Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Friday, April 20th 2012
Have you noticed the chatter about the State Department and new media over the past month?
ITEM: After a Tumblr blog put captions on photos of Secretary Clinton wearing sunglasses, imagining text messages that she might be sending to celebrities, the Secretary didn’t protest. She invited the authors to the State Department to meet in person. Public diplomacy can’t buy this kind of publicity.
Wednesday, April 18th 2012
The current flap over misbehaving Secret Service agents in Cartagena is worth not much more than an amused “tsk-tsk” to most Americans.
But, in fact, this incident underlines a problem faced by public diplomacy officers every time and every place the President travels. There are simply too many people involved in Presidential travel. And many of them have not much real work to do, which leaves them lots of time to get into mischief.
Friday, March 30th 2012
Tara Sonenshine was confirmed Thursday night by the Senate, and she will probably take office officially early this week. (She can be sworn in privately by some current official and begin work, even as a more formal ceremony is planned for a few weeks hence.)
Friday, March 16th 2012
I had the chance last week to visit @america, the cultural center established in Jakarta. Here's my note about the visit.
Blue neon lights a doorway, contrasting with the surrounding mall stores selling global brands. From a distance, it might be a video game parlor.
I’m headed for @america, the United States’ cultural center in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Friday, March 9th 2012
When Jacqui Shipe, the Executive Director of the International Services Council of Alabama (ISC), first suggested that she organize a book tour for me at four universities in Alabama, I enthusiastically agreed for several reasons. First of all, Jacqui is a dynamic leader of one of the 95 community organization members of the National Council for International Visitors (I just retired after 16 years as NCIV’s president). Her efforts and those of her board are truly impressive. They are building an inclusive organization and involving young volunteers in their work throughout the state. The ISC organizes professional programs, cultural activities, and home visits for foreign leaders participating in the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and other exchanges. I wanted to support their efforts.