A number of public and private sector institutes and organizations, working in the field of international relations, communication and other related areas, offer public diplomacy programming and publications as part of their broader research agenda. Below is an alphabetized selection of international organizations that provide valuable public diplomacy resources.
Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
A bipartisan panel created by the United States Congress and appointed by the President of the United States to appraise U.S. Government activities intended to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics.
Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange
An association of non-governmental organizations comprising the international educational and cultural exchange community in the United States that aims to formulate and promote public policies in support of international exchange links between the people of the United States and other nations. The Alliance provides news on policy issues and collects information on international exchange organizations and programs around the world.
The American Academy of Diplomacy
An organization that explores the ways in which persons who had served in positions of major responsibility could cooperate to promote the highest standards in the practice of American diplomacy. The Academy aims to foster high standards of qualification for, and performance in, the conduct of diplomacy and the foreign affairs of the United States. Through its Leonard Marks Foundation Essay Contest and a host of other programs, it explores public diplomacy relevant issues.
American Councils for International Education
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, is an international not-for-profit organization that advances education and research worldwide through international programs that provide the global perspective essential for academic and professional excellence.
America's Unofficial Ambassadors
An organization that seeks to better America's relationship with the Muslim World by having private citizens represent America through deeds of service. America's Unofficial Ambassadors goals include the following: help address human development deficits throughout the Muslim World, build positive people-to-people connections between the Muslim World and America, and decrease Islamophobia in the United States.
The Aspen Institute
An institute that aims to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute organizes an annual Cultural Diplomacy Forum and a Roundtable Series within its Global Initiative on Culture and Society and studies the societal impact of media as part of its Communications and Society Program.
Association for Place Branding and Public Diplomacy
An organization that aims to establish and shape place branding and public diplomacy as a distinctive discipline with its own progressive methods. The purpose is to increase the visibility of public diplomacy and place branding for the association and its members and to pave the way for creating synergy and cooperation between the members, with academia and practitioners.
A non-profit public policy organization that has produced a number of publications on public diplomacy as part of its Foreign Policy Program and regularly organizes public diplomacy events of interest. Brookings also houses prominent CPD affiliated experts at its Saban Center for Middle East Policy. The Institute also launched the US - Islamic World Forum, an online website promoting the exchange of ideas and viewpoints between people from the Muslim world and the United States.
Centre for International Communications Research
A departmental center that provides a specialized forum for the research of global informational and cultural inequality; media and propaganda; transnational diasporic communications; international communications policy regimes; consumption and identity. The Center examines public diplomacy issues in its academic courses, and through its research projects and publications.
Centre for the Study of Propaganda, War and Society
A research institute committed to a systematic study of propaganda on an interdisciplinary basis and in its widest possible historical context. The Centre aims to actively promote a greater understanding of propaganda theory and its practice and become a major focus for postgraduate study and research. The Centre's website offers valuable resources on propaganda, information warfare, public and cultural diplomacy and related fields.
An independent think tank focused on public diplomacy and international relations. Headquartered in Hebei Province with offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, the Institute's aim is to help China's policy-makers to make major foreign policy decisions by offering policy advice and initiatives. Its mission is to study the theory and practice of public diplomacy, to facilitate academic exchanges and enhance outside awareness on public diplomacy.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
An independent, nonpartisan organization committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning. CCGA has conducted a number of studies and conferences on public opinion, soft power and public diplomacy.
Civil Society International
Civil Society International assists independent organizations working for democracy and civil society in countries closed to these principles. CSI brings together information about projects worldwide committed to the various pillars of civil society, and assists projects overseas by publicizing their work - helping them recruit staff, interns, or overseas partners; and helping them identify opportunities for funding or leadership development.
Council of American Ambassadors
nonprofit, nonpartisan association of more than 200 former and incumbent non-career United States ambassadors that supports the role of the American ambassador and the country team in carrying out U.S. foreign policy at embassies around the world. In this connection, it provides advice and assistance to the U.S. Department of State, as appropriate, and endeavors to educate the public on foreign policy issues affecting the national interest. The Council also offers the Davis Public Diplomacy Fellowship, which provides training, academic study and mentoring for public diplomacy officers in the Foreign Service.
