South African Public Diplomacy in Action

A class from Washington DC's Orr Elementary School poses outside the Embassy of South Africa, which hosted them as part of the Embassy Adoption Program run by Washington Performing Arts.  The program lets students at 52 Washington DC elementary schools study 52 different embassies - and then visit the embassies at the end of the school year.

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2013 Forum: Inter-Agency Collaboration in Public Diplomacy

Saturday, December 21st 2013

 

Public diplomacy depends on establishing productive relationships with influential audiences in foreign countries. The State Department is not the only agency that wants such relationships and is prepared to invest resources to establish them.

 

The following summary of proceedings was prepared by rapporteurs Kelley Foster (Masters Candidate, School of Public Policy, George Mason University), and Brian Carlson (U.S. Ambassador,  ret., currently with InterMedia Research). They organized one of the six breakout sessions of the PDC's November 12, 2013 "Fall Forum" at the George C. Marshall Conference Center of the U.S. Department of State.

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Brian E. Carlson

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Summary: An experienced public diplomacy officer, Ambassador Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and serves the State Department as a senior inspector. For the last three years he was the State Department liaison to the Department of Defense on strategic communication.

 

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Author: Brian Carlson

2013 Forum: Inter-Agency Collaboration in Public Diplomacy

Saturday, December 21st 2013

 

Public diplomacy depends on establishing productive relationships with influential audiences in foreign countries. The State Department is not the only agency that wants such relationships and is prepared to invest resources to establish them.

 

The following summary of proceedings was prepared by rapporteurs Kelley Foster (Masters Candidate, School of Public Policy, George Mason University), and Brian Carlson (U.S. Ambassador,  ret., currently with InterMedia Research). They organized one of the six breakout sessions of the PDC's November 12, 2013 "Fall Forum" at the George C. Marshall Conference Center of the U.S. Department of State.

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Brian E. Carlson

Board member


Summary: An experienced public diplomacy officer, Ambassador Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and serves the State Department as a senior inspector. For the last three years he was the State Department liaison to the Department of Defense on strategic communication.

 

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Author: Brian Carlson

2013 Forum: Cultural Diplomacy and Partnerships

Friday, December 13th 2013

 

The following post was prepared by rapporteurs Kristie Conserve (M.A. Candidate, American University), Greta Morris (U.S. Ambassador,  ret.), & Deborah Trent (public diplomacy lecturer and analyst). They organized one of the six breakout sessions of the PDC's November 12th Fall Forum at the Marshall Conference Center of the U.S. Department of State. 

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Debbie Trent is a public diplomacy and international development analyst with a Ph.D. from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Her regional areas of expertise include the Near East, North Africa, South Asia, and Eurasia.

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Author: Dr. Deborah Trent

Learning from the Marines: Schoolhouses, Debate, Public Affairs, and Recognition

Wednesday, December 11th 2013

I am increasingly persuaded that the effectiveness of U.S. official Public Diplomacy depends not just on messages, programs, or technology, but also on the strength and health of the Foreign Service.  This article is more about the Foreign Service than about Public Diplomacy per se, but these factors need to be part of the whole picture.

In one of her President's columns last year, Susan Johnson of the American Foreign Service Association wrote about "Marine Corps Culture and Institutional Success."  Let me pick up on the general theme.  After a career in Public Diplomacy, the State Department detailed me to be the Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James Conway, from 2006 to 2008.  It gave me a chance to see the Marines "up close and personal."  The Foreign Service is not the Marine Corps, for sure, but there are lessons we can learn from the Corps. 

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Lawless Diplomats and The Rule of Law

Tuesday, December 10th 2013

Even in the middle of a busy week, the story stood out: 49 Russian diplomats posted in the United States were charged with participating in an organized scheme to defraud Medicaid out of $1.5 million in illegal benefits.

It wasn’t a one-time theft. According to the criminal complaint, the diplomats had been stealing money from America’s federal health benefits program for the needy for the past nine years.

President Vladimir Putin’s government must have been shaken by the news, and at least initially worried about how it would affect their interests. But that worry couldn’t have lasted long. When reporters asked the U.S. State Department spokesman about the impact of the scandal, she replied, “We don’t think this should affect our bilateral relationship with Russia. Quite frankly, there are too many important issues we have to work on together.”

Well, hold on just a second.

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David S. Jackson

David Jackson is a veteran journalist and former U.S. government official with extensive multimedia communications experience in domestic and international markets.

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Author: David S Jackson

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