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Public Diplomacy and the Cold War: Lessons Learned

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Publication Date: September 2007

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

Author(s): Carnes Lord; Helle C. Dale

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: International relations (Diplomacy)

Keywords: National security; voa; voice of america; propaganda

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


After the fall of the Berlin Wall, leaders in both the legislative and executive branches essentially discarded public diplomacy as a Cold War relic. Since 9/11, the situation has improved only marginally if at all. To restore America's voice, government leaders should draw on the nation's Cold War legacy to lay the foundation for the next generation of public diplomacy.