The role of public diplomacy in statecraft; professional ethics; organizational principles; arguments for using public diplomacy

What’s Ahead Following A Russian War Threat In Vienna?

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, puts it bluntly. “As people see unaccountable rulers (those not empowered in free elections) prioritize their own interests over that of their publics,” he contends, “a popular demand for rights-respecting democracy remains strong.” The second week of 2022 appears to have been crucial in determining whether or…

Antony Blinken at a podium

A New Season for Public Diplomacy

As Americans struggle to regain our balance from the twin terrors of hyper-partisan infighting and the global Covid pandemic other countries are watching — and drawing conclusions about their future strategic and economic interests.  Looking abroad, President Biden has emphasized rebuilding our global leadership and the advancing American strategic and economic interests through partnerships, a…

Foreign Policy Trends To Look For: 2022

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) focuses on four foreign policy news stories to follow this year. “Any one of them,” the CFR website says, “could turn into the dominant news event of the year — or fade away.  We’ll know in 12 months which will sizzle and which will fizzle.” The top four are:…

2022: Some Hopeful Precedents In ’21?

INSPIRING EXAMPLE #1: With the New Year now here, a Dec. 22 Washington Post lead editorial, “A Victory for Democracy,” praised Chile’s recent presidential election as a model for others to consider in 2022. The winner was 35-year-old Gabriel Boric, a member of Chile’s Congress and former organizer of student protests.  But what impressed the…

The Year’s Global Bright Spots: Part 2

Internationally, there were a few positive developments, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. In a CFR article entitled “The Ten Most Significant World Events in 2021,” James M. Lindsay cites several milestones amidst a series of setbacks. Among them, the seemingly unending global struggle to contain COVID-19. Among the leading pluses of the year,…

2021: Bright Spots In A Challenged Planet

“It’s a world supplied with precisely the right amounts of gravity and atmosphere,” Washington Post columnist David von Drehle wrote on November 24, “enough water and sunlight but not too much of either.” “Scientists have gazed thousands of light-years in search of another such place, and still, this is the only one for sure, a…