State Department Diplomats Talk Careers

About 40 State Department career diplomats specializing in public diplomacy gathered on August 27 for a discussion of careers.  Council Associate Member Lia Miller convened the group.  Diplomatic postings, advancement and how to move up in the organization were prime topics during the round-table style meeting.  In the picture, a number of participants network after the meeting.  To view a recent report on this subject, click on Read More below.

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The March of Public Diplomacy Needs to Get Louder

Thursday, April 17th 2014

By Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, currently a Distinguished Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

If ever we needed a public diplomacy campaign to reach citizens in the former Soviet Union now is the moment. 

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Please contact PDC Graduate Fellow Tara Schoenborn at taraschoenborn@gmail.com to inquire about contributing to the Public Diplomacy Council website. 

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Time To Hit The Reset Button On Public Diplomacy?

Wednesday, April 16th 2014

George Kennan is looking smarter and smarter these days. 

Kennan served at a time when America was happy to welcome its soldiers home from World War II and uninterested in new global commitments.  Kennan wrote policy recommendations to deal with Moscow leaders bent on taking advantage every opportunity to expand influence—if not control—in nearby lands.  Sound familiar?

So, it was noteworthy when James Jay Carafano cited George F. Kennan in a recent  Examiner article, asking whether it’s time to hit the reset button on public diplomacy?

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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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New Work by PD Council Members

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Donna Oglesby has published an article for Layalina Productions titled The Political Promise of Public Diplomacy.  Should practitioners of public diplomacy pay more attention to political argument and debate in today's communication environment?  Go to the link to get Oglesby's perspective.

And Bruce Gregory has updated his compilation of recent work about public diplomacy, which we carry on these pages.  Find summaries and links to articles about everything from Hip Hop foreign policy to Robert Gates' memoirs in this edition.

Happy reading!

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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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2013 Forum: Nation-building -- What it is, is not, and should be

Sunday, April 6th 2014

One of the 2013 Fall Forum’s six afternoon breakout sessions addressed the topic of “nation-building.”

Speakers were:

  • Ambassador Ronald Neumann, President of the American Academy of Diplomacy,
  • Mr. Jeffrey Grieco, Chief of Communications for International Relief and Development,

  • Mr. Robert Silverman, President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)

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Jesselle Macatiag is a fellow with the Public Diplomacy Council and graduate student in American University’s International Media program. She comes to Washington D.C. to study the global implications of a changing media landscape, particularly how these changes impact the use of media as a vehicle for social change across cultural and political contexts.

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Cuban Twitter Wasn't Aid and it Wasn't Public Diplomacy Either

Friday, April 4th 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development has confirmed that it set up a text messaging service in Cuba under false pretenses.

The Associated Press broke the story earlier this week.  USAID used "shell companies" to create a cellphone text messaging service that would deliver infotainment to attract an audience of young Cubans, and at a later stage, use the network to promote political activism.  The project attracted 40 thousand subscribers before USAID abandoned it in 2012, according to news accounts.

Clever public diplomacy?

No.  For two reasons.

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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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