Sunday, September 16, 2018

Am I posing the wrong public diplomacy question?



John Brown shared a link. (updated Facebook comment); see also (9/22/2018)


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John Brown A must-read on "what's happening in Eastern Europe,'' in my modest opinion. (FYI, was a USA "public diplomacy" dip in the "heart of Europe" -- Krakow, Poland,1986-90). Question for former employees of USIA -- the USG agency that handled "public diplomacy" around the globe, including in EE, during the Cold War: Given current EE politics, where did we go wrong, if we indeed did (a question based on the pretension of being truly able of "influencing public opinion" by "outsiders" in the long-term?) Or, simply put, am I posing the wrong question?...nage