Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
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)
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.
Sunday, January 27th 2013
Here's a guest article by Council Member Robert Albro about how collaborative projects benefit diplomacy. U.S. Government public diplomacy offers some examples of this approach, now made easier through the Internet. You'll be hearing more about creative collaboration and cultural diplomacy in the coming months. So read on!
"Stephanie Stallings recently suggested that creative collaboration is a useful model for cultural diplomacy. She is definitely onto something. Circumstances have changed around the work of diplomacy. Publics are now much less distant, more assertive, and actively engaged participants in the making of their encompassing cultural worlds. To embrace this new reality likely requires rethinking many of the methods of cultural diplomacy and perhaps its basic goals.
Wednesday, January 9th 2013
A public diplomacy colleague from years ago, Robert A. Schadler, has written an insightful commentary in the latest issue of U.S. News & World Report. (That's him in the photo.)
Robert, who is now senior fellow in public diplomacy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., served years ago in the US Information Agency as director of the Office of International Visitors and briefly as chief of staff to the Director of USIA itself. Together, we fought the good fight against Soviet communism and statist repression.
In USN&WR, Schadler argues that, in today's post-Cold War world, the flip side of public dipllomacy is terrorism.
Monday, January 7th 2013
Today’s panel on Cultural Diplomacy depicted a panorama of performance-art-as-exchange under the aegis of “cultural diplomacy.” All the programs highlighted were sponsored by governments.