Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Friday, March 29th 2013
Council Member and anthropologist Robert Albro just published some thoughts on the attacks on NGOs and educational travel by regimes in Russia and other authoritarian regimes. The United States is not immune from the same type of suspicion, he points out. Will politicization damage cultural exchange as an instrument of diplomacy? Read "Cultural Exchange and the Politics of Suspicion" and tell us what you think.
Tuesday, March 19th 2013
To announce the Council's support of the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum for its annual symposium (see our Upcoming listing at left), here's a guest article by Pat Kushlis, Council Member and President of the SWAF.
The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum will hold its annual symposium April 8-9, 2013 on “Living in Challenging Times: the US and East Asia” at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico. To make the symposium succeed, the Forum has several cosponsors including the Public Diplomacy Council.
Why East Asia? The Forum has sponsored several symposia in past years that have focused on current issues of particular concern to the US. It has also held regular lunch programs on Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and China. Last year’s symposium, Our World in Ferment, included one session on China, but this is the first time we’ve focused solely on the US and East Asia.
The idea sprung from the Obama administration’s “pivot” towards Asia, a strategy that in practical terms has meant shifting certain US national security resources from the Middle East to Asia as US involvement in wars in the former region diminish and interests in the latter are revitalized.
Saturday, March 9th 2013
Yesterday's Internet Freedom conference sponsored by Tech@State spanned broadcasting and public diplomacy. And everything else. More than 50 technologists discussed the global tug of war between human rights and repression, economic development and cyber attacks, and the erosion of privacy.
Talking with State Department public diplomats I rarely hear of this topic. I wonder how that will change when (probably not "if") the United States suffers a zero-day attack.
Thursday, February 28th 2013
You bet they do! But perhaps not as many foreign missions as you might expect are into social media, and most are not as extensively engaged as you would think.
That is the way I interpret the research project on the use of social media by embassies in Washington, D.C. conducted by Jeanette Gaida, as part of the Global Communication program at George Washington University.
Wednesday, February 27th 2013
A timely blog post by Philip Seib of the University of Southern California challenges Secretary John Kerry to live up to the personal public diplomacy record set by his predecessor, Hillary Clinton. Kerry is right now on his first trip abroad, and it's high profile.