Can "Boots and Beer" move hearts and minds?

David Firestein recalled his talks about American county music to foreign audiences as a public diplomacy officer at our First Monday Forum July 6.  He played several country hits and handed out lyric sheets to demonstrate how the music conveys American values.  Skeptical?  Click the link to read some for yourself.

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Baltic Public Diplomacy - No One Size Fits All

Friday, December 6th 2013

Council Member and Adjunct Professor Bruce Gregory found our December 2 First Monday Forum on Baltic States Public Diplomacy worthy of a review.  We're carrying his note as a guest blog post.

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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

2013 Forum, Panel 2: "U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century"

Friday, November 29th 2013

The Forum's first panel addressed Public Diplomacy past; the third panel discussed Public Diplomacy's future.  This panel focused on Public Diplomacy present -- looking at the field since the shock of 9/11.

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in Latin America

Thursday, November 21st 2013

Council Vice-President Robert Albro is flagging a Nov. 25 symposium on Latin America’s cultural industries as something of interest to members.  The conference “explores options for government and multilateral promotion of the cultural sector, and … one dimension of this includes soft power considerations of the relationship between promotion of national creative economies and public diplomacy.”

The organizers are American University's Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and the Inter-American Development Bank and Cultural Center. The event convenes experts from Latin America and the US on the relationship of culture to the economy. 

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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

Kennedy: Youth Public Diplomacy

Thursday, November 21st 2013

I am still sort of surprised that they swore me into the U.S. Foreign Service at just 22 years of age – fresh out of college the previous summer.  It was 1970 and a few years after "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Off I went to my first assignment – Caracas, Venezuela – where I would be a JOT (Junior Officer Trainee) for my first year. In those days FSOs were sworn in as tenured officers immediately, but given an initial yearlong overseas assignment for “training.”

After twelve months of working in each section of the entire embassy for a month or six weeks at a time, they judged me worthy of a real assignment.  I became "ACAO (Student Affairs)."

 

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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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JFK+50: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums

Sunday, November 17th 2013

As the nation pauses to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy fifty years ago, Public Diplomacy practitioners will recall the famous film made by Bruce Herschensohn for the U.S. Information Agency after the President's death, John F. Kennedy:  Years of Lightning, Day of Drums.

The 86-minute memorial documentary recalled the achievements of the President as the "Years of Lightning."  The "Day of Drums" was the day of the President's burial at Arlington Cemetery.  The documentary highlighted six "faces" of President Kennedy's New Frontier -- the Peace Corps, the conquest of space, the Alliance for Progress, civil rights, freedom, and peace.

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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Jul. 6 - AFSA, 12:00 pm-1:15 pm, Boots and Beer, Hearts and Minds: Country Music as American Public Diplomacy

Aug. 3 - AFSA, 12:00 pm-1:15 pm, Combating Boko Haram

Sept. 14 - AFSA, 12:00 pm-1:15 pm, A Tour of US Embassies on Social Networks

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