• Public Diplomacy

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

    Well-meaning Nicholas D. Kristof in the New York Times: "Peace Corps and Teach for America represent the best ethic of public service. But at a time when those programs can’t meet the demand from young people seeking to give back, we need a new initiative: Teach for the World. In my mind, Teach for the World would be a one-year program placing young Americans in schools in developing countries. The Americans might teach English or computer skills, or coach basketball or debate teams. … This would be a government-financed effort to supplement an American public diplomacy outreach that has been eviscerated over the last few decades." Mr. Kristof, who wants…

  • Public Diplomacy

    Guest Post: Congress Takes a Step Forward in Preparing Future Generations of America for the Global Age

    By Marlene M. Johnson The passage of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 2010-2011 (HR 2410) in the U.S. House of Representatives is an important investment in America’s diplomatic capabilities. As Matt observed, “this legislation is necessary and long overdue” and sets the stage for “global persistent engagement rather than persistent conflict.” Doubling the size of the Peace Corps, enhancing the State Department’s educational and cultural exchange programs, providing scholarships for students from around the world to study in the U.S., and hiring and training more Foreign Service officers are all important elements to bolster the effectiveness of U.S. public diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security efforts. NAFSA strongly…