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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More Ambassadors and FSO's Call For A Public Diplomacy Professional

Saturday, June 1st 2013

More of our colleagues have stepped forward to sign the letter.  On the afternoon of May 31 we forwarded it to the Secretary again, revised with additional signatures. 

 

                                                                                    May 31, 2013

            (Letter of May 24, 2013, revised with  additional signatures)

 

 

The Honorable John F. Kerry

Secretary of State

Washington DC 20520

 

Dear Mr. Secretary:

 

We urge that a career foreign affairs professional be appointed as the next Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.  Such an appointmentwould support your efforts fully to integrate public diplomacy into U.S. foreign 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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Author: Brian Carlson

Ambassadors Call for a Public Diplomacy Professional at State Department

Friday, May 24th 2013

May 24, 2013 - Some of the blogs and news media have picked up on the letter sent this morning  by a number of ex-ambassadors and senior government officials to the Secretary of State. 

The letter speaks for itself, so it is repeated here:

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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

Albro: Diplomacy and Defense Collaboration on Cultural Heritage

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

Many Public Affairs Sections get involved in preserving or restoring cultural heritage sites, and so does the military.  It helps to understand how U.S. Defense Department offices view cultural heritage.  So a recent talk by PDC Vice President Robert Albro may be of interest.

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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

U.S. Support for Free Media Wanes, NED Study Finds

Monday, May 20th 2013

As controversy over federal intrusion into AP journalists’ phone records roiled Washington, an investigator reported a steep decline in the government’s support of free media development overseas.

A panel of experts convened by the Center for International Media Assistance http://cima.ned.org joined former U.S. News Editor and Reporter Peter Carey to review his paper U.S. Government Funding for Media Assistance: Trends and Strategies.  Public diplomacy garnered only a mention during the hour and a half discussion at the National Endowment for Democracy last Thursday.  But the findings are salient for any public diplomacy section interested in the topic.

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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’s Leadership Vacuum

Thursday, May 9th 2013

Helle Dale of Heritage tipped her hat to Nicholas Cull’s presentation of his book “Decline and Fall of the U.S. Information Agency” at our Forum on May 6 (thanks for the mention!)  But her main subject was the impending departure of Under Secretary Tara Sonenshine, leaving a new gap in public diplomacy at the State Department.

Dale asserts that “rapid leadership turnover undermines strategic planning and operational effectiveness.”  True to an extent, but less attention has been paid to another layer of leadership.

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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

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