The Public Diplomacy Council

The PUBLIC DIPLOMACY COUNCIL, established in 1988, promotes America's communication with foreign publics in order to bring about better understanding of American ideas, ideals, institutions and culture, as well as U.S. national goals and current policies. The Council believes that understanding and influencing foreign publics are essential to the conduct of U.S. international relations.

The Public Diplomacy Council consists of people who have devoted much of their professional lives to the practice of public diplomacy.

MISSION: The Public Diplomacy Council was created to further the awareness that foreign attitudes and perceptions play an ever-increasing role in determining the success of America's political and economic actions on the world stage. Today, with the collapse of many totalitarian systems around the globe and the spread of democratic, market-oriented institutions, the Council strongly feels that understanding, informing and influencing foreign publics are central to the achievement of America's goals of peace and prosperity for itself as well as for the broader international community.

The Council believes that in an age of instant communication and broad public engagement in international affairs, Americans and their elected officials must reach beyond foreign governments to articulate and explain our national ideals and aspirations to the people of other nations. The Council shares Thomas Jefferson's conviction that America's commitment to openness and democracy requires a "decent respect to the opinions of mankind " (Declaration of Independence).

ACTIVITIES: The Public Diplomacy Council seeks, through research, publications, conferences, symposia and personal contact, to engender greater recognition among the American public, the Congress, and the Executive Branch of the importance of public diplomacy as an indispensable element in the conduct of U.S. foreign affairs. It also endeavors to promote public diplomacy as an academic discipline in order to train students of international relations for the foreign affairs profession.

FUNDING: The Public Diplomacy Council received tax-exempt status in 1989 under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to it are fully tax-deductible, and the Council relies upon private support for its programs and activities. It has no government connection and receives no financial support from any governmental sources.

The Public Diplomacy Council, Inc.
The George Washington University
School of Media and Public Affairs
805 21st Street, NW, Room 410
Washington, D.C. 20052
Tel: 202/994-0389

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