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Public Diplomacy: Reinvigorating America's Strategic Communications Policy

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Publication Date: March 2008

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

Author(s): Edwin J. Feulner; Helle C. Dale; Colleen Graffy; Michael Doran

Series: Heritage Lecture

Topic: International relations (Diplomacy)

Keywords: National security; public diplomacy; strategic communication; U.S. Department of State

Type: Speech

Coverage: United States


U.S. government agencies are hampered in their efforts to improve public diplomacy by a combination of poor leadership, inadequate coordination, and insufficient resources. As we seek to improve the U.S. image abroad and engage in a war of ideas with Muslim extremism, improving the relevant public diplomacy structures of the U.S. government are crucial.