NEW CPD Perspectives, “U.S. Public Diplomacy in a Post 9/11 World”

The sixth paper in the 2011 series of CPD Perspectives, "U.S. Public Diplomacy in a Post-9/11 World: From Messaging to Mutuality," by CPD Research Fellow (2009-2011) Kathy R. Fitzpatrick has been released.

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Fitzpatrick analyzes the last decade of American public diplomacy. Beginning with the 9/11 Commission's conclusion that U.S. diplomacy was ineffective in preventing the 9/11 attacks, Fitzpatrick then focuses on how U.S. diplomacy has changed in an effort to eliminate those inefficiencies and grow the field of public diplomacy. Though experts deliberate on what lessons can be learned from the period leading up to 9/11, it is crucial to now focus on what has happened in the last ten years and how to continue developing public diplomacy programs to prevent terrorism in the future. Fitzpatrick relates dialogue theory to and constructs a framework for evaluation of current public diplomacy practices globally, and discusses whether governments can truly move from messaging to mutuality.

Read the entire work here.

CPD Perspectives is a periodic publication from the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and highlights scholarship intended to stimulate critical thinking about the study and practice of public diplomacy.

If you are interested in learning more about post-9/11 U.S. public diplomacy, please consider attending "Ten Years Later -- U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Arab World" on September 8th at USC.

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