JB note: As some Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Diplomacy readers/subscribers may have noticed, this blog has been taking a winter break. So allow me, if your busy schedule allows, to bring you up to date with the coverage by the PDPBR of a subject in which we are all interested.
As I prepare for the graduate-level course I am tentatively scheduled to give this summer at Georgetown -- Propaganda and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Historical Overview -- I will again be posting on public diplomacy (but initially in less detail than in previous editions of the PDPBR, due to other time-demanding commitments at this time).
FYI, Am editing a piece on American cultural diplomacy in which American Diplomacy has shown a kind interest; doing final research work before the completion of the copy editing of "Janus-Faced Public Diplomacy: Creel and Lippmann During The Great War," which deals with the intellectual tensions/origins of modern American public diplomacy, a volume to be edited by Dr. Deborah L. Grant. Am also involved in helping to prepare -- thanks to the generous moral support of the Public Diplomacy Council (PDC) -- a discussion in on the first Monday in April at AFSA on the Foreign Relations of the United States publication by the State Department Historical Office pertaining to public diplomacy during WWI, in which State Dept. historians have kindly agreed to take part. On the "Public Diplomacy" edition of Foreign Relations, see.
Please note that the PDPBR is not meant to represent a particular point of view, but to provide to students (and other interested persons) with recent/relevant articles pertaining to public diplomacy. Students and I have discussed such articles in the classes I've been giving for years at Georgetown, when we deal with current (in addition to historical) issues pertaining to propaganda and U.S. foreign policy.
The below piece has been provided by the distinguished diplomat Len Baldyga in his invaluable email-messages containing the latest information on public diplomacy.
As for the relationship between public diplomacy and propaganda, that is one of the key issues students and I discuss in the course.
James Glassman, Politico
James K. Glassman, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, served as under secretary of State for public diplomacy and public affairs and as chairman of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors in the George W. Bush administration.