The Rise and "Demise" of Public Diplomacy

Bruce Gregory, Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University, speaks to Council members and guests on his recent special report on world changes affecting diplomacy and transforming how public diplomacy works in statecraft.  The event took place November 3 at the American Foreign Service Association, in cooperation with the University of Southern California and the George Washington University's Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication. You'll find his full report at "Read More."

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White House to IIP - Macon Phillips Heads to State

Saturday, September 21st 2013

Macon Phillips will be the new Coordinator of the State Department’s International Information Programs Bureau, the Washington Post reported.  The Post quoted him as saying: “Being able to figure out how we can connect what makes America great with foreign audiences is a great way to advance our interests.”

Perhaps IIP will catch a break after the disastrous tenure of Dawn McCall.  However, Phillips’ move reminds me of a business book that came out in 2007, a year before he came to Washington as a digital strategist for President Obama: What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.   Here’s why.

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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

Public Diplomacy Council September Forum: “Public Diplomacy as a Global Phenomenon: The Case of Israel and Turkey”

Friday, September 13th 2013

Here's a recap from Monday’s Lunch Forum written by its organizer, Dr. John Brown, with his preview of future discussions on the topic of global public diplomacy:

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Eva Harder joins the Public Diplomacy Council as a fellow from American University’s graduate program in International Media. The International Media program is split between the School of Communication and the School of International Service, which is exactly where Ms. Harder’s professional and academic interests coalesce.

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You're the Diplomat... What Do You Say?

Thursday, September 5th 2013

Now that the president, after rallying the country to the brink of war, has abruptly reined it in, let us take a moment to sympathize with the dilemma faced by our diplomats:

How do they explain the U.S. position on Syria?

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David S. Jackson

David Jackson is a veteran journalist and former U.S. government official with extensive multimedia communications experience in domestic and international markets.

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President Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, and Civil Rights

Wednesday, August 28th 2013

As Americans mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, Public Diplomacy professionals should also note an address by President John Kennedy -- and the influence of USIA Director Edward R. Murrow -- two months earlier.

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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

"I Have a Dream" in Chinese

Friday, August 23rd 2013

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Preparing to leave home for college the next week, I did not travel to Washington for the March for Jobs and Freedom. But the anniversary allows me an opportunity to write a short Public Diplomacy footnote to the history of the speech, a recollection from early in my career as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Information Agency.

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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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