Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Thursday, December 2nd 2010
Posted on behalf of Bill Lenderkin
Thumbs down for US pavilion
November 3, 2010 (Source: Shanghai Daily)
Chinese visitors voted the USA Pavilion as the most disappointing foreign pavilion at the World Expo 2010, according to a survey released yesterday by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
The survey was a sharp contrast to one by Millward Brown-ACSR and Ogilvy in January, which found the USA Pavilion was chosen as the venue Chinese people most wanted to see.Read More
Sunday, November 28th 2010Here is an example of public diplomacy in action: The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs has just published "The Eagle and the Elephant: Thai American Relations Since 1833" which was produced for the Thai Embassy in Washington by PDWorldwide (PDC Member Bill Kiehl's international consulting firm). Read More
Sunday, November 28th 2010
Photo shows PDC Member Bill Kiehl (left) with Chiang Mai AUA Director John Gunther during Bill's recent visit to Thailand. In 1996 Bill, then the Director of USIS in Thailand, transferred the American Center Library and program center to the AUA following budget cuts that forced USIA to close the branch post in northern Thailand.Read More
Friday, November 12th 2010
The Straits Times of Jakarta reported November 11 the opening of @America, "a new performance space and resource centre in the Pacific Place Mall. Set up by the US Embassy in Jakarta, the centre is the first of its kind in the world."
A step forward in PD czar Judith McHale's push to open new spaces outside our bunker embassies, perhaps.Read More
Tuesday, November 2nd 2010
The U.S. Military spends $1.75 B/day going big because we can. We’re big on guns, battleships, and battalions but not nimble enough with our information and netwars. What’s been our philosophy? James Jones once said, “The bigger the hammer, the better the outcome.” In Iraq our strategy was “Shock and Awe” while General Powell advocated “overwhelming force.”
It’s not hammer time.Read More