Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Wednesday, December 7th 2011
My fellow contributor Brian Carlson called my attention to the U.S. State Department's announcement of a new virtual embassy for Tehran. Available in English and Farsi, the site aggregates official USG information of interest to Iranian citizens, who of course have no actual U.S. embassy or consulate.
The site was blocked from Iranians' view right away by the Government of Iran.
Saturday, December 3rd 2011
Here are a couple of items recently added that may interest you.
Tuesday, November 29th 2011
Social media is a lot like the weather: everyone talks about it, but very few are doing anything about it.
The news that social science researchers have determined that the distance between friends seems to be shrinking in the digital age came as no surprise to millions of Facebook users. And it did not come as news to public diplomacy practitioners.
Saturday, November 26th 2011
"We cannot afford to squander the opportunity to hear the stories of those who live outside our borders and have them understand our story.”
That assertion, in a piece written three years ago by Tara Sonenshine, neatly frames the essence of today’s U.S. public diplomacy mission. She seems to be saying that it’s just as important to listen to the world as to talk to it―perhaps more important. If that’s what she meant, she’s right, and the point needs repeated emphasis today. And since Sonenshine has now become the president’s nominee to lead the U.S. PD effort, her words could be an encouraging straw in the wind about the general approach she would bring to the job.
Tuesday, November 22nd 2011
The recent highly successful PDC conference at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs illuminated the seldom recognized but essential work of public diplomacy officers abroad. It was a rich global scan of field post activities and their impact, both in today's digital communications environment but in the many professional dialogues administered by USIA and State Department specialists since 1999.