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A Plan Forward for U.S. Public Diplomacy

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Helle C. Dale

Series: Executive Memorandum

Topic: International relations (Diplomacy)

Keywords: WorldwideFreedom; diplomacy

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

An effective public diplomacy and strategic communication strategy must look beyond short-term needs, assign clear authorities and responsibilities, and establish sensible processes to aid research, planning, clearing, and assessment. Congress can help by reauthorizing funds for the now-defunct U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, which can provide input to keep involved agencies from just serving themselves.