American public diplomacy
Monday, January 16th 2017
Congratulations! You’re a State Department political officer with a new assignment. “Hopefulstan” has a history of corruption, but its citizens are eager to democratize, and you have the tools that American foreign service officers have always been able to rely on: a persuasive lecture about the importance of the rule of law, and equally persuasive warnings about how official corruption damages both civil society and foreign investment.
On top of all that, you have the prestige that comes with representing the United States of America, which is known and admired worldwide for advocating those values.
After only a week at your new post, however, you find things are worse than you thought. Hopefulstan’s corruption is widespread at high levels...Read More
Saturday, January 7th 2017
"‘The United States is more secure, more respected, and more engaged in the world than we were when President Obama took office eight years ago. We have brought the international community together to confront the most serious challenges we face and to seize the most significant opportunities that will shape our future.’
Headline: Cabinet Exit Memo
Author: Secretary of State John KerryRead More
Thursday, December 1st 2016
Remarks at the Broadcasting Board of Governors public board meeting on November 30, 2016:
Mr. Chairman, Governors, ladies and gentlemen.
My name is Adam Clayton Powell III, and I am President of the Public Diplomacy Council and Director of Washington Programs for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy. But these remarks today reflect only my views and not those of either organization.Read More
Tuesday, November 29th 2016
Susan Stevenson began her Foreign Service career at the U.S. Information Agency and adapted her craft to the Department of State, where she prospered. Susan Stevenson is currently Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Public Affairs. In this article, published earlier this month and repeated her with her permisision, she looks back over her career and the changes in world politics and media that have elevated the role of public diplomacy.
Why Public Diplomacy Matters More than Ever
When I joined the United States Information Agency in 1992, public diplomacy was not seen as equal to other cones in the Foreign Service. My entry-level training class was separate from that of my State Department colleagues, with whom we interacted only twice: an overnight trip to Harper’s Ferry to simulate working in an embassy and our graduation ceremony in the Ben Franklin Room. State Department counterparts wondered if we public diplomacy officers had to take the Foreign Service Exam (we did) and whether we hadn’t scored as well. Early in my training, a State colleague learned I had an Ivy League degree and was surprised I hadn’t joined State instead, not knowing I had turned down three State offers before joining USIA.Read More
Wednesday, November 23rd 2016
For America’s Public Diplomacy, no time to waste
Donald M. Bishop
As all wait for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominations, it’s not too soon to begin thinking about the grave challenges America faces in public diplomacy. There’s no time to waste.Read More