Saturday, June 18th 2016
The gold standard of comprehensive reports on human rights in China is published by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The Commission -- comprised of nine members of the House of Representative, nine Senators, and five senior Administration officials appointed by the President and representing the Department of State, Department of Labor, and the Department of Commerce – was established in 2001.
The Commission’s Annual Report for 2015 was released on October 8, 2015. In her press conference on October 12, PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “The so-called report by the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China makes groundless accusation against China's domestic affairs.”
The 335-page report with nearly 2400 citations included many sections of interest to Public Diplomacy specialists. Here are a few suggestive quotes from the executive summary:Read More
Monday, May 20th 2013
As controversy over federal intrusion into AP journalists’ phone records roiled Washington, an investigator reported a steep decline in the government’s support of free media development overseas.
A panel of experts convened by the Center for International Media Assistance http://cima.ned.org joined former U.S. News Editor and Reporter Peter Carey to review his paper U.S. Government Funding for Media Assistance: Trends and Strategies. Public diplomacy garnered only a mention during the hour and a half discussion at the National Endowment for Democracy last Thursday. But the findings are salient for any public diplomacy section interested in the topic.Read More
Saturday, March 9th 2013
Yesterday's Internet Freedom conference sponsored by Tech@State spanned broadcasting and public diplomacy. And everything else. More than 50 technologists discussed the global tug of war between human rights and repression, economic development and cyber attacks, and the erosion of privacy.
Talking with State Department public diplomats I rarely hear of this topic. I wonder how that will change when (probably not "if") the United States suffers a zero-day attack.Read More
Friday, April 20th 2012
Have you noticed the chatter about the State Department and new media over the past month?
ITEM: After a Tumblr blog put captions on photos of Secretary Clinton wearing sunglasses, imagining text messages that she might be sending to celebrities, the Secretary didn’t protest. She invited the authors to the State Department to meet in person. Public diplomacy can’t buy this kind of publicity.Read More
Wednesday, December 7th 2011
My fellow contributor Brian Carlson called my attention to the U.S. State Department's announcement of a new virtual embassy for Tehran. Available in English and Farsi, the site aggregates official USG information of interest to Iranian citizens, who of course have no actual U.S. embassy or consulate.
The site was blocked from Iranians' view right away by the Government of Iran.Read More