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

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…

Is It the Dawn of a New Middle East?

That was President Trump’s characterization of the treaty signings at the White House September 15 of the first agreements in more than a quarter of a century between Israel and a pair of tiny Arab Persian Gulf states, the United Arab Republic (UAE) and Bahrain. The announcement was rolled out for maximum public diplomacy.  But…

Five PD Favorites by Mike Anderson

1.DEBATES COMING UP: The nonprofit, non-partisan Commission on Public Debates (CPD) has released the schedule for the important 2020 presidential election debates. The three presidential debates will be September 29 in Cleveland; October 15 in Miami; and October 22 in Nashville. The one vice presidential debate will be October 7 in Salt Lake City. The…