Ten Reasons Why We Don’t Need an Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

FreeMediaOnline.org Logo. FreeMediaOnline.org & Free Media Online Blog, February 20, 2009, San Francisco – John Brown, a former Foreign Service officer who writes The Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review, makes recommendations on how to reform U.S. public diplomacy.

To handle USG information, educational and cultural programs meant to engage, inform, and influence key international audiences, create a small, flexible government agency, giving it a name that clearly describes what it does. And call the head of this new entity “Director.” Everybody knows what a director is. It’s a person who actually makes a difference, unlike — at least up to now — the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, DC.

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