Council on Foreign Relations
New York, NY
An independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens. Within its Program on U.S. Strategy and Politics, the Council maintains a Public Diplomacy issue section, aggregating event transcripts, audio and video, news releases and daily analysis pieces on public diplomacy and related topics.
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
A non-profit, non-governmental organization that serves as a worldwide network of colleges and universities committed to excellence in international education. CIEE provides both outbound international education experiences for university students, faculty, and administrators, and study, work, and internship opportunities for people coming into the U.S.
The cultural relations think-tank of the British Council bringing together cultural relations and public diplomacy practitioners, thinkers, writers, journalists and policy makers from around the world to shape and develop thinking on the future of public diplomacy and cultural relations. Counterpoint offers consultancy, organizes seminars, conferences and workshops, and publishes a significant number of books and articles on public diplomacy topics.
CSIS Commission on Smart Power
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.
A high-level, bipartisan commission chaired by Richard Armitage and Joseph Nye that includes national leaders in government, elective office, the military, NGOs, media, academia and the private sector. The Commission met three times in 2007 to develop a blueprint for revitalizing America's inspirational leadership and made recommendations for developing an integrated policy to strengthen U.S. influence, image and effectiveness in the world. The Commission also organizes a Smart Power Speaker Series.
The Diplo Foundation
A non-profit organization offering academic courses and publications on public diplomacy, and organizing various related initiatives.
East Asia Institute
An independent and nonpartisan organization devoted to research, publication, and education focused on public policy, institutions, and East Asian affairs. In collaboration with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the East Asia Institute launched a three year research project on Soft Power in East Asia and Korea’s relation to this new source of global and regional leadership. The Institute also conducts comparative surveys of public opinion on national, regional, and global issues.
The East-West Center
An education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. Over its nearly fifty years of serving as a U.S.-based institution for public diplomacy in the Asia Pacific region with international governance, staffing, students, and participants, the Center has built a worldwide network of more than 55,000 alumni and 600 partner organizations.
East West Communications
A communications consultancy offering a range of branding and communications services designed to help countries improve how they are viewed in the world, so that they can raise their international standing and improve their economies. East West Communications released the first global nation branding index in July 2008 that ranks all countries and territories based on how they are perceived in leading international media.
Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy
Established in 1965 in memory of the distinguished reporter and leader of the United States Information Agency, Edward R. Murrow, the Center participates in the definition of the field of public diplomacy through its academic courses, conferece series and publications.
The Eurasia Foundation
The Eurasia Foundation supports local economic development, youth engagement, cross border cooperation, independent media and public policy, and institution building across the region. The Foundation has become a network of locally registered foundations in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine and Moldova, and also has community development programs in China. The Foundation's Bill Maynes Fellowship program is a citizen diplomacy initiative that includes an exchange between emerging leaders in Eurasia and their American counterparts.
European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research
An independent organization which carries out comparative cultural research and cultural policy monitoring in cooperation with experts from over 40 European countries. The Institute examines concepts of intercultural dialogue and cultural diplomacy, produces an annual Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, together with the Council of Europe, and studies different forms of cultural cooperation and their related policy implications.
Foreign Policy Association
New York, NY
A non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the American public to learn more about the world. Founded in 1918, the Foreign Policy Association serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues.
The Foreign Policy Center
A European think tank launched under the patronage of the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Public Diplomacy Programme is one of the most established and successful projects run by the Foreign Policy Centre. Through a series of high-level panels, seminars and publications, the programme aims to develop both cutting-edge research and effective practical strategies. The programme also conducts research into the broader role of media and communications in international affairs.
