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  • 03/10/18--11:38: Labels and sharp power
  • Last week I spoke to a Great Decisions discussion group in Arlington, Virginia.  Great Decisions is a program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association to encourage citizen awareness of foreign relations. The topic, “The Media and Foreign Policy,” gave me the chance to highlight the work of public diplomacy.  As so much diplomacy is carried…

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    Many Council members carry on our fascination with public diplomacy years after retiring from active duty.  Do you ever wonder how different the business is today? Take a look at our new notes page for Lunch and Learn meetings, sponsored by the Council for PD practitioners.  Two Foreign Service Officers, Melissa Quartell and Frankie Sturm,…

    The post What do today’s public diplomacy practitioners talk about? appeared first on The Public Diplomacy Council.


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  • 03/12/18--15:49: Truth Serum In a Digital Age
  • How might the West respond to the explosion of false information in social and traditional media? There have been many prescriptions for inoculating a curious world against that challenge, especially since Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and, lately, several other pivotal leadership polls in Western Europe. Earlier, it was the ISIS mastery…

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    Saudi Arabia, in an official statement, confirmed on October 19 the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate. This occurred, the statement said, after discussions by Saudi officials with Khashoggi “did not go as required and developed in a negative way (that) led to a fight and a quarrel between some…

    The post The Kashoggi Crisis: What Next? appeared first on The Public Diplomacy Council.


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  • 10/23/18--13:42: Diplomacy Disrupted
  • Fresh from his world order wrecking tour of Europe in July 2018, President Donald J. Trump has clarified what diplomatic culture is by displaying the countercultural variant at every turn. At his prizefight in Helsinki, he delivered the final blow to the essence of diplomacy which former American Ambassador Chas W. Freeman calls: “the processes…

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    The darkest clouds hovering over the slaying of a noted Saudi journalist at the country’s consulate in Istanbul are multiplying daily. However, the immediate question remains: what’s next, and when and where will the murderers be brought to justice? To sum up latest developments: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the Turkish parliament Tuesday to confirm that…

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    In my view, Public Diplomacy has also become the farm team for development, where it is up to Public Diplomacy to organize programs to reform journalism, run scholarship programs, and provide opportunities to the dispossessed. Let’s be candid: Public Diplomacy doesn’t have the resources to make a lasting dent in any of these areas. And…

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    The announcement that the State Department may merge the Bureau of Public Affairs and the calls to mind George Santayana’s warning that “those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Let’s master the information needs of the twenty-first century without forgetting the lessons of the twentieth. Efforts to co-mingle foreign and…

    The post Apples and Oranges Don’t Grow on the Same Tree appeared first on The Public Diplomacy Council.


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    If you have voted for a new parliament in Afghanistan, or are a U.S. citizen planning to cast your ballot November 8, pause — and consider the contrasts. These came to mind at a briefing by the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), which surveys its audiences and shares results.  In Afghanistan, half of eligible…

    The post Autumn 2018: Two National Elections in Starkly Different Settings appeared first on The Public Diplomacy Council.


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    Thirty years ago, a group of retired and active foreign service officers founded the Public Diplomacy Foundation. Their successors held a round-table November 5 at George Washington University (GWU), a close-up assessment of the state of this fine art of people-to- people dialogues today. The event was co-sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Council, successor to…

    The post Public Diplomacy: Hopes and Fears at a Landmark Anniversary appeared first on The Public Diplomacy Council.


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    Remarks of Donald M. Bishop Public Diplomacy Council First Monday Forum “The History and Future of Public Diplomacy” November 6, 2018 My colleagues on the panel will, I am confident, touch on the large issues that engage Public Diplomacy in the Foreign Service, serving America’s goals in the world – issues like democracy, exchanges, culture…

    The post Public Diplomacy: Old organization, New Trends, and Ways Forward appeared first on The Public Diplomacy Council.


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    The Yemen civil conflict, according to the United Nations, is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.  There are signs the international community is awakening to the necessity of dealing seriously with this vastly underreported tragedy. Sadly, many other countries have fueled that civil war, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and United States on one…

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    Later this month, Foreign Service families will celebrate Thanksgiving at their homes in foreign countries.  Even though it can be quite costly to ship or buy a turkey overseas, there will be one at the center of the table, surrounded by each family’s favorite dishes – some American, some local.  If the children are in…

    The post Thinking of Thanksgiving … and Governor Wilbur Cross appeared first on The Public Diplomacy Council.


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    When American novelist James A. Michener received the Medal of Freedom in 1977, it was for his career in American letters.  His many best-sellers included Tales of the South Pacific, Sayonara, The Bridges at Toko-ri, The Bridge at Andau, Hawaii, Caravans, Centennial, The Source, and many other fiction and non-fiction works.  His debut novel became…

    The post James A. Michener on the Public Diplomacy commissions appeared first on The Public Diplomacy Council.


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    A Hemisphere of Freedom As a principal author of the Declaration of Independence wrote to a friend nearly a century and a half ago: “America, north and south, has a set of interests distinct from those of Europe. Our end goal must surely be to make our hemisphere a hemisphere of freedom.” The administrator of…

    The post A Hemisphere of Freedom: Can Thomas Jefferson’s Dream Come True in the 21st Century? appeared first on The Public Diplomacy Council.


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    The Yemen Civil War The Yemen civil conflict, according to the United Nations, is now the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. There are signs the international community is awakening to the necessity of dealing seriously with this vastly under-reported tragedy. Sadly, many other countries have fueled that civil war, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates,…

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    There is a bill pending in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that would change the governance structure of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. While the bill is not perfect, it provides a necessary level of accountability and oversight that has been missing for the past two years. The bill, S.3654, would vest authorities into…

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