THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNALAffairs through its online platformThe Collaboratory.
The report’s authors visited five U.S.
missions in FY2014—Algeria, Hungary,
Moldova, Kenya and South Africa—and
offer their views of the missions’ struggle
to balance administrative work with
engaging their respective foreign audi-
ences. Not surprisingly, a common theme
is the chronic lack of resources.
The report includes more than 20
recommendations for strengthening and
modernizing PD and broadcasting efforts.
The recommendations also reflect the pri-
orities of the Obama administration, with a
focus on countering violent extremism and
negative Russian influence, and influenc-
ing youth through programs like the Young
African Leaders Initiative and the Youth
Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative.
—Maria C. Livingston, Associate Editor
SITE OF THE MONTH: Public Diplomacy NGOs–A Top Five
University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy •www.uscpublicdiplomacy.org
USC’s Annenberg Center is a leader in public diplomacy research and a recipient of the State
Department’s 2008 Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy. The center’s website is a
treasure trove of resources for anyone interested in the theory and practice of global engage-
ment and intercultural relations. And the CPD Blog is a great place to keep up with recent PD
scholarship applied to current affairs.
Global Ties U.S. •www.globaltiesus.org
Global Ties U.S., with more than 100 member organizations, facilitates international
exchanges in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, “connecting global leaders and creat-
ing networks of problem solvers” from 45 American states and 15 countries.
Center for Citizen Diplomacy •www.centerforcitizendiplomacy.org
The Center for Citizen Diplomacy advocates person-to-person contact as the best strategy for
cross-cultural engagement. The CCD provides citizen diplomats with the tools and the platform to
acquire “global fluency” and to approach other cultures with compassion, curiosity and openness.
The Center runs student exchanges and higher education programs, facilitates virtual meetings,
and holds summits and forums on public diplomacy.
Sister Cities International •www.sistercities.org
Sister Cities International promotes citizen diplomacy by providing resources to help create
and strengthen global urban partnerships. Member cities or states are matched with a “sister
city,” and participate in exchange programs and activities designed to “promote peace through
mutual respect, understanding and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time.”To
date, more than 545 American cities have partnerships with 2,100 cities in 145 countries.
Public Diplomacy Council •www.publicdiplomacycouncil.org
The Public Diplomacy Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and practice
of (and responsible advocacy for) PD. The PDC focuses on public diplomacy as a key instrument
of national power and a true profession: “the ability to weave public diplomacy into strategy is a
characteristic of successful foreign affairs professionals.”The PDC provides fellowships and training
—Shannon Mizzi, Editorial Assistant