PDcast #12: The Role of the Ambassador in Public Diplomacy


The ambassador has many roles to play, but should the main public diplomacy role be of advocacy or practicalities.

The PDcast is a weekly podcast featuring Jennifer Osias (sitting in for Julia Watson), Adam Cyr and Michael Ardaiolo discussing the trending public diplomacy topics. Subscribe now in iTunes.

The conversation continues using @Public_Diplomat and #PDcast. Send us your questions, comments and suggestions throughout the week, and we will use them for the next show.


Topic 1: Ambassador Caroline Kennedy’s frank tweets in Japan

To Read:

Star Envoy’s Frankness Puts Kennedy Mystique to Test in Japan | New York Times, Martin Fackler

Keep Tweeting, Ambassador Kennedy | Huffington Post, Nancy Snow


Topic 2: Ambassador Gary Locke’s “by-the-numbers” tour in China

To Read:

Gary Locke by-the-numbers tour as ambassador to China is nearing an end | Washington Post, William Wan



Adam: President Obama’s State of the Union address

Jennifer: @suPD

Michael: Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project


photo credit: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne