Public Diplomacy Council

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The Public Diplomacy Council "is 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."

"The Public Diplomacy Council was founded in 1988 as the Public Diplomacy Foundation. Dedicated to fostering greater public recognition of public diplomacy in the conduct of foreign affairs, the Foundation evolved to serve also as a resource and advocate for the teaching, training, and development of public diplomacy as an academic discipline.
"In 2001, the Foundation joined with The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs and Elliott School of International Affairs to establish the Public Diplomacy Institute. The Foundation changed its name to the Public Diplomacy Council and became a membership organization with an elected board of directors. The Council maintains close ties with the USIA Alumni Association whose president is an ex-officio member of the Council's board of directors." [1]

The Council is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Directors September 2006


Ex Officio




Honorary Members Former U.S. Information Agency Directors

Former Chairs, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy