IPDGC releases special report

IPDGC Special Report 1
Cover of IPDGC's first Special Report.
June 01, 2014

In May 2014, adjunct professor of public diplomacy Bruce Gregory released the Institute's first-ever special report, "The Paradox of US Public Diplomacy: Its Rise and 'Demise'"Report summary:

U.S. public diplomacy faces a paradox. As diplomacy's public dimension increasingly dominates study and practice, public diplomacy has less value as a term and conceptual subset of diplomacy. It marginalizes what is now mainstream.
This report examines transformational changes in diplomacy's 21st century context: permeable borders and power diffusion, new diplomatic actors and issues, digital technologies and social media, and whole of government diplomacy. It critically assesses implications for diplomatic roles and risks, foreign ministries and diplomatic missions, and strategic planning. In an attempt to bridge scholarship and practice, the report explores operational and architectural consequences for diplomacy in a world that is more transparent, informal, and complex

The report is available for download here.

The author thanks: Sean Aday, Paula Causey, Kathy Fitzpatrick, Barry Fulton, Donna Oglesby, Vivian Walker, and Betsy Whitaker who took time from busy schedules to comment helpfully on an early draft as well as to dozens of students in courses at George Washington University and Georgetown University who collaborated in exploring many of these ideas. Acknowledgement is also due to scholars associated with the Future for Diplomacy: Integrative Diplomacy in the 21st Century project at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, 'Clingendael,' whose insights are prompting fresh thinking in diplomacy's public dimension.