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Art in Diplomacy ( ...Not "as" Diplomacy)

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

The context for our purpose here is diplomacy. Many think of art as diplomacy. That's romantic and untrue. Diplomacy is diplomacy. But art has unique ability in the hands of the diplomat as shepherd and producer: It also creates context.

Public Diplomacy and the Flight to the Academy

John Brown | Posted 01.05.2013 | World
John Brown

Today, American public diplomacy, once implemented by an independent and very imperfect agency, is hidden away at the regulations-driven State Department, some would say like a coffin at a funeral home, despite the good intentions of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

Sham on You, Ben Barber

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

Ben Barber's recent Salon article, "WikiLeaks and the sham of 'public diplomacy': Our diplomats spout jingoistic nonsense about American supremacy -- instead of engaging with the rest of the world," shows his heart in the right place but his history way off in left field.

WikiLeaks: Would George Kennan Have Been Delighted?

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

Thanks to WikiLeaks, this arguably anachronistic method of communication -- cables -- are, despite their lack of "coolness," actually being read and discussed worldwide

Truth and Propaganda

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nancy Snow

Fifty years ago on that Friday, November 25, 1960, the best-fed people in the world were still recovering from Thanksgiving. They weren't prepared for...

Ted Sorensen, JFK's Speechwriter: A Tribute

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

Just yesterday I was reading about Ted Sorensen and his involvement with choosing the head of America's propaganda agency, USIA, after Kennedy's elect...

Edward R. Murrow's Theory: Is It Right?

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

This is the first in a series of reflections on the legacy of Edward R. Murrow as Director of the United State Information Agency. The series is insp...

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.

Random Thoughts on "Public Diplomacy"

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

What is public diplomacy? The term, coined in the mid-1960s covers programs ranging from the Fulbright educational exchange to information about US foreign policy directed to overseas audiences.