5 September 2015. The role of public diplomacy in Spain during the Cold War and its contributions to building democracy is the topic of a new book and discussion at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University on Monday, 14 September at 4:30 pm. Francisco J. Rodriguez Jimenez, editor of the new book, US Public Diplomacy and Democratization in Spain: Selling Democracy? will lead the discussion.
The book looks into the public diplomacy strategies that the US government employed to accomplish the difficult mission of keeping a warm relationship with an old ally of Adolph Hitler without drifting apart from his opponents, and to somehow pave the way for a transition to democracy. The publisher says the book’s focus on soft power breaks new ground in understanding relations between the U.S. and Spain, and offers lessons for understanding how public diplomacy worked in the past and can function today in similar transitions to democracy.
Jimenez is a research professor at University of Salamanca in Spain. He will be joined by Amy Bliss, director of cultural programs in the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The event is free, but advance registration is required. The discussion takes place on Monday, 14 September at 4:30 to 6:00 pm, in the Voesar Conference Room in the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW, suite 412, in Washington, D.C. (Metro: Foggy Bottom).