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Exploring U.S. Public Diplomacy’s Domestic Dimensions: Purviews, Publics, and Policies

In October 2021 the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy convened a virtual workshop for 45 public diplomacy practitioners, scholars, policy experts and journalists to explore the role that public diplomacy might play in advancing Americans’ understanding of the domestic impact of U.S. global engagement.

The following report features essays by three thought leaders in public diplomacy that offer practitioner, historical, and social research perspectives on the domestic public diplomacy concept. The report also offers key takeaways about the scope and authorities of public diplomacy’s domestic dimension, the identification of key domestic audiences, stakeholders, and potential partners, and the policy and resource implications of a focus on domestic public diplomacy.

This report is intended to serve as framework for informed inquiries into public diplomacy’s domestic dimension for practitioners, policymakers, and scholars. It is also meant to provide a platform for a sustained and productive dialogue on these issues.

To download a PDF of this report, click here.