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Snails-Pace Senate Finally Moves on Public Diplomacy Chief
Posted By Helle Dale On April 2, 2012 @ 3:30 pm In American Leadership | 2 Comments
Belatedly, last week, the new Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy, Tara Sonenshine, and a bundle of other diplomatic nominees received the Senate stamp of approval.
Having someone competent and knowledgeable to steer the U.S. government’s communication to the rest of the world is critically important. Yet this job has been vacant one-third of the time  since it was created in 1999, contributing to a disjointed and intermittent U.S. public diplomacy policy.
Sonenshine , the former executive vice president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, has been waiting in the wings since her nomination hearings in December. Unlike her predecessor, Judith McHale, a Discovery Channel executive and Hillary Clinton supporter, Sonenshine has longstanding experience of the U.S. government and its workings, going back to the Clinton National Security Council as well as private-sector broadcasting experience. She has her work cut out for her.
McHale spent her three years in office, focusing mainly on completing the bureaucratic integration (begun in 1999) of the U.S. Information Agency into the State Department. She added six new assistant secretaries for public diplomacy in the State Department’s regional bureaus and one in the press office to deal with foreign media. She also created the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communication within State.
Sonenshine’s challenge will be to grapple with several substantive issues:
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 one-third of the time: http://mountainrunner.us/2012/01/whither_r/
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 the House Foreign Affairs Committee: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2012/03/28/house-to-hear-about-chinese-public-diplomacy/
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