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Public Diplomacy is Trying to Reach And Influence the World But its State Department Structure Has Problems

Thomas R. Pickering, Henry E. Catto, David Hitchcock, Fred A. Coffey, Jr., Stanley M. Silverman

This commentary appeared in the electronic journal, American Diplomacy, on 12 October 2009, as a response to the article, “Enabling Public Diplomacy Field Officers to do Their Jobs”. Reprinted with permission of the authors andAmerican Diplomacy.

Ten years ago on October 1, the US Information Agency was folded into the Department of State. Everyone hoped that our public diplomacy outreach […]

Yale Richmond, Practicing Public Diplomacy: A Cold War Odyssey

New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2008

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Review by National Council for International Visitors Review by Patricia Kushlis Review by John Brown The book itself […]

Book Review — Nicholas J. Cull: The Cold War and the US Information Agency.

Walter R. Roberts

Review of: Nicholas J. Cull: The Cold War and the US Information Agency. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. 533 pages. ISBN 978-0-521-81997-8. Excerpts from Mediterranean Quarterly 19(4): 126-130. 2008 (subscription required)

Nicholas Cull, a British scholar who now teaches at the University of Southern California and previously studied and taught at Leeds and Leicester universities in England, has written a well-researched, comprehensive book on the history of the US […]

USIA’s Story Told in Re-Issued Video

Public Diplomacy from Public Diplomacy Council on Vimeo.Allen Hansen

Updated: January 2012

The Public Diplomacy Council (PDC) has re-issued the video Public Diplomacy, first prepared by the USIA Alumni Association in the mid-1990s, with the goal of multiplying the impact of the video’s message on the Internet. In the new version, the PDC has added an updated introduction and commentary.

When the demise of the Agency still was in doubt, two half-hour video programs about […]

What was U.S. Information Agency?

USIA building, 4th and C Street SW, Washington, D.C.

The United States Information Agency (USIA) was an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch of the U.S. Government. USIA explained and supported American foreign policy and promoted U.S. national interests through a wide range of overseas information programs.

The agency promoted mutual understanding between the United States and other nations by conducting educational and cultural activities. At the end of 1997, USIA maintained […]