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 –…

“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…