The Blog for the "Global Perspectives on Public Diplomacy" course at the School of International Service, American University.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
White Oak Recommendation
"White Oak Recommendations on Public Diplomacy"
"Nothing New in White Oak Recommendations on Public Diplomacy" by Steven Corman
"A Proposed Strategy for Public Diplomacy" by Spencer Ackerman
"White Oak Recommendations: Rethinking Public Diplomacy" by Matt Armstrong
"Reinventing America's Public Diplomacy 2009: Step by Step" by Pat Kushlis
"White Oak: We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat (PD") by Craig Hayden
Recently, a group of seventy diplomatic leaders conferred in White Oak to devise the public diplomacy plan for the new Obama administration and this past week they submitted their recommendations.While some critics claim that the recommendation did not include an action plan or means to reach the prescribed goals, the proposal does shed light on the next four to eight years.Instead of holding the ideas set forth to a vote, the commission reached a consensus.This brings together the factions of opinion that have popped up in the last administration, signifying a unified step forward and newfound attention on public diplomacy.Under the leadership of a charismatic and visible leader, public diplomacy has gained a new position.The "White Oak Recommendations on Public Diplomacy" stress the need for a concerted, planned, funded, and leadership driven approach to public diplomacy.While our class may find the ten recommendations obvious, the coming together of experts and the dedication to increasing funds has put a spotlight on public diplomacy.