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Remembering Ambassador Stevens

Christopher Stevens (U.S. Department of State)

Jennifer Clinton

Editor’s note: Jennifer Clinton, President of National Council for International Visitors (NCIV), authored this essay on the NCIV Web site. Reprinted with permission of NCIV.

October 2012.

Our nation and the international community experienced a great loss last month when violence erupted in Benghazi, Libya and took the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his colleagues.

As I listened to and read the stories […]

Educational and Cultural Affairs: New Directions

Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock speaking to the April 5, 2011 PDAA luncheon meeting in Washington, D.C. (A. Kotok)

Ann Stock

Remarks presented to the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association Tuesday, April 5, 2011 DACOR-Bacon House, Washington, D.C.

Thank you very much, Kathy. I’m delighted to be here with you today.

You may be the most savvy and informed public diplomacy audience that I have spoken to. I could hand this microphone to any […]

Richard Holbrooke: An Appreciation

Morton S. Smith

The mountain of information in the media about the passing of Dick Holbrooke accurately reflects the scope and impact of his abilities. No one who worked for and with him came away unchanged. Many of us who had that experience felt that references to him as “a Force of Nature” were significantly understated.

Vital to his style and substance was a natural sense of public affairs importance. Policy and politics, and what […]

Mapping Smart Power in Multi-stakeholder Public Diplomacy / Strategic Communication

Bruce Gregory

Presented at “New Approaches to U.S. Global Outreach,” a conference of the The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, George Washington University, 5 October 2009. Reprinted with permission.

Thank you Sean. And thanks to all who organized what promises to be a day of thoughtful conversation on smart power and global engagement.

Smart power is a term Harvard’s Joseph Nye invented in 2003 to counter the misperception that soft power alone is […]

Higher Education: Approaches to Attract and Fund International Students in the United States and Abroad

U.S. Government Accountability Office

Highlights of GAO-09-379, a report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives. April 2009.

Why GAO Did This Study

Following September 11, 2001, the number of international students coming to the United States dropped for the first time in over 30 years. While enrollments have rebounded, the U.S. image has declined in the Muslim world and elsewhere. To improve global […]

U.S. Public Diplomacy: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight

(A. Kotok)

U.S. Government Accountability Office Cover letter to GAO-09-679SP, prepared for the chairs and ranking members of relevant House and Senate committees. 27 May 2009

Congressional Committees

Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the U.S. government has spent at least $10 billion on communication efforts designed to advance the strategic interests of the United States. However, foreign public opinion polling data shows that negative views towards the United States persist despite the […]