Areas of PDC activity, including academic study, professional practice and advocacy

Soft Power and Hard Targets

Occasionally I co-lead a strategy workshop for State Department practitioners of public diplomacy.  Each participant brings a topic and develops it into a public diplomacy campaign over five days; it’s learning by doing. The hardest thing for our students – both Foreign Service Officers and locally-hired staffers – is to define a clear objective and…

Photographers and “propaganda,” friends and enemies

Today’s Public Diplomacy practitioners work in a loud, visually saturated, media-intense age when “post-truth,” “many truths,” and “alternative facts” are themes of academic, social, and political debate.  They work in many different cultures at a time when the claims of identity, rather than universality and common humanity, gain sway.   Issue 47 (2017) of Foam:…