New York, NY
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering better mutual understanding and appreciation between the peoples of the United States and Cuba. Fundación Amistad is linked to a wide collaborative network of academic, cultural, non-governmental and humanitarian institutions based in Cuba, the United States and internationally. Specific public diplomacy initiatives focus on culture and humanitarian relief.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Washington D.C., Berlin, Bratislava, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, and Bucharest
A nonpartisan American public policy and grantmaking institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe. Of particular public diplomacy relevance are GMF's Transatlantic Trends Public Opinion Surveys, and the Transatlantic Academy, a scholarly forum to discuss future challenges in transatlantic relations.
Global Peacebuilding Center
The Global Peacebuilding Center extends the United States Institute of Peace's (USIP) educational work to new—especially younger—audiences, introducing them to key concepts and skills in conflict management and to the challenges and importance of peacebuilding. Through multimedia exhibits, educational programs, and online resources and activities, the Global Peacebuilding Center seeks to engage the next generation of peacebuilders.
New Delhi, India
A non-partisan action and communication center that engages in public and economic diplomacy, and campaigns on issues that have an immediate and enduring importance for Indian and global communities and promotes social entrepreneurship and the diffusion of targeted innovations, across and between cultures, in social, political, economic, business, technology, and cultural sectors. Public Diplomacy is one of the Institute's stated areas of expertise, along with Economic Diplomacy, Communications and Imagineering.
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
New Delhi, India
ICCR is about a communion of cultures, a creative dialogue with other nations. To facilitate this interaction with world cultures, the Council has strived to articulate and demonstrate the diversity and richness of the cultures of India, both in and with other countries of the world.
Indian Public Diplomacy
New Delhi, India
Established in 2006, the Public Diplomacy Division of India’s Ministry of External Affairs strives to foster a greater understanding of India and its foreign policy concerns. Its mandate enables it to organise and support a broad range of outreach activities, both in India and overseas.
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
An international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization conducting research and programs in the area of cultural communication and rapprochement to offer viable alternatives to enhance traditional diplomatic policy. ICD maintains a wide variety of cultural diplomacy programs and publications, organizes events, and publishes a Cultural Diplomacy News service.
Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
A nonprofit organization that aims to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through education, conflict resolution training and communication. The Institute pursues a diverse publications and projects program, including, among others, a focus on track-two diplomacy and sports diplomacy.
Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication
The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at George Washington University is an outgrowth of what was known from 2000-2008 as the Public Diplomacy Institute. IPDGC is supported by both the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the Elliott School of International Affairs at GW. The Institute is a leader in research, practice, training, and innovative thinking in the areas of global communication and public diplomacy.
Institute of International Education
New York, NY
An independent nonprofit international education and training organization promoting closer educational relations between the people of the United States and those of other countries; strengthening and linking institutions of higher learning globally; building leadership skills and enhancing the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges. Of main interest would be, IIE’s flagship research project Open Doors which provides data on student mobility trends to and from the U.S., and its Project Atlas, offering similar mobility data from the perspective of other leading host countries.
Institute of Public Diplomacy
The Institute of Public Diplomacy was created within TASAM (Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies) to implement the activities (ranging from conferences to research projects) that will enable Turkey to use its soft power and increase its strategic value.
The Institute of World Politics
An independent, nonprofit, accredited graduate school of national security and international affairs, dedicated to developing leaders with a sound understanding of international realities and the ethical conduct of statecraft -- i.e., the use of the various instruments of power in service of national interests and purposes. The Institute has produced several books and papers, and offers lectures and academic courses on public diplomacy.
A research and consulting organization specializing in audience research and message targeting in developing and transitional countries. InterMedia's areas of expertise are Public Diplomacy, International Development, New Communication & Media Technologies, and Word-of-Mouth. The organization produces AudienceScapes -- a quantitative and qualitative survey of communication habits in developing and transitional countries worldwide.
International Center for Religion and Diplomacy
A Washington-based non-governmental organization whose mission is to prevent and resolve identity-based conflicts that exceed the reach of traditional diplomacy by incorporating religion as part of the solution.
James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
The Baker Institute at Rice University plays an active role in public diplomacy, and at the request of past and current U.S. administrations, the Institute has directly consulted with senior officials in both Democratic and Republican administrations to provide them with a strategic game plan on public diplomacy in the broader Middle East.
