Focus on Education Diplomacy in the Hemisphere

Our First Monday panel on Feb. 2 gave an update on President Obama's 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative.  In the picture, from left to right: Don Bishop, PD Council President; Margaret Hug, Coordinator for 100,000 Strong in the Americas in the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs; Dan Restrepo, who sparked the initiative while serving as Special Assistant to President Obama; Matthew Clausen, Vice President of the Partners of the Americas; and Adam Clayton Powell II, Senior Fellow at the University of Southern California, our co-sponsor.

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Cultural Exchange and Political Conflict

Friday, March 29th 2013

Council Member and anthropologist Robert Albro just published some thoughts on the attacks on NGOs and educational travel by regimes in Russia and other authoritarian regimes.  The United States is not immune from the same type of suspicion, he points out.  Will politicization damage cultural exchange as an instrument of diplomacy?  Read "Cultural Exchange and the Politics of Suspicion" and tell us what you think.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

PD Council Supports Asia Conference in Santa Fe

Tuesday, March 19th 2013

To announce the Council's support of the Santa Fe World Affairs Forum for its annual symposium (see our Upcoming listing at left), here's a guest article by Pat Kushlis, Council Member and President of the SWAF.

The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum will hold its annual symposium April 8-9, 2013 on  “Living in Challenging Times: the US and East Asia” at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  To make the symposium succeed, the Forum has several cosponsors including the Public Diplomacy Council.

Why East Asia?  The Forum has sponsored several symposia in past years that have focused on current issues of particular concern to the US.  It has also held regular lunch programs on Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and China. Last year’s symposium, Our World in Ferment, included one session on China, but this is the first time we’ve focused solely on the US and East Asia. 

The idea sprung from the Obama administration’s “pivot” towards Asia, a strategy that in practical terms has meant shifting certain US national security resources from the Middle East to Asia as US involvement in wars in the former region diminish and interests in the latter are revitalized.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Tech@State on Freedom To Connect

Saturday, March 9th 2013

Yesterday's Internet Freedom conference sponsored by Tech@State spanned broadcasting and public diplomacy. And everything else. More than 50 technologists discussed the global tug of war between human rights and repression, economic development and cyber attacks, and the erosion of privacy.

Talking with State Department public diplomats I rarely hear of this topic. I wonder how that will change when (probably not "if") the United States suffers a zero-day attack.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Do Embassies Use Social Media in America?

Thursday, February 28th 2013

You bet they do!  But perhaps not as many foreign missions as you might expect are into social media, and most are not as extensively engaged as you would think.

That is the way I interpret the research project on the use of social media by embassies in Washington, D.C. conducted by Jeanette Gaida, as part of the Global Communication program at George Washington University. 

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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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Traveling Public Diplomats - Kerry v. Clinton

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

A timely blog post by Philip Seib of the University of Southern California challenges Secretary John Kerry to live up to the personal public diplomacy record set by his predecessor, Hillary Clinton.  Kerry is right now on his first trip abroad, and it's high profile.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

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