Sunday, July 30th 2017
Bruce Wharton, the first Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy from the ranks of the career Foreign Service, has retired. Wharton has provided stellar leadership and set a fine example for public diplomacy employees since his appointment last December. No successor has been announced.Read More
Thursday, January 19th 2017
“You can call it ‘information warfare,’ ‘hybrid warfare,’ or ‘political warfare,’ but whatever you call it, an adversary’s attempts to shape the minds and will of people toward a political end is not new to the United States. Nor will this be the first time the United States sought to wield these weapons against its foes.”
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. . . by blocking the development and deployment of civilian and overt activities, Fulbright’s actions on the Freedom Academy and the Smith-Mundt Act have done more to militarize American foreign policy than any other single act by denying Congress, policymakers, and practitioners critical experience, methods, and historical precedent to properly defend the nation through nonmilitary means.
Author: Matthew ArmstrongRead More
Monday, July 21st 2014
By Katie Leasor, Program Designer, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, The Collaboratory
I was sitting in a meeting with a local D.C. charter school at the State Department when my colleague came up with a brilliant idea on how we could collaborate with them on virtual exchange programs. I began writing it down in my notebook when the black ink slowly turned grey, and eventually wouldn’t write at all.
Despite anxiously drawing circles to try and revive it, my pen died.Read More
Monday, May 12th 2014
Because this is the Public Diplomacy Council, and because we believe public diplomacy works, we should speak up when there is a danger of damage to America’s public diplomacy.
Speaking up is even more appropriate when American diplomacy in general seems to be most in need of all its strengths and tools. I mean, would you cut off the water while the firefighters are dealing with a burning building? Would you take arms away from soldiers in the midst of a battle?
But that’s what someone seems to be doing to the diplomats at the State Department. Just at the moment when America is bringing the troops home, when Vladimir Putin is challenging us as no one has since 1939, and when the United States needs friends and partners more than ever before, the State Department proposes a 30.5 million dollar cut in the Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program.Read More
Tuesday, December 31st 2013
At the end of the year, we tend to look back and think of what was memorable or noteworthy about the 12 months past. There’s a cliché about lists – especially lists of the best – of whatever.
Not to be outdone, we thought it a good idea to try to assemble a list of the best public diplomacy actions, ideas, programs or decisions of 2013. On short notice we invited ideas from current FSO’s and retirees, academics, business people, political appointees, journalists, pundits, and other observers. We got a surprising number of suggestions, and we had to pick among them with an admittedly parochial, personal and indefensible selection process.
You may not agree with our selection below, or you may have another example of public diplomacy not listed here that you want to put forward. Well, that’s what the comments feature is for!
Read on to see the list...