Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 29th 2012
“Truth and personal integrity,” legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow once said, “are the ultimate persuaders of men and nations.”
So it is today at the nation’s largest and only global publicly-funded international network, the Voice of America. The sacrifices of frontline VOA journalists barely rate mention in the mainstream press --- even though these centurions of truth daily fulfill Murrow’s charge.
Sunday, August 19th 2012
Many years ago, The Economist newspaper (yes, in England, it’s called a newspaper, not a magazine) published an article about the best embassies in world capital cities.
I remember this issue because it cited the American Embassy on Grosvenor Square as the best of the foreign diplomatic operations in London. Now that’s pretty impressive, given that many countries – then and now – send their best and brightest to London.
The reason: the Americans had an outstanding record of identifying and building relationships with the Britain’s best and brightest – an uncanny record of targeting the next generation of British society’s leaders, whether in arts, politics, economics, journalism or any other field of endeavor important to the “Special Relationship.”
Wednesday, August 15th 2012
If you don't have a PAO in a given country, there is a hole in the policy debate.
The PAO (Public Affairs Officer) is the senior American with public diplomacy responsibilities on an embassy's Country Team. She or he is the person who awakens each morning wanting to know what the people are thinking. Absent a PAO, no one is effectively looking out for our strategic communication goals.