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Comment on isabelletreat The new public diplomacy: a greater role for domestic civil society?

by on April 29, 2012

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Isabelletreat I found this blog very insightful and think you drew on some important issues especially in regards to a new focus on domestic populations, and as Cull argues Public Diplomacy is not exclusive to government officials but requires citizen effort too.

I would like to simply add to what you have said by referring to a publication by Kathy R. Fitzpatrick ‘U.S Public Diplomacy’s neglected domestic mandate’ (http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/publications/perspectives/CPDPerspectivesNeglectedMandate.pdf).

Fitzpatrick begins with a quote that I think addresses the issue completely, “Ignorance of the world is a national liability” (Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton).

She then traces this U.S Public Diplomacy’s neglected domestic mandate to the beginning of the Cold War.  The United States Information and Educational Exchange Act in 1948 was set up to increase a mutual understanding of the US in other countries (this led to the creation of the United States Information Agency).  However, at its inception there were never any instructions on how mutual understanding would be achieved at home.  This ideal of mutual understanding thus remained just that, an ideal.  Fitzpatrick argues that as a result today Americans have turned inward and there is an overwhelming focus on domestic concerns as the interest in foreign affairs that was prominent during the Cold War has been neglected.  This could be down to the fear of propaganda or mistrust in the government, however it is vital for the US with an increasing reputation around the world for being ignorant to step up its game in ensuring mutual understanding really does become mutual, and listening has as much importance as talking.

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  1. joo0284 permalink

    “It is vital for the US with an increasing reputation around the world for being ignorant to step up its game in ensuring mutual understanding really does become mutual, and listening has as much importance as talking” (frs0110, 2012). I agree and add that in any relationship there should be a two way traffic, whereby each side gives and takes, not a one way street where only one side bombard the other with information, being public or cultural diplomacy. That would enhance understanding, respect, cooperation and mutual benefits. Befriending globally and persuading those who resent may be helpful. This may usher in peace in the world.

  2. Genuinely when someone doesn’t be aware of afterward its up to other users that they will help, so here it takes place.

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