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Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

U.S. engagement in the world and the Department of State’s engagement of the American public are indispensable to the conduct of foreign policy.  James K. Glassman leads America’s public diplomacy outreach, which includes communications with international audiences, cultural programming, academic grants, educational exchanges, international visitor programs, and U.S. government efforts to confront ideological support for terrorism. He oversees the bureaus of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs and International Information Programs, and participates in foreign policy development.  The focus of the Under Secretary’s tenure will be in three areas:

  1. leading the U.S. government effort in the global ideological engagement, 
  2. building on the strengths of U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, and
  3. bringing fresh and vital technologies to bear on all of our efforts.

“The task ahead is to tell the world the story of a good and compassionate nation and, at the same time, to engage in the most important ideological contest of our time – a contest that we will win.”  James K. Glassman

You can read the biographies of some senior staff from the office of the Under Secretary.

Under Secretary Glassman is using the social networking platform to reach new audiences and express new ideas that are being created by the State Department and its many partners of public agencies and private industries. Learn more...

Alliance of Youth Movements Summit

Date: 10/29/2008 Location: Washington, DC Description: James K. Glassman, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs State Dept Photo

(Nov. 24): Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs James Glassman opens the daily press briefing to discuss Alliance for Youth Movements Summit, to be held in New York City December 3-5, 2008. Special Briefing | FPC Briefing

Launch of the Democracy Video Challenge

Democracy Video Challenge

(Sept. 10): The U.S. Department of State announced the launch of a worldwide competition aimed at enhancing the global dialogue on democracy.  The launch took place on the United Nations’ first International Day of Democracy, September 15, 2008.  Media Note | Learn More

Blogger's Conference

Date: 11/24/2008 Description: Blogger Lounge graphic © AP Photo
(Sept. 17): Under Secretary Glassman participated in an online discussion covering current events.  Full Text



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Democracy Video Challenge Welcomes Renowned Economist Hernando de Soto As Jury Co-Chair
(Dec. 10): As jury co-chair of the Democracy Video Challenge, an online contest that promotes global dialogue on democracy, Mr. de Soto will oversee selection of the 21 video finalists representing all regions of the world. Full Text

Public Diplomacy 2.0
(Dec. 1): Under Secretary Glassman delivers remarks at the New America Foundation on how to promote public diplomacy with today's tools - social media.  Full Text

Alliance of Youth Movements Summit
(Nov. 24): Under Secretary Glassman gives a special briefing to announce the creation of the Alliance of Youth Movement, a program working with youth, State Department and the private sector.  Full Text

U.S. Public Diplomacy and the War of Ideas
(Oct. 28): Under Secretary Glassman briefed on the background, structure, strategy, and programs used in the public diplomacy realm to combat violent extremism, reduce the threats to America, and to promote freedom across the world. Full Text 

I-VOTE Election Fellows
(Oct. 24): Under Secretary Glassman addressed about 100 Election Fellows from around the world who are participating in I-VOTE 2008 (International Visitors Observe the Elections). Notice to the Press

State Department and Avon Foundation Cohost 2008 Breast Cancer Global Congress
(Oct. 15): Under Secretary Glassman addressed the 2008 Breast Cancer Global Congress. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Goli Ameri and Director of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade Dr. Mark Hurlbert opened the event in the George C. Marshall Conference Center at the U.S. Department of State. Notice to the Press

Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy
The second annual Benjamin Franklin Awards are accepting nominations from October 1, 2008 until December 15, 2008. This award recognizes the outstanding leadership of the American private sector as an integral part of U.S. public diplomacy efforts to engage critical communities internationally. The award is presented in four categories: individuals, corporations, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. Learn More | 2008 Announcement

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U.S.-Palestinian Partnership
President Bush, Secretary Rice, and Administrator Fore announced a new public-private partnership focused on creating economic opportunity for the Palestinian people and helping to prepare Palestinian youth for the responsibilities of citizenship and good governance. Learn More | Fact Sheet: October 2008

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