U.S. ADVISORY COMMISSION ON
STATEMENT ON PLAN TO RESTRUCTURE
FOREIGN AFFAIRS AGENCIES
United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
William 1. Hybl
Walter R. Roberts
Pamela J. Turner
Harold C. Pachios
Maria Elena Torano
Charles H. Dolan, Jr.
U.S. ADVISORY COMMISSION ON PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
STATEMENT ON PLAN TO RESTRUCTURE FOREIGN AFFAIRS AGENCIES
Washington, May 19, 1997 -- President Clinton's plan to
restructure America's foreign affairs agencies seeks as a
principal goal to put public diplomacy "at the heart of U.S.
The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy welcomes this
central element of the President's plan. The Commission is
pleased also with Secretary of State Albright's commitment to
public diplomacy as essential to American leadership.
To achieve these goals and to capitalize on America's edge in the
information age, the Administration and Congress must:
- Transform the State Department's thinking and priorities so
that it can deal as effectively with foreign publics as with
foreign governments and undertake the substantial reforms of its
information and management systems that are necessary for
- Guarantee that the missions, budget, and essential programs
of public diplomacy are preserved and strengthened.
- Ensure that public diplomacy expertise and independent advice
on foreign publics have a direct voice in the policy decisions of
the President, the National Security Council, and the wider
government community that shapes U.S. interests and values
- Foster effective government relations with the independent
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are building civil
societies and assisting countries making a transition to
democracy and free markets.
The Commission is a bipartisan, presidentially-appointed board
created by Congress to look broadly at U.S. government activities
intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics.
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