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Guest post: John Matel on First Monday's deans panel

Thursday, April 6th 2017

John Matel, who retired one year ago from a career in public diplomacy as a Foreign Service Officer, left this impression of our most recent First Monday Forum with three deans of international relations schools discussing trends in teaching.

[Taken from Facebook, with John Matel's permission]

Keeping some contact with my earlier life in public diplomacy, I went to “First Monday” held at AFSA and sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Council. This episode featured deans of schools that teach public diplomacy: James Goldgeier of American University, Joel Hellman of Georgetown, and Reuben Brigety II of George Washington talking about what they are teaching these days.

I have long said that public diplomacy is not rocket science. Almost everything we do in public diplomacy is simple and most of it is obvious. Doing it is not so easy. A comparison might be my cooking skills versus those of Gordon Ramsey. We can both use the same recipe, but I suspect his results might be better.

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Joe B. Johnson

Board member

 

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

New information about university courses in public diplomacy

Monday, October 24th 2016

Want to know which universities are most focused on public diplomacy?  Where to get degrees in the subject?  What kinds of courses form a part of a public diplomacy program?  Take a look at our recently revised Academic Study page.

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Joe B. Johnson

Board member

 

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

Luce Foundation President at PDC forum: ‘Asia matters to all of us’

Friday, October 7th 2016

"One of our goals sounds absurdly simple: increase knowledge of Asia among US leaders."

That was how Michael Gilligan described the mission of the foundation he leads, the Henry Luce Foundation, adding, “Asia matters to all of us.”

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Adam Clayton Powell III

Board member

Adam Clayton Powell III is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California's Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and directs the Center's Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative. He is also University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy

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Author: Adam Powell

Instant insights for public diplomacy and strategic communication: our Quotables

Saturday, July 9th 2016

Donald Bishop, past president of the Council, decided more than a year ago to review all the writings that he could find on the Web (and then some) concerning public diplomacy, strategic communication, and related public affairs activities, mostly focusing on the United States Government.  Don dubbed each item a "Quotable," and delivered its key insights in a blog post.

Readers of our blog will notice that Don's Quotables dominate.  Such is the volume of comment and Don's commitment to the subject matter.  He has summarized many hundreds of articles on these pages.  And they're organized to reveal what writers are thinking about most every facet of government communication.

Look at a Quotable below on this page.  Each carries a bevy of tags.  Click on a tag and you will see all the other Quotables on that same subject.  I just checked Don's tag "misinformation" and found seven articles on one of the most salient topics of the moment.

Several of our members cover scholarly writings as well as publishing on their own.  One that this website carries is Bruce Gregory's Resources, a monthly compendium of scholarly publications.  Bruce includes hyperlinks where they are available.

Public Diplomacy practitioners in particular would benefit from reading more into their topic, and I can't think of a better way to start than by consulting our Quotables.

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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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Donald M. Bishop is the Bren Chair of Strategic Communications at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. 

Mr. Bishop served as a Foreign Service Officer – first in the U.S. Information Agency and then in the Department of State – for 31 years.  Specializing in Public Diplomacy, political-military affairs, and East Asia, he attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the career service.  He was President of the Public Diplomacy Council from 2013 to 2015 and is now a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

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