public diplomacy

Aerial view of Los Angeles, California, prior to the imposition of new restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Can Cities Fix a Post-Pandemic World Order?

The global multilateral system has failed to rise to the coronavirus challenge. It is time to let local leaders step in.

Then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens

Pompeo Aims to Cut Funds for Program Honoring Envoy Killed in Benghazi

The secretary of state rose to prominence investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack. Now he’s on board with an administration plan to eliminate funding for a program honoring Chris Stevens.

The logo for Twitter is projected onto a man in London on Aug. 9, 2017.

Thumb-Boat Diplomacy Could Undo U.S. Foreign Policy

It isn’t just Trump. All sorts of policymakers are using Twitter to promote their policies and condemn their adversaries.

Protester hold a poster reading "the power, it's us. Give us a vote!" during a rally in Moscow.

Americans and Russians Should Be Friends—Even if Their Countries Aren’t

Under Trump, the relationship between the two populations has suffered. The next president should change that.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks to press at the State Department on May 29. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

State Department Considering Public Diplomacy Overhaul

The revamp comes as officials debate how to counter Russian and Chinese influence campaigns.

Participants arrive for the final of a Chinese language dictation contest  at the Vladivostok branch of the Confucious Institute at the Far Eastern Federal University on Feb 18, 2017. (Yuri Smityuk/TASS/ Getty Images)

Forget Hearts and Minds

Soft power is out; sharp power is in. Here's how to win the new influence wars.

Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, speaks during a discussion on countering violent extremism in Washington on Oct. 23, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Fear of a Coup at Broadcasting Board of Governors

Employees fear the Breitbartization of U.S.-government funded international media outlets

Journalists at the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2015. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the State Department to Stop Throwing Money at Facebook

We need to demand accountability from social media companies — and from U.S. diplomats.


How Not to Handle Criticism, Brought to You By Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwean dictator’s very public, very amusing fallout with a former political ally in South Africa.


Should the World Get Ready for Secretary of State Bolton?

What would be the state of the State Department under the Bush-era ambassador?

BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 11: (CHINA OUT) Members of the North Korean female music group Moranbong Band leave the hotel for concert rehearsal on December 11, 2015 in Beijing, China. The Moranbong Band will perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts from December 12 to 14. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress)***_***

Lips, Teeth, and the Case of the Vanishing Legs

Why did North Korea’s miniskirt-clad girl band walk away from a big international performance in Beijing?

XIAN, CHINA - MAY 14: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting on May 14, 2015 in Xian, Shaanxi province, China. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon - Pool/Getty Images)

Modi’s Chinese Checkers

Modi's China visit was a triumph of style over substance, but cultural diplomacy may produce a meaningful shift in the relationship.

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Rolling Up the Welcome Mat

The United States’ best soft-power tool is an obscure government program you’ve never heard of. Does it still have a future?