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"Individuals are increasingly important to solving some of the world’s most intractable challenges," says Timothy Jenkins.

Nigel Cliff

A Cold War tale of cultural exchange and music diplomacy.

City diplomacy luminary and Attorney Michael Shuman, a leader of the former Center for Innovative Diplomacy, reminds us that local government participation in foreign affairs is enumerated in and protected by the Constitution. Thus, when American local governments responded to the threat of nuclear annihilation vis-à-vis the U.S. arms race with the Soviet Union, to the federal government’s inadequate response to Apartheid, and to other problems from the federal-level, the resultant municipal activism was not only legal, it was defining of American federalism.

"The largely untold story of Southern California’s unique place in American diplomatic history is now being told," says Ben Leffel.

Edward R. Murrow

Philip Seib reviews Gregory Tomlin's work on the former USIA director.

The Kremlin is trying to split the West by spreading “altered facts,” conducting blackmail and setting up front organizations, the U.S. State Department said, in 1981. So-called active measures were common during the Cold War, when the U.S. and the Soviet Union sought to unify and divide Europe with equal urgency. Now those tactics appear to be back, retooled for the digital age 

HIDDEN FIGURES | International Trailer | In Cinemas Feb 16, 2017

Hidden Figures is a reminder that America's strength lies in its diversity.

This is the early version of what we now call the DIME model of national power — diplomacy, information, military, economic. A July 1945 report from the State Department recognized that the “nature of present day foreign relations makes it essential for the United States to maintain informational activities abroad as an integral part of the conduct of our foreign affairs.” 

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