The Japan Foundation
New York, NY
Los Angeles, CA
The Japan Foundation is a Japanese public organization dedicated to implementing comprehensive international cultural exchange projects in every region of the globe. Through its activities, it contributes to the deepening of mutual international understanding and the building of peace in the international community. These activities are implemented in the following ways: arts and cultural exchange, Japanese-language education overseas, and Japanese studies and intellectual exchange. The Japan Foundation also runs the Center for Global Partnership which is dedicated to strengthening ties between Japan and the U.S.
Jordan Institute of Diplomacy
A national institute dedicated to diplomatic training in the fields of international relations and communication. The JID provides trainee diplomats with the required tools for success, particularly in public diplomacy and effective communication with civil society organizations. It also empowers them to deal effectively with the tasks of economic cooperation, attracting investments, promoting tourism, and other areas of direct economic impact.
The Korea Foundation
The Korea Foundation is an independent organization affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and supported by public funding and private donations. It was established in 1991 with the aim of enhancing Korea's image and reputation in the world through the promotion of various academic and cultural exchange programs.
Layalina Productions, Inc.
Layalina Productions, Inc. helps bridge the divide between the Arab world and the United States by fostering cultural, educational, and professional dialogues through effective commercial television programming and publications that address the issues affecting U.S.-Arab relations. Produced in the U.S. and throughout the Arab world, Layalina’s programming airs in primetime on pan-Arab free-to-air satellite television networks and on U.S. cable networks. The Layalina Review is a one-stop source for monitoring developments in the spheres of Public Diplomacy and Arab media.
Meridian International Center
A non-profit and non-partisan institution dedicated to advancing international understanding through public diplomacy and global engagement. The Center organizes professional exchanges, international conferences, arts and cultural exhibitions, and education programs.The organization also hosts the Annual Meridian Ball which includes awarding of Meridian’s Public Diplomacy Leadership Award.
The Middle East Media Research Institute
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to inform the debate over US policy in the Middle East. MEMRI studies the Middle East through the region's media (print and television), websites, religious sermons and school books. MEMRI provides translations of Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashtu, Dari, Hindi, and Turkish media, as well as original analysis of political, ideological, intellectual, social, cultural, and religious trends in the Middle East. Current projects include Democratization in the Arab and Muslim World and the Cartoon Initiative, which examines political messaging through cartoons.
National Council of International Visitors
The National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) is a nonprofit membership association that promotes citizen diplomacy and seeks to create a network of citizen diplomats in the United States. NCIV serves the international exchange community and helps build person-to-person relationships "one handshake at a time." Its membership includes community organizations, program agencies, and individuals across the US. NCIV members design and implement professional programs, provide cultural activities, and offer home hospitality for foreign leaders, specialists, and scholars participating in the US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchanges.
Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael
The Hague, The Netherlands
A non-profit knowledge institute for international relations acting as a think-tank as well as a diplomatic academy in order to identify and analyze emerging political and social developments for the benefit of government and the general public. In the framework of its Diplomatic Studies Programme the Institute examines contemporary trends and innovations in diplomatic practice focusing on nation branding and public diplomacy, foreign ministries and change, diplomatic representation, sub-state diplomacy, diplomatic theory, and consular affairs. CDSP's serialized publications feature numerous articles, papers and books on public diplomacy topics.
Public Diplomacy Alumni Association
A non-profit, voluntary organization, formerly the USIA Alumni Association, of more than 400 members who have worked in or with the information, education, and cultural programs which the U.S. Government incorporates into the conduct of its diplomacy abroad. PDAA sponsors a speakers program for members and their guests three times a year, has completed more than 125 oral histories of distinguished USIA Officers, and publishes a newsletter and directory.
Public Diplomacy Council
A non-profit organization committed to the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of public diplomacy. Its members believe that understanding and influencing foreign publics, and dialogue between Americans and the citizens of other countries, are vital to the national interest and the conduct of 21st century diplomacy. Since 2001, the Council has been affiliated with the George Washington University, which has established the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication.
