Business and Broadcasting Strengthen U.S.-African Ties

The Chief of the VOA Swahili Service, Mwamoyo Hamza, told our audience that business -- not foreign aid -- is the key to extending the U.S. relationship with Africa. Ron Nixon of the New York Times and Joan Mower of the Broadcasting Board of Governors also spoke at the First Monday Forum on August 4. U.S. broadcasting is gaining audience through online and mobile media, Mower said.

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The Death of an Ambassador

Monday, September 17th 2012

It’s been less than a week since U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats were murdered in Libya, unprotected by Diplomatic Security in a notoriously unstable country. Yet six days after that chaotic night when our government didn't even know where Ambassador Stevens was for up to eight hours, until his body was found at a local hospital, the focus of much of the discussion of these events has been stuck on domestic politics rather than on questions such as: Where was our ambassador's security? Why was he in an unguarded consulate more than 400 miles from the embassy on the anniversary of 9/11? Why were they not better prepared?

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David S. Jackson

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Seeing Through the Fog

Friday, September 14th 2012

There has been an ocean of ink and a vast number of electrons expended on the recent events in Benghazi, Cairo and in a dozen other cities in the Islamic world. It is likely that we are closer to the beginning than the end of the current crisis.

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Author: Bill Kiehl

What Happened in Embassy Cairo?

Friday, September 14th 2012

The dust thrown up by the events of September 11 in Egypt and Libya may never completely settle. Issues more important than public diplomacy beg for attention in the Muslim world. But looking at events this week at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, at least a few things seem clear through the public diplomacy lens:

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John H. Trattner

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A former career Foreign Service officer and press spokesman of the Department of State, Trattner was also a newspaper, newsmagazine, and network radio journalist in the United States and Europe, press secretary to former Senator George Mitchell, vice president of a nonprofit focused on federal government management, head writer for a public affairs firm, and graduate-level teacher at American University. The author of eight books about the jobs and challenges of federal presidential appointees, he currently writes free-lance and composes choral music. authors name for more info

Author: John Trattner

Public Diplomacy and Counterrorism

Tuesday, September 11th 2012

Today is a good opportunity to recall the modest role that public diplomacy has played in counter-terrorism since the September 11 attacks.

One of the attackers passed through the security checkpoint at Dulles Airport shortly after I did on September 11, 2001.  (A friend who saw the surveillance video revealed this to me.)  I was scheduled for a flight to China for a business trip.  I was so fortunate.  We all mourn the lives of all those who died or lost loved ones on that day -- and in the days and months following.

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Council Calls for Release of Journalists Held in Syria

Thursday, August 30th 2012

PDC Also Calls for the Immediate Release of Journalists Held in Syria

The Public Diplomacy Council joins the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in calling for the immediate release of two journalists of the U.S.-funded Alhurra TV network in Arabic held for the past week in Syria. The Council endorses the BBG statement urging the Syrian government to ensure their safety.

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Author: Lisa Heyn

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