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

VOA: Analysts Cite Credibility As Key In Its 9th Decade Beginning This Month

A panel of media and foreign affairs experts gathered February 3 in Washington to assess America’s largest publicly-financed media organization at a landmark historic week in Voice history. Among them: —VOA Acting Director Yolanda Lopez —Sanford (Sandy) Ungar, Director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University and Former VOA Director —Roya Mahboob of Afghanistan’s…

No Discernable Progress In Ukraine Talks

Shortly after Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on January 19, the Voice of America gained an authoritative readout from America’s top diplomat on how Washington views the Ukraine crisis. During an exclusive Kiev interview with Secretary Blinken shortly after his meeting with Mr. Zelensky, VOA’s East Europe…

43 Pence Per Day: The Cost Of British Soft Power?

Note: This article was originally released on the USC Center on Public Diplomacy Blog: https://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/blog/43-pence-day-cost-british-soft-power. News broke January 15, 2022 that the UK government is set to freeze the BBC license fee. UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has proposed what amounts to a £285 million yearly reduction in the national broadcaster’s budget. This decision will likely cause significant harm…

A U.S.-Russia War Over Ukraine?

David Sanger of the New York Times sums up the crisis crisply: —Russian troops are encircling Ukraine from three sides. —There are warnings of crushing Western sanctions against Russia if more of Moscow’s troops enter Ukraine. —Yet there are still “off-ramps” in the crisis.  Soon, the United States and NATO are expected to react forcefully…

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…