Search for Common Ground
An international non-governmental organization that aims to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. SFCG works at the grassroots level to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively, to understand the differences and act on the commonalities. Among others, SFCG focuses on issues of peace journalism, media outreach and training, Track "One and a Half", II and III diplomacy to facilitate the transformation of conflict.
Serbian Institute for Public Diplomacy
Serbian Institute aims to develop Serbian public diplomacy initiatives through its practices and in collaboration with other academic and research institutions. To this end, it seeks to join its forces with Serbian and foreign government officials, Members of Parliament and their staffs, practitioners in non-governmental organizations, and the media. Serbian Institute advances the practice of public diplomacy through research, consultation, publications, and professional services.
New York, NY
Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization that locally produces media content for children. Topics and issues addressed include fostering mutual understanding between diverse cultures, religions, and socioeconomic classes; health and education; and gender equality. Their programs are global, including Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Kosovo and Russia, and their educational content is delivered through television, radio, books, magazines, interactive media and community outreach programs.
The Stanley Foundation
A nonpartisan, private operating foundation focusing primarily on peace and security issues and advocating principled multilateralism. The Stanley Foundation promotes public understanding, constructive dialogue, and cooperative action on critical international issues, recognizing the essential roles of the policy community, media professionals, and the involved public in building sustainable peace.
The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world. SI seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in the fields of culture, education, science and business. SI also supports Swedish language instruction at foreign universities and works closely with Swedish embassies and consulates around the world.
Los Angeles, CA
TakePart is a new cause-related site designed to help the public explore global issues and take action. TakePart seeks to provide information and tools for action, so individuals can make a difference. TakePart allows the user to connect with people who care about various issues and receive updates on how participants are involved. TakePart is affiliated with Participant Media and believes that a good story well told can truly make a difference in how one sees the world.
U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy
Des Moines, IA
An organization that promotes opportunities for all Americans to be citizen diplomats by compiling resources on best-practices in citizen diplomacy and recruiting U.S. citizen ambassadors. The Center manages a national database and interactive website of U.S. citizen diplomacy activities and programs throughout the country and the world, and conducts research on the impact of citizen diplomacy.
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
A coalition of 400 businesses, non-governmental organizations and community leaders from across the country that support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world. The organization's advocacy arm, the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, engages American policy-makers to build support for the U.S. International Affairs Budget, while its educational arm, the Center for U.S. Global Leadership, develops programs across the country to educate the American public about the importance of America’s smart power tools.
U.S. Institute of Peace
An independent, nonpartisan, national institution established and funded by the United States Congress. Through its Media, Conflict and Peacebuilding Center of Innovation, USIP conducts research and analysis of the power of the media for peacebuilding, and on developing new strategies for countering the abuse of media during conflict. Among its recent projects are the development of innovative media strategies for public diplomacy, as well as a Virtual Diplomacy Series that explores the role of information and communications technologies in the conduct of foreign affairs.
World Affairs Councils of America
A commonwealth of 87 World Affairs Councils that seeks to engage grassroots America in international issues, to stimulate communities to interact effectively in the global economy, and help people relate their local concerns to global issues. The national association organizes an annual conference, leadership missions abroad, international speaker exchanges, people-to-people diplomacy missions, educational workshops, book tours, operations workshops, research papers, and national publications.
World Learning seeks to inspire citizen ambassadors, prepare global leaders, and ensure sustainable development. It provides education, exchange, and development programs for students around the world. Initiatives include The Experiment in International Living, which sends high school students abroad on summer programs to increase global awareness; SIT Study Abroad, which offers undergraduates opportunities for field research abroad; and the International Honors Program, which provides comparative study on social justice and sustainability issues on multiple continents. World Learning also offers a master's degree and certificates in international development theory and management for graduate students through the SIT Graduate Institute.
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leadership. The organization is dedicated to honest, informed, thoughtful discussion of international affairs; the professional advancement, intellectual development, and personal growth of our members; camaraderie within our community; and public service.