From Soviet Propaganda to the "Firehose of Russian Falsehood"

Scott M. Rauland, U.S. State Department Senior Advisor for the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, discussed American public diplomacy initiatives in Eastern Europe before a capacity crowd at First Monday Forum on June 5 at the American Foreign Service Association.

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Thumbs down for US pavilion

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.

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Author: Lisa Heyn

Public Diplomacy In Action

Sunday, November 28th 2010

Here 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

American Public Diplomacy is Alive and Well in Northern Thailand

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.

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Author: Bill Kiehl

First (?) new US center opens

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.

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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. authors name for more info

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Go Nimble or Go Home

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. 

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Dr. Nancy Snow

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Nancy Snow is a scholar, professor, speaker, and author/editor of six books, including the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy, Information War, and Propaganda, Inc. Dr. Snow is a former Presidential Management Fellow in public diplomacy and cultural affairs at the USIA and Department of State. Reach her at authors name for more info

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