First Monday Forum: what is U.S. broadcasting saying to Audiences in the Middle East?

“Are you CIA?”  Radio Sawa Correspondent  Samir Nadir describes reaction from friends when he joined the U.S. Government broadcaster.  Other members of the Washington correspondents panel were (l-r) Zaid Benjamin, also Radio Sawa; Rana Abtar, Alhurra;  and (not shown) Scott Stearns, Voice of America, discussing U.S. news broadcasting to the Middle East on March 2 in Washington.

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Ambassadors Call for a Public Diplomacy Professional at State Department

Friday, May 24th 2013

May 24, 2013 - Some of the blogs and news media have picked up on the letter sent this morning  by a number of ex-ambassadors and senior government officials to the Secretary of State. 

The letter speaks for itself, so it is repeated here:

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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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Albro: Diplomacy and Defense Collaboration on Cultural Heritage

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

Many Public Affairs Sections get involved in preserving or restoring cultural heritage sites, and so does the military.  It helps to understand how U.S. Defense Department offices view cultural heritage.  So a recent talk by PDC Vice President Robert Albro may be of interest.

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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

U.S. Support for Free Media Wanes, NED Study Finds

Monday, May 20th 2013

As controversy over federal intrusion into AP journalists’ phone records roiled Washington, an investigator reported a steep decline in the government’s support of free media development overseas.

A panel of experts convened by the Center for International Media Assistance http://cima.ned.org joined former U.S. News Editor and Reporter Peter Carey to review his paper U.S. Government Funding for Media Assistance: Trends and Strategies.  Public diplomacy garnered only a mention during the hour and a half discussion at the National Endowment for Democracy last Thursday.  But the findings are salient for any public diplomacy section interested in the topic.

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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

Public Diplomacy’s Leadership Vacuum

Thursday, May 9th 2013

Helle Dale of Heritage tipped her hat to Nicholas Cull’s presentation of his book “Decline and Fall of the U.S. Information Agency” at our Forum on May 6 (thanks for the mention!)  But her main subject was the impending departure of Under Secretary Tara Sonenshine, leaving a new gap in public diplomacy at the State Department.

Dale asserts that “rapid leadership turnover undermines strategic planning and operational effectiveness.”  True to an extent, but less attention has been paid to another layer of leadership.

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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

"U.S. Public Diplomacy: A Look to the Past, A Look to the Future"

Wednesday, May 1st 2013

 

It’s a pleasure to begin contributing to the PDC’s web presence. I come to the Council as an independent analyst of PD and international development and 13-year veteran of the former U.S. Information Agency’s Office of Academic Programs.

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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

The Public Diplomacy Council is a nonprofit organization committed to the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of public diplomacy. Founded in 1988, the Council serves the community of public diplomacy professionals, professors and students interested in public diplomacy.

 

 

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