Tag Archives: U.S. State Department

The Price of Promotion

The State Department’s employee evaluation process is worse than terrible.  It is no better than a gamble. Consider this career choice: you are a second-tour FS-04 consular officer serving your country in an American embassy abroad.  You have tenure, which … Continue reading

Posted in Public Diplomacy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Religion, politics, and public diplomacy

Today my interview with the Public Diplomacy Council — the association of retired US Information Agency and Foreign Service Officers involved in public diplomacy activities — was published online. I talked to Donald Bishop about my recent book and some … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Books, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Public Diplomacy, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do We Need A Cultural Foreign Policy?

This month in Bosnia-Herzegovina citizens protested government paralysis in every major city in the country, in some places leading to destruction of municipal government buildings. In Sarajevo, somebody took advantage of the chaos and burned the city archives – a … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Public Diplomacy, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Corrections

I found an error in Table 7.2 on page 124 relating to languages spoken in the United States. All of the numbers are from the U.S. Census Bureau and are accurate. But French (including dialects) at 1,358,816 inexplicably appears as … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Public Diplomacy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Last Three Feet

Hear my interview with The Public Diplomat’s PDCast, courtesy of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications and its Master’s Program in Public Diplomacy. I talk about working at NATO, my new book, and effective public diplomacy. Many thanks to Michael … Continue reading

Posted in North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Public Diplomacy, The Former Yugoslavia | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“We have met the enemy and he is us”

Attending a conference of public diplomacy professionals and academics last week at the U.S. State Department, a particular comment made by a participant during one of the main sessions struck me. He described the positive outcome of a recent YES … Continue reading

Posted in Public Diplomacy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pretty Gr8, Embassy London

I was recently forwarded this video, produced by the U.S. Embassy in London to promote to and educate the public about the G8 Summit hosted this week by Great Britain in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland. I don’t have an inside … Continue reading

Posted in North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Public Diplomacy | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Winning the Long Game – Public Diplomacy, Public Opinion and the U.S. Elections

Tuesday’s reelection of Barack Obama confirmed few people’s confidence in American democracy – least of which was the utter failure of $3 billion in “outsider” Super PAC money to effect the overall makeup of the federal government. But the election … Continue reading

Posted in Politics and Political Theory, Public Diplomacy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment