Center for Strategic Communication

Fixing the Strategic Dysfunction

Emily T. Metzgar

The House Foreign Affairs Committee came out swinging this morning in its hearing titled “Broadcasting Board of Governors: An Agency ‘Defunct.’” Chairman Ed Royce laid the groundwork in his introductory remarks, offering an overview of the BBG’s legislative origins and the proud history of U.S. government broadcasters that helped the West win the Cold War.


United States Dominates in Social Diplomacy


The State Department’s social media presence vastly dwarfs that of other countries using internet-based tools for public diplomacy efforts, according to a new report by a Canadian think tank.


U.S. Public Diplomacy with Tara Sonenshine

Tara Sonenshine and Nicholas Kralev/ Conversations with Nicholas Kralev


Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Tara Sonenshine talks about the challenges Washington has faced in public diplomacy at home and abroad, and if it’s finally getting it right.


Singapore women footballers go on US trip to learn about youth development

Khalis Rifhan/


Through the SportsUnited Sports Grant Program, the USA International Centre hosted a delegation of women footballers from Singapore earlier this month.


International students learn U.S. small business

Doug Schorpp/Quad-City Business Journal


Nine international students are in the Quad-Cities this week to learn the ropes of being a small business owner.  The students, four from Jordan and five from Haiti, spent much of Tuesday visiting area businesses to hear how they are run, customer service and other key factors for success.


Whiff of Oriental rice & curry diplomacy

K.P. Nayar/The Telegraph


After several false starts in more than three decades, the government is in the final stages of sewing up a deal to buy a property in the heart of America’s capital which will house the first Indian Cultural Centre in North America.

U.S.-India Cooperation In Higher Education

U.S. State Department


The United States and India and share strong linkages and a history of collaboration in the field of higher education. The United States is the most favored destination for Indian students, with more than 100,000 Indian students pursuing higher studies in the United States.


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ASP Podcast – The Military and Public Diplomacy

Matthew Wallin


This week we discuss the ways in which the U.S. military conducts public diplomacy, tactical and strategic effects, as well as how the DOD and State Department work together on this vital capability.


State Department’s Office of the Inspector General critiques the Bureau of International Information Programs

Christian Mull


While most of the OIG report focused on improving the management troubles that plague IIP, it also discussed some of the problems that are inherent in some of its digital “engagement” efforts.


“Statements don’t make a peace agreement”: Aqab Malik on Pakistan/Taliban Negotiations

Kristina Trost


Thursday, Aqab Malik spoke on negotiations between Pakistan and the Taliban, and problems of credibility and legitimacy.