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

Covid-19: a Universal Tragedy

President Trump’s battle with coronavirus and its spread to several of his top aides have dominated global media since the news broke October 1 that the president had contracted the disease.  The President is one of more than 35 million persons around the world confirmed to have contracted the disease according to the World Health…

Portrait of Justice Ginsburg

Five PD Favorites by Mike Anderson

1.REMEMBERING JUSTICE RUTH GINSBURG AND “SCOTUS DIPLOMACY”: Amidst the avalanche of media coverage of the September 18, 2020 death of Justice Ginsburg, one photo may have stood out for many in the PD community. It was the unforgettable picture of liberal Justice Ginsburg seated behind her conservative friend and colleague, Justice Antonin Scalia, while riding…

Five PD Favorites by Mike Anderson

1. IKE’S MEMORIAL AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The National Park Service has just opened its fifth presidential memorial off the National Mall. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the memorial honors Dwight D. Eisenhower, and is appropriately located on Independence Avenue, SW between 4th and 6th Streets, SW, across from the Voice of America.  Although it…

U.S. International Broadcasting: a Crisis in Leadership?

The House Foreign Affairs Committee summoned Michael Pack, the CEO of five publicly-funded overseas networks, to be the principal figure at a long-scheduled hearing September 24.  The problem was: Mr. Pack, though under subpoena after resisting the invitation, never showed up. The main issue:  Mr. Pack’s nearly four-month leadership of the Voice of America, Radio…

Five PD Favorites by Mike Anderson

1. WHITE HOUSE CEREMONIES AND PHOTO OPS: Veteran Middle East experts, public diplomacy hands, and White House observers will remember two dates that attracted intense international media attention and stimulated great optimism: March 26, 1979, and September 13, 1993. Both marked Middle East peace progress and produced iconic foreign policy photo ops and “deliverables” from the…