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
Sunday, October 9th 2016
In September, 2016, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security of the Atlantic Council published a report The Future of the Army: Today, Tomorrow, and the Day after Tomorrow by retired Army Lieutenant General David Barno and Nora Bensahel, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at American University’s School of International Service.
The two bluntly assessed national security challenges in the near, medium, and long term. Shaping the Army and its overseas basing and logistics postures to meet these challenges will no doubt require substantial collaboration with the Department of State.
There are, however, no mentions of “diplomacy,” “diplomatic,” “public affairs,” “public relations,” or “civil affairs” in the report.
Neither are there mentions of “information operations,” “international development,” “disinformation,” “propaganda,” or “stabilization.” There is a single glancing mention of “interagency.”Read More
Friday, September 9th 2016
Donna Oglesby, Diplomat in Residence at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, has published a book chapter just in time for this Presidential campaign. Here is Donna's take on the value of diplomatic rhetoric.
"A community that believes understanding, informing, and influencing foreign publics and dialogue between Americans and United States’ institutions and their counterparts abroad is worthwhile is a community using and living within public, that is to say political, language. Diplomats, above all are committed to the idea that contradictions in interests and values can often be worked out rationally, using language. We believe that effective verbal and non-verbal language can lubricate the great and smaller gears enmeshing separated political communities into a single international system within which differences can be addressed without conflict.
"Given our understanding of political language as an instrument used to explain and persuade, what are we to make of this presidential election season, indeed, this year in global politics? Like Alice in a strange new land, I feel the need to question the all-knowing Cheshire Cat: "what sort of people live about here?" to which the cat replies "in that direction lives a Hatter, and in that direction, lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad!".
"Mad or not, their language defines the realm in which diplomats now work. Perhaps it’s time to take a longer look at Diplomatic Language. Join me in Chapter 20 of the new Sage Handbook of Diplomacy."Read More