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Updated February 18, 1999

Looking Ahead

A Presidential Commission was created by Congress in 1948 to provide bipartisan oversight of U.S. government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics. The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy reports to the President, the Congress, the Secreatary of State, the USIA Director, and the American people.

Please join in a discussion of issues in the Commission's most recent report,
1998 Recommendations for Publics & Diplomats in the Global Communications Age.

    America's Edge
    New Age Structure
    Diplomats of the Future
    Diplomacy & the Internet
    Global Opinion

    Discussion Area

People & Power -- America's Edge

"As we move from the Industrial to the Information Age, from the Cold War world to the global village, we have an extraordinary opportunity to advance our values at home and around the world." -- President Clinton

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A New Structure for a New Age

"As the United States prepares to enter the new millennium, its methods of traditional diplomacy are becoming less effective. A major overhaul of our foreigh affairs agencies is overdue." -- Representative Benjamin A. Gilman, Chairman, Committee on International Relations, U.S. Congress

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Developing the Diplomats of the Future

"We need a generation of young diplomats schooled in information diplomacy...we need diplomats who know the impact of the world, how it changes understanding among peoples and how it defines relationships between governments." -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Ongoing Issue:   Training

"Training with Technology: A Vision for USIA"

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Diplomacy in the Age of the Internet

"Public Diplomacy -- using the most advanced tools of technology to explain American's principles and priorities to the world -- will become evermore vital to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy as we enter the 21st century." -- Vice President Gore

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Global Public Opinion Research

"There are times the U.S. wants to deliver a specific message abroad. What is persuasive to us might seem illogical to foreigners. Polling can help craft a message that is logical and persuasive to foreign audiences." -- Geoffrey Garin, President, Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc.

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Rostrum Discussion Area

Comments received by PDForum on issues surrounding the future direction for public diplomacy:

Citizen participation in humanitarian relief

I have created a new global email discussion list called RUSS-L. Here is a short charter:
RUSS-L is an open information & advocacy channel for any individuals, organizations or agencies whose goal is to obtain reliable and cost effective transport of relief goods to the Russian Federation, in any quantities from personal packages to container shipping. A further collective goal is to disseminate effective relief shipping strategies to a concerned public.
There is a sign up link at:
If you think this is a good idea, please help propagate this message.
Kind regards,
St. Petersburg, Florida

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