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
Evan Kraus is executive director of digital strategy at APCO Online®, a service group that delivers powerful, results-focused online communication strategies for APCO Worldwide’s clients around the world. This post originally appeared in the Diplomatic Courier. Walk the streets of any big city today, anywhere in the world, and it is impossible to miss theREAD MORE
How American public diplomacy was practiced in Germany over the course of three decades is the subject of this essay by a distinguished retired senior public diplomacy officer. Brandenberg Gate, Berlin In Communicating with the World: US. Public Diplomacy Overseas1 I included four case studies on the practice of public diplomacy—in the Soviet Union,READ MORE
Dec 26, 2013 Written by Matt Bostrom, Guest Contributor Many of us have heard that the United States is “ahead of Europe” when it comes to digital campaigning in the political sphere. Certainly there are examples from the United States that come quickly to mind, such as Barack Obama’s 2012 and 2008 Presidential campaigns andREAD MORE
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..
Robert Fife, Steven Chase, theglobeandmail.com, January 9, 2010
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Chinese Ambassador Lu Shaye has accused Canada of applying a double standard and has decried what he sees as “Western egotism and white supremacy” in the treatment of detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
China’s envoy to Canada penned an angry Jan. 9 column in The Hill Times, a twice-weekly Ottawa publication that focuses on parliamentary affairs, in which he lashes out at Canada for demanding the release of two jailed Canadians while detaining Ms. Meng.
“It’s understandable that these Canadians are concerned about their own citizens. But have they shown any concern or sympathy for [Ms.] Meng after she was illegally detained and deprived of freedom?” Mr. Lu wrote.
China has imprisoned former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor in what appears to be retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Ms. Meng for extradition to the United States to face allegations of ba..
January 9, 2019 – Georgetown alumna Bianca Uribe (C’18) is one of only 30 college students and graduates to receive the competitive 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowshipto pursue a Foreign Service career. The fellowship will cover two years of graduate study an internship on Capitol Hill or at a U.S. embassy or consulate, as well as mentoring and professional development.
Hometown: New YorkMajor: Anthropology; Spanish and Portuguese minorResearch at Georgetown: Uribe traveled to Peru before her senior year to research how Afro-Peruvians construct informal systems of healing in response to inadequate health care systems.She determined that health care and treatment can be culturally specific for marginalized communities and explored ways that institutions in power can build cultural competency to better serve patients and ensure community.“To me, being a Foreign Service officer means deepening one’s knowledge of other cultures and nations to further und..