Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Wednesday, January 9th 2013
A public diplomacy colleague from years ago, Robert A. Schadler, has written an insightful commentary in the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report. (That's him in the photo.)
Robert, who is now senior fellow in public diplomacy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., served years ago in the US Information Agency as director of the Office of International Visitors and briefly as chief of staff to the Director of USIA itself. Together, we fought the good fight against Soviet communism and statist repression.
In USN&WR, Schadler argues that, in today's post-Cold War world, the flip side of public dipllomacy is terrorism.
Monday, January 7th 2013
Today’s panel on Cultural Diplomacy depicted a panorama of performance-art-as-exchange under the aegis of “cultural diplomacy.” All the programs highlighted were sponsored by governments.
Friday, January 4th 2013
I notice that the National Defense Authorization Act not only reauthorizes the Public Diplomacy Advisory Commission (see Brian Carlson's post below.) It also reduces long-standing restrictions on the dissemination of public diplomacy materials, aimed at foreign audiences, within the United States.
Thursday, January 3rd 2013
On January 2, in the midst of the “fiscal cliff” controversy and the hard fought tax compromise, the President did one very important thing. He signed H.R. 4310, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013, into law.
President Obama did this his own threat to veto it over prohibitions on closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and despite his numerous reservations about the Act’s prescriptive language.
I wish we could believe the President signed the NDAA because he believes so strongly in public diplomacy, but that is probably not the case. He did not mention public diplomacy in his signing statement. Nor did he object to section 1280 of the Act.
Friday, December 21st 2012
If you have not yet read the actual text of the Accountability Review Board report on the events that took place September 11 in Benghazi, you should do so.
Especially you should read it if you are a Foreign Service officer, because you will be able to picture very vividly every move made by the ARSO’s and to understand what the situation looked like from inside Villa C. If you are a soldier or a Marine, or anyone trained in quick reaction force tactics, you will want to read this account.
And, even if, or especially if, you are just a citizen, you should read this report.