IPDGC Special Reports

As part of its mission to facilitate research in modern public diplomacy, IPDGC released its first Special Report in May 2014. Compiled and written by Bruce Gregory, adjunct professor of public diplomacy at GW and Georgetown University, "The Paradox of US Public Diplomacy: Its Rise and 'Demise'" was met with critical acclaim in public diplomacy circles for bringing a "fresh perspective" to the current state of US public diplomacy. 

The report is free and available for download.

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.



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