Monday, November 21st 2016
Public Diplomacy’s Oral History Interviews
Donald M. Bishop
It’s a commonplace that most historical studies of U.S. public diplomacy have focused on Washington policies, themes, leaders, and decisions.
They have thus slighted how policies were implemented “in the field” -- in other nations, regions, and societies. There’s not much written on how Public Diplomacy officers at U.S. embassies, consulates, and American centers presented the United States to the people of other societies or how they advanced U.S. policies.
Those who want to gain insight into Public Diplomacy as it is implemented overseas will find a valuable resource in the extensive oral history program of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. ASDT’s offices are on the Arlington campus of the George Schultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center. (In the State Department, the NFATC is usually called the Foreign Service Institute, FSI.)Read More
Friday, September 23rd 2016
“U.S. foreign policy elites tend to believe public opinion at best complicates a steady hand on the strategy tiller. In turn, the public distrusts any U.S. Government management of information for fear that it will be twisted and used in attempts to control the body politic.”
Headline: “National-Level Coordination and Implementation: How System Attributes Trumped Leadership”
Subhead: Strategic CommunicationsRead More
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016
Jay Nordlinger of National Review wrote five “impromptus” after visiting former President George W. Bush in Texas. They appeared as five articles that ran on the magazine’s website from March 14-18, 2016.
In the normal cycle of American politics, when a new president comes from the other political party, words of praise or appreciation for the previous incumbent are few. President Bush, moreover, has largely kept out of the public eye since he left office. In the interviews with Nordlinger, Bush43 looked back on his administration and discussed his continued belief in the animating power of freedom.
Public Diplomacy practitioners will be interested to learn of the international agenda of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, located at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Underlying every Public Diplomacy program are concepts of American freedoms, so a look back at the “freedom agenda” of the Bush administration – given expression in his second inaugural address – is surely helpful.Read More
Tuesday, March 8th 2016
“The North Korean regime depends upon isolation from the outside world to maintain its grip and pursue its international objectives. The regime is deadly afraid of what it terms 'ideological and cultural poisoning': that is, of foreign media, international information, cultural exchanges, and the like. We should be saying: Bring on the 'poisoning'! The more contact that enslaved population has with the outside world, the better.” So concluded Nicholas Eberstadt – who holds the Henry Wendt Chair at the American Enterprise Institute -- in an article, “Wishful Thinking Has Prevented Effective Threat Reduction in North Korea,” published in the February 29, 2016 issue of National Review. Here are the portions of his essay that focus on North Korea’s ideology and ways to weaken it.
- Our policy is a failure because our public and our leaders do not understand our adversary and his intentions.
Sunday, January 10th 2016
“Mina Yoon” is a North Korean who escaped and now lives in Seoul. She answers questions about North Korea in a blog on the nknews.org website. A reader asked, “Who do North Koreans think started the Korean War?” Ms. Yoon wrote, “I was one of the many people who found it extremely hard to believe that North Korea started the Korean War.Read More