A Blog on Understanding, Informing, Empowering, and Influencing Global Publics, published by Matt Armstrong

About Matt

About Matt Armstrong

Matt ArmstrongMr. Matt Armstrong presently serves as a Governor on the Broadcasting Board of Governors.  The BBG oversees the U.S. Government’s civilian international media, including the VOA, RFE/RL, RFA, MBN, and OCB.

His other current job is completing a book on the origins of U.S. public diplomacy as ultimately manifested in the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948.  He was the Executive Director of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.  This commission is the U.S. Government’s only body tasked with overseeing and promoting U.S. Government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics.

Mr. Armstrong earned a Master in Public Diplomacy and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California.  He also studied European security and the Middle East at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Mr. Armstrong is a Member of the Board of Directors of The Public Diplomacy Council, a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the National Press Club.  He taught graduate courses on public diplomacy at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism and is a frequent presenter and discussant on topics related to public diplomacy and strategic communication.

He is a former Ironman triathlete with dozens of marathons, several ultramarathons (50k trail) and countless ocean swim races up to 3 miles behind him.  ”Mountainrunner” is the nickname of his dog.