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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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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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Amid pandemic decline in study abroad, U.S. remains the top attraction

According to a report released today, the U.S. remains the premier destination for international students, but as expected, overall student numbers fell during the pandemic.  The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors, released November 15, reports a total of 914,095 international students studied at American universities in the 2020/21 academic year. That number represents…

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Engaging Stakeholders in the Virtual Context

Building effective online interaction is all about listening, not technology. By Loren Hurst   Some time ago, I noticed the term “ecosystem” began regularly showing up as a descriptor for business and political concepts. Once a term confined to the natural sciences, today we have industrial ecosystems, policy ecosystems, innovation ecosystems, and many others too…

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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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Biden Nominee for Educational and Cultural Affairs Gets a Senate Hearing

The Biden Administration’s nominee for a major part of U.S. public diplomacy received a favorable hearing from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Assistant secretaries for educational and cultural affairs are traditionally primus inter pares in State’s public diplomacy leadership circle.  In 2019, the bureau’s budget was $700.9 million.  Only the U.S. Agency for Global Media…

A Global Dialogue About Citizen Diplomats

The largest activity of the Public Diplomacy Council is probably one that most members don’t know about.  I refer to the Citizen Diplomacy Research Group. Formed in June, 2020 by PDC member and sociologist and nonprofit executive Paul Lachelier with assistance from the PDC’s Debbie Trent, this affinity group includes a good number of PDC…