The Political Promise of Public Diplomacy

At the invitation of Layalina Productions, I wote a Perspectives piece affirming the political nature of Public Diplomacy. Challenging the common vision of a universal global civilization in which the unified voice of the people rises above politics, I argue that Public Diplomacy should be viewed as a political instrument used to advance an actor's dearly held interests and values, which vie with the ideas of others who value differently in our pluralistic international society. 

Exploring the exchange and contestation of ideas in the media-saturated global public square, I call for diplomats to protect the free flow of information and therefore of politics at a time when some international actors seek to restrict the current "messy global marketplace of ideas." Read more

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