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State Department Uses Corporate Funds To Privatize Our Public Diplomacy


...the State Department is barreling ahead with plans to privatize its public diplomacy functions -- functions that might have averted some of the tragedies taking place in the Middle East -- using corporate funds that all but guarantee an American public diplomacy that serves multinational business but not the American people.

South Florida contractors betting on Haiti recovery


More than four months after Haiti's lethal earthquake, the international commission overseeing the recovery is still mulling how to spend the $9.9 billion pledged to the nation. But U.S. contractors are diving in, making high-stakes bets that reconstruction deals will eventually bring a windfall.

Brokering Power, “Soft” and “Hard”

CPD Blog
Along the gradient of power, there’s a possible mix of “soft” and “hard” varieties. The public diplomacy originating at the U.S. State Department is commonly associated with the “soft” power of peaceful persuasion and cultural appeal; the foreign information efforts at the Pentagon are often in the service of some... Read More

Psy-ops Journalism: Washington’s Budding New Industry

CPD Blog
The war in Iraq has spawned a new industry in Washington that could be called Psy-ops Journalism. The new breed of journalists are following the money trail to the Pentagon. Some $400 million in media consulting contracts has been awarded during the past few years by the Pentagon, for... Read More