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Princeton Project on National Security
Public Diplomacy

Readings

Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Strategic Communication by Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (September 2004)

"Changing Minds Winning Peace: A New Strategic Direction for U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Arab & Muslim World" Report of the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World; Edward P. Djerejian, Chairman. (October 1, 2003)
Public diplomacy requires a new strategic direction – informed by a seriousness and commitment that matches the gravity of our approach to national defense and traditional state-to-state diplomacy. Winning a war of ideas would calls for increases in funding, seamless interagency cooperation, and a long-term commitment to seeing through much needed reforms.

Finding America’s Voice: A Strategy for Reinvigorating U.S. Public Diplomacy. Report of and independent task force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations (September 2003)
Despite administration efforts, anti-Americanism is more widespread and dangerous than ever. The consequences are substantial, ranging from the difficulty faced by the Bush administration in forming a coalition for U.S. efforts in Iraq, to the increase of new terrorist attacks on American interests, to strained relations with its transatlantic partners. Specifically, the administration should: make our foreign policy more sensitive to public diplomacy concerns; draw into our public diplomacy effort the talent and energy of the private sector; improve communications strategies overseas; enhance training for U.S. ambassadors; and build Congressional support for public diplomacy.

"How to Reinvigorate U.S. Public Diplomacy" by Stephen Johnson and Helle Dale. The Heritage Foundation (2003)
Unless public diplomacy—as overseas public relations efforts are called—is adequately reorganized and protected within State’s creaky hierarchy, it will rust into oblivion until the far-off day that the Department itself gets an overhaul.

Links

Advisory Commission for Public Diplomacy (U.S. Department of State) Remarks, Testimony, Press Releases, Op-Eds, and Reports.
http://www.state.gov/r/adcompd/rls/

Public Diplomacy Web Site
http://www.publicdiplomacy.org/

 

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