasting and Public Diplomacy

Friday, November 15th 2013

 Here’s a quote from David Ensor’s keynote address to the Fall Forum.

There is a global conversation going on around the world thanks to the ongoing revolution in communications technology. People in what we used to think of as remote places -- like Somalia, or Uzbekistan -- are now part of that conversation.  

Read the full text and I think you’ll agee with Ensor that the Voice of America is no longer just radio.  That goes for other BBG  broadcasters as well.  Public diplomacy practitioners haven’t always been aware that the Voice and its kin are their allies in the same enterprise.

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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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Author: Joe Johnson

2013 Forum: Donna Oglesby Remembers USIA

Friday, November 15th 2013

At the ceremony to honor Public Diplomacy alumni at the 2013 Forum on November 12, Donna Marie Oglesby spoke for the employees of the U.S. Information Agency.  Now Diplomat in Residence at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, she finished her 25-year career in USIA as Counselor of the Agency, the ranking career position.  Here are her comments:

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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

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