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

Public Diplomacy Candidate at Foreign Relations Committee

Irwin Steven Goldstein told the Foreign Relations Committee, “If confirmed, I look forward to working with the Department’s very talented career officials to ensure that we are speaking with one clear, consistent, and compelling voice.” The veteran public relations executive’s official statement is attached to this blog post.  He appeared before the Foreign Relations Committee…

Five days with Michael Novak

By Donald M. Bishop – The death, earlier this year, of Michael Novak — philosopher, journalist, and diplomat committed to Public Diplomacy and international broadcasting – reminded me of an extraordinary five days I spent with him in Bangladesh in 1995.  Here are some memories of his visit — and insights for Public Diplomacy. In…

Global Dialogues and Nativist Travel Bans

The Trump administration’s immigration crackdown directly damages US cultural diplomacy, and undermines the flow of transnational cultural content in ways at once parochial and potentially damaging to the US as a source of global inspiration over the long term. This is how once influential US soft power can become irrelevant. The Trump administration’s anti-immigration crackdown,…

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Making the Hard Case for Soft Power: an Echo

There is room for optimism that Congress will reject the Administration’s proposed deep cuts to exchanges programs and to public diplomacy in general.  However, if you want to defend these programs, now is the time to speak out. Through our member Sherry Mueller, the Public Diplomacy Council joined major PD advocacy organizations to sponsor “Making…

8/30 Broadcasting Board of Governors Meeting Remarks from PDC President Adam C. Powell

Remarks by Adam Clayton Powell III Broadcasting Board of Governors August 30, 2017   Thank you, Mr. Chairman; Governors, Director Lansing, ladies and gentlemen.   My name is Adam Powell, and I am the President of the Public Diplomacy Council and Director of Washington Programs for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for Communication…