The battle lines are forming: Defense Department public diplomacy versus State Department public diplomacy.
Posted: 28 Nov 2007 Print Send a link
"The USC Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School and the USC Center for International Studies are pleased to announce the upcoming conference, AFRICOM: The American Military and Public Diplomacy in Africa. ... This conference will feature panel sessions addressing U.S.-African relations, the State Department and Department of Defense concepts of public diplomacy in Africa, and African perspectives on the issue." USC Center on PD website. "In the United States, a controversial new military program called the Human Terrain System (HTS) embeds anthropologists with combat brigades in Iraq and eastern Afghanistan. Their job is to study local customs and help commanders reduce the use of force." Toronto Star, 25 November 2007. See also Wired News, 29 November 2007.