• Blast from the Past: Public Diplomacy:  “Out” for the U.S., “In” Overseas?

    Blast from the Past: Public Diplomacy: “Out” for the U.S., “In” Overseas?0

    By John Brown, Huffington Post, May 25, 2011
    [JB 3/9/2019: Today, the State Department does not have an Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (as it did in the past) — not even an “acting one.”]
    Public diplomacy — defined by the State Department as “engaging, informing, and influencing key international audiences” — has become increasingly passé among American officials, scholars, and NGOs as a term and activity used to define how America should communicate with the outside world. Meanwhile, the governments of other countries — notably China and India — are enthusiastically embracing public diplomacy as a new and essential part of their foreign policy. Who’s the winner in such a situation — the USA or the rest of the world? Hard to say.I. Public Diplomacy: Passé for the U.S.?Public diplomacy was coined by Dean Edmund Gullion and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in the mid-1960’s. He and his colleagues wanted to find a way to characterize the many informational,..

  • Visual diplomacy is everyone’s job

    Visual diplomacy is everyone’s job0

    A couple of months ago, I found myself in a classroom at the Foreign Service Institute with a dozen other trainees and a yogi. It was no physical ed class, but a training exercise for public diplomacy.  Our scenario involved the promotion of a new fitness class for employees of the “MBI Corporation.”  In this

  • The Russian diplomatic service celebrates its 470th anniversary

    The Russian diplomatic service celebrates its 470th anniversary0

    Yuri Materiy, the ambassador of the Russian Federation [to Great Britain], sundaytimes.lk
    image from article, with caption: Russian troops in Syria: A game changer
    On the 10th of February each year, the Russian diplomatic service celebrates its professional holiday — Russian Diplomats’ Day — which was established by a Presidential Decree in 2002. …
    The FIFA World Cup was a highlight last year – a real triumph of public diplomacy [JB emphasis]. Millions of foreign guests visited Russia. …

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