• Book Reviews,  Bruce Gregory's List,  Public Diplomacy

    Public Diplomacy: Books, Articles, Websites #54 (by Bruce Gregory)

    Courtesy of Bruce Gregory, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University. January 3, 2011 Intended for teachers of public diplomacy and related courses, here is an update on resources that may be of general interest.  Suggestions for future updates are welcome.  Bruce Gregory Adjunct Professor George Washington University Georgetown University

  • Events

    Event: The Role and Relevance of Multilateral Diplomacy in U.S. Foreign Policy

    The American Foreign Service Association (“The Voice of the Foreign Service”) is convening a new series of events linked to the cover story on its monthly flagship publication, the Foreign Service Journal. The first event highlighting the December 2010 FSJ article on multilateral diplomacy will take place at 3p on 11 January at AFSA. A panel to discuss the topic “The Role and Relevance of Multilateral Diplomacy in US Foreign Policy” will include: Dr. Esther Brimmer,  Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Member of House Foreign Affairs and outgoing chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight. Brett…

  • Defense Department,  Interagency,  Public Diplomacy,  State Department

    Hitting Bottom at Foggy Bottom at ForeignPolicy.com

    Discussion over the fate of Foggy Bottom usually focuses on the tenure of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the troubles of public diplomacy, and the rise of special envoys on everything from European pipelines to Afghanistan and Pakistan. But Americans would benefit more from a reassessment of the core functionality of the U.S. State Department.

  • Public Diplomacy

    Defining Public Diplomacy (again)

    Purpose of public diplomacy is to identify, empower, encourage (and possibly equip) self-organizing systems. The self-organizing systems engaged should be those that currently or potentially support, directly or indirectly, the foreign policy objectives of the public diplomacy-sponsoring actor. The support networks of groups that oppose or compete with the same foreign policy objectives should also be engaged as minds can be changed.

  • Private Military Companies,  Public Diplomacy

    Public Diplomacy by Proxy

    A recent public opinion poll shows an increasing concern that Washington is too quick to use a military response, including private security companies that augment “real” military force, to foreign policy challenges in lieu of soft power alternatives. Falling outside of normal legislative oversight, private military forces are contracted, deployed, managed, and paid through the civilian leadership of the Defense Department and State Department and other civilian departments (CACI, the Abu Ghraib interrogators came in through a Department of the Interior contract). Much of what the article says has already been written about here on this site, including “Security firms operating in Iraq have been cited for fraud and have clashed with…