What Can Public Diplomacy Learn from a Fighter Pilot?

Air Force Colonel John Boyd (1927-1999), “the fighter pilot who changed the art of war,” was a key military thinker in the last decades of the 20th century.  His energy-maneuverability theory revolutionized fighter tactics, and his famous “Patterns of Conflict” briefing has deeply influenced two generations of military strategists. Public Diplomacy is an instrument of…

Public Diplomacy’s Oral History Interviews

Public Diplomacy’s Oral History Interviews Donald M. Bishop   It’s a commonplace that most historical studies of U.S. public diplomacy have focused on Washington policies, themes, leaders, and decisions.   They have thus slighted how policies were implemented “in the field” — in other nations, regions, and societies.  There’s not much written on how Public…

U.S. Public Diplomacy’s Chief Departs at Key Moment

By Joe B. Johnson Bruce Wharton, the first Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy from the ranks of the career Foreign Service, has retired.  Wharton has provided stellar leadership and set a fine example for public diplomacy employees since his appointment last December.  No successor has been announced. Nothing indicates that Ambassador Wharton’s departure is anything other than…