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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Zero Dark Thirty - Viewed from Afar?

Monday, February 18th 2013

“Zero Dark Thirty,” the striking new film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal has created plenty of national commentary, in two clusters. 

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Michael Canning

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Summary: As an officer with the US Information Agency (USIA), Mike Canning worked for 28 years as a press and cultural officer in eight countries on four continents and, in retirement, he retains his interest in promoting a vigourous public diplomacy (PD).
 

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Author: Michael Canning

Snapshot Captures Activity, But the Results?

Monday, February 18th 2013

Have you subscribed to Under Secretary Sonenshine’s biweekly Snapshot of Public Diplomacy in Action?  

It’s the first newsletter of public diplomacy activities available to the general public that I recall.  That’s a step forward in this age of government transparency.  Every Snapshot contains text and photos about conferences, receptions and other happenings organized by U.S. public diplomacy staffs around the world.

But I wonder what unintended impressions thoughtful taxpayers might draw from these activity reports.  Do they seem soft, perhaps superficial?  In the impending reduction of government budgets, isn’t this the first thing you would cut from the foreign operations budget?

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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

Why Public Diplomacy Should Love the Advisory Commission

Tuesday, February 12th 2013

Here it is Valentine’s Day, and there is lots of advice for the lovelorn being offered.  I want to do my part – with some thoughts on why the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy should embrace the newly reauthorized U.S. Advisory Commission on 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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Author: Brian Carlson

Social Media: Lessons for Public Diplomacy?

Saturday, February 9th 2013

Some of the bloom is "off" the social media rose. 

Two years have passed since the initial demonstrations in Tahrir Square, and today not many journalists or other “new media” enthusiasts still claim that Twitter started, sustained or steered the 2011 Egyptian uprising.  Indeed, many of the participants vociferously challenge the idea that Twitter or Facebook were anywhere nearly as important as their own determined efforts.

As part of the reassessment of social media’s role, Marc Lynch, George Washington University’s leading Middle East political analyst, writes an immensely intelligent commentary in Foreign Policy. The subtitle foretells his principal point:   “How social media is hurting the Arab Spring.” (Image above from Foreign Policy)

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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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Author: Brian Carlson

Against The Grain

Wednesday, January 30th 2013

At the risk of going against the grain, I am going to suggest that Hillary Clinton is not the model for the next Secretary of State. 

Yes, I know, the hagiography is in full flow. Many say that never has the nation been blessed with a Secretary of State so wise, so traveled, so energetic, so attuned to the world’s cares, as this one.

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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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Author: Brian Carlson

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