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A Notice by the State Department on 05/09/2019; [original article contains links].
The official designation of this advisory committee is the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. [JB emphasis]
The Commission was originally established under Section 604 of the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, as amended, and under Section 8 of Reorganization Plan Number 2 of 1977. It was reauthorized pursuant to Section 702 of the Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017 (Pub. L. 114-323), which amended the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6553) and re-authorized the Commission through September 30, 2020.
The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy appraises U.S. government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. The Advisory Commission may conduct studies, inquiries, and meetings, as it deems necessary. It may assemble and ..
International diplomacy is changing fast. Career diplomats in Washington are increasingly finding themselves sidelined and distrusted by their own political masters. Meanwhile, in Beijing, China’s foreign policy professionals are being schooled to prioritise nationalistic rhetoric over subtle negotiation. Then there’s the advent of social media and the 24-hour news cycle. The days of discreet deal-making
Ace June Rell S. Perez, sunstar.com.ph, April 21, 2019
Image from article, with caption: Asian journalists in a recent visit to China. Two delegates are from Sun Star Davao – former EIC now columnist Stella Estremera and social media editor Ace Perez (contributed photo)
IN A recent trip in China, the term “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) was very dominant in every discussion. It was introduced in 2013 but it is still relatively unfamiliar to some, especially to Filipinos.
And with the recent developments on China-Philippines relations, there is a need for people to understand this connectivity and infrastructure development global project to fully grasp where our foreign affairs is heading.
In a discussion with Asian journalists, Zhang Zhixin, counselor and director of Division of Information and Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis], Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China explained that the “Belt and Road Initiative” is a $1 tr..
- Public diplomacy
- 15th February 2019
Angela Lewis, thediplomat.com, February 14, 2019
StarTimes is making inroads across the continent, and winning fans in the process.Image from article, with caption: A StarTimes building — and billboard — in Tanzania. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Ali A. Fazal
According to BuzzFeed News, on February 1 Chinese state television broadcaster CGTN America registered as a foreign agent in the United States, to comply with the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). CGTN America director-general Jing Ma remained upbeat, claiming the registration was not a reflection on the editorial professionalism of staff, but it is bad news for China’s soft power efforts. Registration directly links CGTN America to propaganda messaging of the Chinese state, thereby weakening public diplomacy [JB emphasis] objectives of building trust and credibility.Unfortunately, this setback is part of a pattern of failure in Chinese media capacity building since the turn of the 21st century. In 2002, China designated..
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Deadline: 31 December 2019The U.S. Embassy New Delhi Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department of State, is currently inviting applicants for its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. PAS India invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural ties between the U.S. and India through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All programs must include an American cultural element, or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. Examples of PAS Small Grants Program include, but are not limited to:U.S. experts conducting speaking tours/public talks, roundtable discussions, workshops, etc.;Academic and professional lectures and seminars;Cultural and arts programs/workshops/ performances and exhibitions;Development of initiatives aimed at maintainin..