Friday, August 11th 2017
Professional Study in a Public Diplomacy Career
Donald M. Bishop
After their initial “entry level” assignments, most Foreign Service Officers in the Public Diplomacy cone begin their careers with one or more overseas tours as an IO, AIO, CAO, ACAO, APAO, or Consulate PAO. These are the assignments that in time lead to becoming an embassy’s Public Affairs Officer, a member of the Country Team, and the Ambassador’s principal advisor on communication and Public Diplomacy.
It’s a hectic time for Public Diplomacy, and officers in these gateway jobs are so busy that the daily path of least resistance may be to “go with the flow” -- to take on one task at a time, to let the usual run of PAS and Embassy staff meetings fill up the weeks, and let Washington’s deadlines order the work.
The down side of this approach is that it’s passive. It forfeits the initiative that wins recognition and advancement. The promotion panels smile on those officers who make their own breaks with a record of active achievement of U.S. goals.Read More
Sunday, May 14th 2017
When my paper copy of the Foreign Service Journal arrives, I set aside time to go through it from cover to cover. There's always something about foreign affairs that I haven't seen in the various newspapers, newsletters and electronic sources I receive.
The American Foreign Service Association has announced recently an electronic archive going back 99 years. You'll see from one of the first covers that in 1919, the Journal called itself the American Consular Bulletin and was published by the American Consular Association.Read More
Thursday, January 5th 2017
Following up on a prior post, here are the abstracts of each chapter in the PDC’s latest book--
Deborah L. Trent
2. Public Diplomacy: Can It Be Defined?
Anthony C. E. QuaintonRead More
Tuesday, January 3rd 2017
Looking for some news you can use in this time of sound-bitten political transition? Or, for a straightforward, yet up-to-date instructional volume? The 11 contributors to Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future provide historical analysis, practice-based evidence, and forward-leaning insights for new and continuing actors in U.S. diplomacy’s expanding public dimension. The book is the U.S.Read More
Thursday, October 13th 2016
We are excited to invite you to submit your photographs for display in the Public Diplomacy Council’s 2017 photographic exhibition, Images of Public Diplomacy: Ideas, Experiences, Relationships.Read More