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  • Cameron and Obama: Special Relationship or Odd Couple?

    In an odd reversal, President Obama went all out to welcome Britain’s newly elected conservative Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday at the White House—this, after getting off to a terrible start last year with Cameron’s Labor Party predecessor Gordon Brown. Whereas Brown was humiliated by the extremely low-key reception accorded … More

    Public Diplomacy with Chinese Characteristics

    A former United States Ambassador to Thailand tells of being asked to contribute to a local university in Bangkok that wanted to set up an “America corner” in its library—nothing more than a computer station and a few shelves of informational material. When he arrived for the unveiling, however, he … More

    Updating Smith-Mundt for the 21st Century

    Since 1948, Cold War legislation has been tying the hands of practitioners of U.S. public diplomacy and international broadcasting. The law in question is the Smith-Mundt Act, which was intended to allow the State Department to counter Soviet propaganda in foreign media, while at the same time forbidding it from … More

    Tackling the Challenges of the Broadcasting Board of Governors

    The new Broadcasting Board of Governors, announced on Friday by the Obama White House, have their work cut out for them. For a variety of not very satisfactory reasons, the U.S. broadcasting entities (Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, et al.) on whom the federal government spends $745 million a … More

    Just Wild About Obama

    You can’t argue with success – or can you?  Newly released international opinion polls of the image of the United States bring the good news that global publics continue to view the American president and United States as a country in a favorable light.  The question that has to be … More

    “Iran today is a prison”

    It is high time the United States and Europe confronted Iran about its history of human rights abuses committed against its own people. Iran is a problem for the world on so many levels: as a nightmare nuclear power, as a sponsor of international terrorism, a nuclear proliferator and a … More

    The U.S. State Department Wants to Hear from You

    In its ongoing search for solutions to U.S. public diplomacy challenges – some might call it a deficit – the State Department has launched yet another new Internet venture, a social website called Opinion Space. At a time when Internet censorship in countries like Iran, Cuba and China present a … More

    An Incomplete Strategic Review

    Among the slew of strategy documents from the Obama administration this spring, full of academic analysis and verbal flourishes, Congress has rightly detected a certain lack of substance. Case in point: The question of whether the U.S. government needs a Center for Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy. According to the … More

    The Gaza Storyline

    The storyline of the Gaza embargo has been written by now, defined by the Turkish so-called “peace activists,” clearly a misnomer if ever there was one. But misnomers and public relations is in large part what the convoy and the attempt to break the Israeli embargo was all about. In … More

    State Over Defense in Obama NSS

    The roll out of the administration’s first National Security Strategy this week has been a classic exercise in strategic communication, Obama style – a highly coordinated, choreographed exercise involving the highest levels of government.  First, the President himself laid the groundwork at the West Point graduation last weekend. Then, Deputy … More