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