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99 years of diplomatic history on your desktop

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.

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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


What's Inside the Latest PDC Book?

Thursday, January 5th 2017

Following up on a prior post, here are the abstracts of each chapter in the PDC’s latest book--

1. Introduction

Deborah L. Trent

2. Public Diplomacy: Can It Be Defined?

Anthony C. E. Quainton

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Debbie Trent is a public diplomacy and international development analyst. Her regional areas of expertise include the Near East, North Africa, South Asia, and Eurasia.

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Author: Dr. Deborah Trent

New PDC Volume for Instruction, Practice, and Analysis

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.

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Debbie Trent is a public diplomacy and international development analyst. Her regional areas of expertise include the Near East, North Africa, South Asia, and Eurasia.

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Author: Dr. Deborah Trent

Announcing: Images of Public Diplomacy Exhibit

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

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Summary: A career public diplomacy officer, Brian Carlson advises the InterMedia research organization on military and foreign affairs issues and manages communication strategies for private clients. 


Ambassador Brian E. Carlson, a former Career Minister in the United States Foreign Service, currently assists international media and audience analysis firm InterMedia on defense and diplomatic sector activities. 

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Author: Brian Carlson

Quotable: “The Future of the Army” Report

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.”

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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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