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Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy

Posted: 13 Jul 2018 10:50 AM PDT

[JB note: This book (published and now online thanks to its editor and other colleagues) contains an article by yours truly, “Creel and Lippmann During the Great War,” an effort to understand/trace the origins — and recurrent inner tensions (broadly put, rhetoric vs. philosophy) — of American public diplomacy.]

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As 2018 marks the Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Council’s 30th anniversary, the organization’s latest book, “Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future,” is now available online.

The book, edited by CPD Research Fellow Deborah L. Trent, features 11 chapters that confront a variety of challenges in public diplomacy, analyze innovations on traditional practices, and examine nontraditional approaches to international scenarios.

The volume presents cases from around the world where the authors describe, evaluate and develop implications for the overall practice of public diplomacy across the U.S. government and conclude that building on these cases generates effective policy and programs.

“U.S. public diplomacy is a big tent, crowded with demands and potential but short on resources,” shares Trent in her introduction to the book. “With so many diverse performers and acts under the cover, generalizing about them is risky. This volume aggregates nontraditional approaches to public diplomacy that have managed or might have managed particular international relations scenarios well, despite political and resource constraints.”

The print edition was originally published by the Public Diplomacy Council in 2016 and is now available digitally here. The Council retains copyright of this version.

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