Monday, May 12th 2014
Because this is the Public Diplomacy Council, and because we believe public diplomacy works, we should speak up when there is a danger of damage to America’s public diplomacy.
Speaking up is even more appropriate when American diplomacy in general seems to be most in need of all its strengths and tools. I mean, would you cut off the water while the firefighters are dealing with a burning building? Would you take arms away from soldiers in the midst of a battle?
But that’s what someone seems to be doing to the diplomats at the State Department. Just at the moment when America is bringing the troops home, when Vladimir Putin is challenging us as no one has since 1939, and when the United States needs friends and partners more than ever before, the State Department proposes a 30.5 million dollar cut in the Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program.Read More