The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is convening a non-partisan public diplomacy initiative next week, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense William Perry. The initiative will bring together a broad coalition of high-level experts, practitioners, including members from the corporate and foundation sectors, the think-tank and academic communities, and the Congress, to develop a business plan for the new organization to provide sustained, innovative, and high quality private sector support for US public diplomacy; and identify public and private sources of funding.
The envisioned entity will be non-partisan and transcend Administrations. It will facilitate better coordination and implementation between the government and the private sector while providing the U.S. Government additional capabilities. It "will not encroach" or "undertake the Government's current [public diplomacy] activities."
There will be five independent subcommittees under the Business Plan Working Group to be launched at the meeting next week. Matt Armstrong, your blogger and president & founder of the MountainRunner Institute, is a member of this working group.
- The State of State: A Proposal for Reorganization at Foggy Bottom, my article on making the Department of State also the Department of Non-State from 13 January 2010.
- Hitting Bottom at Foggy Bottom, my article at at ForeignPolicy.com on the need to reform the State Department.
- The BBG's Honeymoon: All Work and No Play on the challenges facing the Broadcasting Board of Governors
- Voices of America: U.S. Public Diplomacy for the 21st Century by Kristin Lord