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2013 Forum: The Future of Public Diplomacy

Thursday, February 13th 2014

In the future, more flexibility, risk-taking and reform will be required of public diplomacy practitioners and policy makers, our panel concluded.

This was the last of three plenary sessions of the PDC's Fall Forum held November 12, 2013, at the George C. Marshall Conference Center of the U.S. Department of State.  It was our "look to the future," with the mandate to imagine what lies in store for public diplomacy.

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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the U.S. Government.

Todd Leventhal worked countering Soviet, Iraqi, and other disinformation and conspiracy theories at the U.S. Information Agency from 1987 to 1996 and for the State Department from 2002 to 2010 and during 2015.  He now works at the Global Engagement Center, an interagency organization within the State Department that seeks to use messaging to decrease recruitment to ISIS and other terrorist groups.

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Soft Power and Nosey Uncle Sam

Tuesday, January 21st 2014

My mother used to grouse about the small Texas town where she grew up, a place where “everybody knew your business.”  Perhaps that was partly why my parents moved to the big city of Fort Worth, Texas, where I was born.

Nobody likes a nosey neighbor.

Last year’s revelations about United States electronic surveillance delivered a body blow to America’s soft power, with no detectable public reaction from America’s diplomats.  After President Obama’s speech, the United States can begin a more robust dialogue on the subject – if public diplomacy leaders take action.

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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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Facebook Advertising and Public Diplomacy and the Blogosphere ... Oh My!

Monday, July 8th 2013

Stories about $650 thousand spent by the State Department’s International Information Programs (IIP) bureau on Facebook advertising have proliferated, prompting extensive discussion (see John Brown’s public diplomacy blog for examples.)

The background comes from an inspection report recently made public by State’s Office of the Inspector General.  Our busy commentators can’t possibly have read the report, or their accounts would pick up far more salient issues.

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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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Tech@State on Freedom To Connect

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.

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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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Techie State Department: Public Diplomacy, Ediplomacy, or Just Buzz?

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.

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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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