The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication launched an initiative to honor members of Congress who have been outstanding in their support of public diplomacy. Together with this recognition, the Walter Roberts Endowment grants funding to deserving public diplomacy projects implemented by institutions in the member of Congress’s district.
IPDGC Director Janet Steele noted that public diplomacy was work that was, at most times, “invisible” to many Americans.
“They may know of the Fulbright program or be aware of Voice of America, but it’s been my experience that the majority of Americans have no idea what public diplomacy even is, let alone how the programs that are carried out in their name provide direct benefits to the United States,” she said.
The recipients of IPDGC’s Walter Roberts Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy are: