Center for Strategic Communication

Inaugural Public Diplomacy

P.J. Crowley / Take Five Blog

Inaugurals are important opportunities for public diplomacy and his message will appeal to international audiences, but it was clearly tempered by four years of real-world experience.



Board running Voice of America, Radio Free Europe is condemned in hard-hitting probe

James Warren / New York Daily News

The White House-appointed board overseeing government-funded broadcasts to 100 countries is a dysfunctional mess beset by “acute internal dissension” revolving around a longtime friend of former President George W. Bush, according to a new inspector general’s report obtained by the Daily News.



Jazz, the sound of soft power in the desert

Bill Law / BBC
Qatar has spent billions bringing the world to the tiny gulf kingdom.


Why I use e-Diplomacy: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Victor Guzun / New Eastern Europe

The use of online instruments is gradually becoming an indispensable part of modern diplomacy.


US ‘Public Diplomacy’ Funded by Private US Companies

Barbara Slavin / Al-Monitor

Strapped for cash, the US State Department is increasingly reaching out to private companies to help fund programs that bring Middle Eastern visitors to the US, seek to counter negative impressions of the US and promote economic development in the region.


Roundtable analyzes China’s Public Diplomacy Efforts

Zhang Fang /

Although China’s public diplomacy efforts have run into obstacles over the years, great progress has still been made, international students and Chinese experts said at a recent roundtable in Beijing.


When Soft Power Fails

John Feffer / The Huffington Post

The oldest Chinatown in the world is not in New York or San Francisco or even Yokohama. It is in Manila, a fact that comes up often when Beijing talks about its longstanding connection to the islands that lie about 600 miles to the southeast.



Would Kerry advance e-diplomacy?

Frank Konkel / The Business of Federal Technology

There is broad consensus that Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has the foreign policy experience to serve as Secretary of State. But what about the State Department’s open-technology and digital diplomacy efforts?


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A Domestic Victory for Public Diplomacy

Matthew Wallin / American Security Project

Included in the passage of the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), was an interesting addendum updating the law that governs America’s public diplomacy efforts.