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A New Season for Public Diplomacy

As Americans struggle to regain our balance from the twin terrors of hyper-partisan infighting and the global Covid pandemic other countries are watching — and drawing conclusions about their future strategic and economic interests.  Looking abroad, President Biden has emphasized rebuilding our global leadership and the advancing American strategic and economic interests through partnerships, a…

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Lessons from Afghanistan – Two Ambassadors Speak

Donald Bishop, a Public Diplomacy Council past president and scholar at the Marine Corps University, sounded out two former ambassadors to Afghanistan on lessons for public diplomacy from the United States’  twenty-year engagement there. “Afghanistan: A Look Back at the Whole-of-Government Enterprise,” First Monday Forum for December 13, drew 73 attendees.  It featured Ambassador Ryan…

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Making the Most of Talent for Virtual Programming

The value of presentation skill sets in public diplomacy is more important than ever. By Loren Hurst Today’s communications environment has vastly increased the importance of presentation skill sets at all levels. Public diplomacy practitioners compete with infinite content choices, where anyone can get online and produce a blog, podcast, or even a feature film.…

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Afghanistan: What’s Next?

The situation in the strategically important South/Central Asian country of Afghanistan is crucial in the foreign policies of the U.S. and its NATO partners in the days ahead. In Afghanistan itself, August 19 would normally be a day of celebration: independence from British control on that date in 1919. That’s hardly the case in 2021.…

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Our View – Public Diplomacy and Afghanistan

Following is the text of a letter from the Public Diplomacy Council and the Public Diplomacy Association of America to members of congressional foreign affairs committees regarding public diplomacy on the situation in Afghanistan.   The Public Diplomacy Council and Public Diplomacy Association of America are non-partisan, non-profit organizations committed to promoting the professional practice,…

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Afghanistan: Perils or Promise?

By Alan Heil Today’s news that the United States and NATO allies have departed the Bagram Air Base, the largest military installation in Afghanistan, calls for reflection. Twenty years ago, U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan. That was just a couple of weeks after al-Qaeda terrorists from Afghanistan killed 2,977 Americans in the infamous September 11 attacks…