Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Tuesday, October 16th 2012
John Cale, a founder of the Velvet Underground and prolific musical innovator, explained in a recent interview what set his direction at age fifteen, when he was a viola student in Wales. "There was this fella called Willis Conover," he began. The legendary Voice of America jazz broadcaster spun Miles Davis records that Cale struggled to understand.
Tuesday, October 2nd 2012
Wednesday, the nation will watch President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney debate in a milestone of the presidential election campaign. The world will be watching too, and millions will get news from the Voice of America and other government-funded outlets like Al Hurra.
Click below for a report on the panel co-sponsored with the University of Southern California's Center on Public Diplomacy yesterday. Council Member Alan Heil has captured the discussion about how USG-funded foreign broadcasters are presenting the Presidential elections in Iran and the Middle East, and what they're hearing from their foreign audiences.
Wednesday, September 19th 2012
Read my colleagues' posts below. What we have here is a genuine clash of values.
Most Westerners, especially Americans, believe that freedom of speech extends even to those who mock religion. Many Muslims believe that words and images which are disrespectful to Islam must be censored, and some, not only terrorists, are willing to kill those whom they hold responsible.
Looking beyond the events in Benghazi, this fundamental disagreement will endure and continue to cause bitter dispute and ever more violence across the region. This is a quintessential issue for public diplomacy.
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?
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.