TITLE

SPEAKING OF AMERICA: PUBLIC DIPLOMACY IN OUR TIME

AUTHOR(S)
Adelman, Kenneth L.
PUB. DATE
March 1981
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Spring81, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p913
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on various aspects of public diplomacy in the U.S. as of 1981. Public diplomacy is the component of international affairs which President Ronald Reagan knows and does best. Since 1948, the Congress prohibit domestic dissemination of materials produced for overseas information programs. This has left the product of public diplomacy unknown within the U.S. Moreover, the public cannot realize the impact of truthful radio broadcasts since they never lack multiple sources of news. The International Communication Agency (ICA), whose roots go back to the 1948 Smith-Mundt Act and the 1961 Fulbright-Hays Act, came into being in 1978 as a merger of the Information Agency and the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The information side has the image of a more confrontational posture while the exchange activities evoke more cooperative sentiments. ICA balances disparate missions, including the nearly impossible task of providing foreign peoples the best possible understanding of our policies and our intentions so they can comprehend why we have chosen certain policies over others.
ACCESSION #
4854046

 

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