On Tuesday, ASP Board Member Ambassador Don Beyer spoke on his experiences as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Outlining the three roles of an ambassador as 1.) government to government diplomacy, 2.) economic statecraft, and 3.) public diplomacy, Beyer presented on a myriad of topics relevant to U.S. relations with Switzerland, ranging from the IranianREAD MORE
The concept of Digital Diplomacy (sometimes called Virtual Diplomacy) is fairly new, arguably coming to the forefront of international affairs as a result of the failed Green Revolution in Iran in 2009 where social media played a role, albeit ambiguously in its effect. Then came the Arab Spring and the use of Facebook and otherREAD MORE
Evan Kraus is executive director at APCO Worldwide The rapid transformation of the communications discipline need not be a barrier to seizing global opportunities. In my job, I participate in many meetings with the leading communicators of some of the world’s biggest, fastest-growing and most influential organisations. As communication disciplines converge, this means a mixREAD MORE
Dr. Joshua Walker, director of global programs, is based in APCO’s Washington, D.C. office. Today I had the privilege of attending the Country Promotion Strategy Conference, put on by the Washington Diplomat and sponsored in part by APCO Worldwide. Among other thought-provoking presenters and panelists, the conference featured Stephen Hadley, former national security advisor and memberREAD MORE
by Jose Castillo, uscpublicdiplomacy.org, Jan 10, 2019
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Earlier last month, an important encounter of progressive minds took place in Burlington, Vermont. The Sanders Institute Gathering convened 250 leaders from across the globe to sit down and envision a transnational agenda of progressive solutions for the critical issues facing humanity—environmental and socioeconomic challenges that require global cooperation.The three-day gathering featured a diverse list of speakers—from Professor Cornel West and Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, to former Greek Minister of Finance Yanis Varoufakis and Senior UN Advisor Jeffrey Sachs. And of course, progressive icon U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.Image courtesy of The Sanders InstituteThe encounter comes as an internationalist response to the climate inaction of the liberal establishment and the growing threat of the global far-right movement. A movement that has seen authoritarian regimes pop up in places like Turkey and Bra..
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Brahma Chellaney, The Hindustan Times, January 5, 2018China is emphasizing public diplomacy to help soften Indian public opinion and mute Indian concerns over an increasingly asymmetrical trade relationship. Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in New Delhi the new people-to-people mechanism will “help consolidate the public-opinion foundation” for bilateral ties. China’s public diplomacy aims to underpin its “win-win” policy toward India — engagement with containment.New Delhi, however inadvertently, is lending a helping hand to Beijing’s strategy of engagement as a façade for containment. India has done little more than implore China to rein in its spiralling trade surplus. The lopsided trade relationship makes India essentially a colonial-style raw-material appendage of the state-led Chinese economy, which increasingly dumps manufactured goods there.Worse still, New Delhi effectively is funding China’s India containment strategy. India’s defence budget for the current financial year, at Rs..READ MORE
Image (not from article) from, with caption: US soldiers provide protection for advisors with the Nagarhar Agribusiness Development Team during a field inspection March 18, 2012 in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The agribusiness development team supports local farmers in developing sustainability Afghan agricultural productivity.
Agricultural Development Team Prior to 2008, the functions of Agricultural Development Teams were within Provincial Reconstruction Teams of the US Government. Today, ADTs consist of soldiers and airmen from the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Today, ADTs bring “an effective platform for enhanced dialogue, building confidence, sharing interests, and increasing cooperation amongst the disparate peoples and tribes of Afghanistan.” These teams are not only affiliated with the military, they frequently work across agencies, for example with USAID and the Department of State. ADTs provide education and expertise on the ground..