• 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,..

  • The Legacy of Walter Roberts

    The Legacy of Walter Roberts0

    By Thomas MillerIf the measure of a man is the legacy he leaves behind, few people can match Dr. Walter Roberts. Walter Roberts helped found the Voice of America, played a key role in establishing the Salzburg Seminar, launched the Fulbright program in Yugoslavia, and helped found the precursor to the Institute for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] and Global Communications at George Washington University. Thanks largely to the generous donations of Walter Roberts, his family, and his very wide circle of friends, a Walter Roberts Endowment continues to support public diplomacy activities at the university.
    Walter Roberts (VOA)Fleeing his native Austria in 1938, Walter Roberts emigrated to the U.S. He was later recruited as one of the first employees of the Office of the Coordinator of Information, which later became the Voice of America. “I was there at the creation,” Walter Roberts once said. In addition to working at the Voice of America for eight years, Dr. Rob..

  • Public Diplomacy: Toward a More “Diplomatic” World

    Public Diplomacy: Toward a More “Diplomatic” World0

    tufts.edu, February 13, 2019; original article contains a video and photographs

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    Alan K. Henrikson, the Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History Emeritus and founding Director of Diplomatic Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, was on hand at the American Center in Moscow at the U.S. Embassy, to discuss the origins and development of “public diplomacy [JB emphasis].” Professor Henrikson was on hand in Moscow to teach a short course at MGIMO University, and in both his courses and lectures he has stressed the importance of “diplomatic understanding”, a term encompassing the need to take a longer view, consider unintended consequences of formal agreements, and understanding that cultures differ greatly. …


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