Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Friday, January 20th 2012
"I ain't got no respect." That was the tag line of the popular comedian of the late 20th century Rodney Dangerfield. Regrettably, the late Mr. Dangerfield's line is perfectly applicable to today's Public Diplomacy. After all, the only government entity that kept an eye on USG public diplomacy was de-funded and de-authorized in the 2012 budget.
Wednesday, January 18th 2012
Check out two interesting monographs on public diplomacy in the Middle East.
U.S. Public Diplomacy in Lebanon: Challenges and Opportunities by Jeffrey Fine (2011), and
Obama's Cairo Speech: A Step in the Arab Journey of Hope and Despair by Rashed Al Dhaheri (2011)
Tuesday, January 10th 2012
In a little noticed development, the State Department and the Defense Department agreed to establish a joint office for managing global emergencies through activities such as stabilization, conflict prevention and building security capacity.
Tuesday, December 27th 2011
Amid the media year-enders, perhaps United States public diplomacy deserves a look. What changed for the people who conduct PD in the State Department and the broadcasting operations? Major developments both in the U.S and overseas affected the nation’s image, of course, but there were also changes inside the public diplomacy apparatus.
Friday, December 16th 2011
In attempting to contact the Executive Director of the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy this morning (December 16), I was surprised to get this message:
The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, the only government organization charged with overseeing and promoting public diplomacy and strategic communication of the U.S. Government, was not reauthorized by the Congress and ceased operations on December 16, 2011.