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Public Diplomacy

Like It or Not: America's Dirty Little Secret

John Brown | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Brown

There's a dirty little secret in America today: all too many of our young people, whatever their biological age may be, can't speak.

Afghanistan As Pandora: We're There Because of Unobtanium!

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

So it seems we've found rare minerals in Afghanistan. Doesn't it take a five-year old to realize that "unobtanium" is unobtainable in Afghanistan under current, if any, conditions?

China's Public Diplomacy: Have You Ever Tried to Call the Chinese Embassy?

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

"In modern times, public diplomacy is becoming increasingly important. Governments of countries worldwide attach great importance to public diplomacy ...

Public Diplomacy Edges Forward

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Philip Seib

While attending a Wilton Park (UK) conference on the future of public diplomacy, I was pleased to see this facet of foreign policy gaining traction....

America as a Shopping Mall? U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in the Age of Obama

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

During the first year of the Obama administration, expectations that cultural diplomacy would become a governmental priority were not met, despite the fact that the President made "cultural" references in his speeches overseas.

What Does Digital Divide Mean to Gov 2.0?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Politicians need to use the knowledge of Digital Divide issues to bring more people in, not use it to exclude more people.

Not Your Grandparents' Strategic Communications: Part One

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nancy Snow

The best communication narrows that gap between what you say and what you do. This is where understanding strategic communications pays off.

This Isn't Your Parents' Cultural Diplomacy

Tala Mohebi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tala Mohebi

Promoting understanding through the sharing of cultural programs continues to be a vital element in the promotion of a state's interests no matter how different the content may look over the years.

Hillary Hits Her Hut; or, How I Was Shanghai'ed at the US Pavilion, as told by the American Secretary of State (her eyes now wide-open!)

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Jacobson

Can you, Secretary Clinton, imagine if we were there with a really good US Pavilion, one that was authentic and helped the Chinese people to really meet us without commercial intervention?

Overhauling US Public Diplomacy Is like Beating a Dead Horse

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

"On March 6, the evening news on (Congress-funded Arabic TV) Alhurra labeled me as a Zionist agent," wrote Iraqi lawmaker Mithal Alusi, in an email to...

A Surfeit of America: Engaging the World in a Time of Excess

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nancy Snow

If the US can do more to engage the world's women and youth through literacy and education programs, then they will become empowered enough to challenge authoritarian and extremist rule.

Questions Remain About McHale's Public Diplomacy Strategy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Philip Seib

I thought we elected a new president in 2008. But Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale proudly says she is "o...

Hillary Clinton and Propaganda

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Brown

Hillary Clinton has broken with tradition. She, a high-ranking government official, has admitted that her government engaged in propaganda.

Public Diplomacy: The World Should Be Teaching Us, Mr. Kristof

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

The Times' Nicholas Kristof, who wants young Americans to teach English the world over, seems unaware that all too many of us are incapable of writing a coherent and error-free sentence.

U.S. Needs a New Public Diplomacy Strategy for Russia

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

Is this finally the new Russia, reaching out without the defensiveness that has so long characterized its attitude toward the rest of world? Particularly with regard to the United States, the answer, unfortunately, is still "No."

U.S. Public Diplomacy's Flimsy New Framework

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Seib

For those of us who had hoped that the Obama administration would bring vitality to diplomacy, the State Department's new framework for U.S. public diplomacy is a stunning disappointment.

U.S. Public Diplomacy Still Ineffectual in Islamic World

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

At the U.S. Islamic World Forum here in Doha (organized by the Brookings Institution and the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs), it has been clear that the Obama magic has lost its pizzazz.

U.S. Special Envoy to Muslim World: Will It Matter?

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

This appointment, designed to broaden outreach to Muslims, is a long overdue date for a target public that is always left wondering, like Apple and Google watchers, what's next.

Helping Haiti and Doing Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

ill the United States follow up on emergency assistance with lasting outreach to the Haitian people, helping Haiti redevelop its institutions and improve its daily life?

A Modest Proposal: Make the Pentagon Our Very Own Ministry of Culture!

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

The Obama-Biden team announced it would "expand cultural and arts exchanges throughout the world." But these words, despite their honorable intentions, have not resulted in much noticeable action.

Americans Are Not Oxymorons: Reflections On President Obama's Afghanistan Plans

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Brown

Instead of the crude, obscenely packaged fabrications used by his predecessor to mislead us into the war in Iraq, Obama's tortuous deliberations on a military escalation in Afghanistan have been marked by doubts.

A New Paradigm for Engaging Somalia

Abukar Arman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abukar Arman

Voices of reason are becoming more audible against the current chaos. More and more Somalis are coming to realize that the path ahead leads nowhere except the assured suicide of a nation.

How Helpful Is Cultural Diplomacy? Very Helpful!

Margaret Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Margaret Ayers

Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas exemplifies how cultural exchange can promote dialogue that elevates discussion and understanding of our shared aspirations.

Even the Taliban Supports Local Radio

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Today, most of the world lives in information poverty. But with the rapid rise of cell phone technology and information equity, the world will transform.

Avatar and Public Diplomacy

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

Watching it last Saturday morning, I reflected -- as a former foreign service officer involved in public diplomacy -- about paraplegic Marine Jake Sully's ventures into Pandora.