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D-Day: President Roosevelt Calls the Nation to Prayer

Public Diplomacy is much about communication, advocacy, and appeals.  Public Diplomacy practitioners can learn this from textbooks, theories, and seminars, but the past opens another window. America was keyed up on June 6, 1944, when President Franklin Roosevelt spoke to the nation.  From fragmentary news reports – the wire services always monitored German broadcasts –…

Two figures walk bathed in colored lights

U.S. Broadcasting Chronicles Revival in America’s Heartland

Noted columnist David Brooks recently asserted that what he termed “an American renaissance is already happening.”  He noted that as the national government appears to be divided and polarized, cities far from Washington’s corridors of power are working to transform their communities — large and small. I recently experienced this firsthand in Houston, Texas, America’s fourth…

“Tell Me More”

When I entered the Foreign Service in 1979, my class of 16 new Public Diplomacy officers was taught to cultivate “the Foreign Service manner,” the habits of diplomacy — listening, accurate reporting, careful speaking, and a certain care in asking questions without an edge.  So much of Public Diplomacy is about “telling,” it’s good to…

Photograph of Herb Romerstein

Remembering Herb Romerstein

As the subject of Russian disinformation comes increasingly to the fore, it is worth remembering Herb Romerstein, who headed the U.S. Information Agency’s Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation and Active Measures from 1983 to 1989 and was the foremost American expert on this important subject. Herb, who died in 2013, had been a “kid communist”…