Explaining America

Explaining America

"I think that public diplomacy has been done as if the channels of communication are the same as the 1980s. They have completely and radically changed, and I think Americans need to understand that the rules of the game have changed." 
–Lahcen Haddad, Professor at Mohammed V University

Public diplomacy, the communication of the nation’s values and policies, was a critical weapon during the Cold War. But today, the US might as well be shooting blanks in the battle for hearts and minds in the Muslim world. Seven years after the Towers fell, American public diplomacy is still short on vision, and cash. The result is that terrorists hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan are running a more focused public relations campaign than the US.

Guests on this program include:

  • James Glassman, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
  • Mohammed Darif, Professor of Political Science at Hassan II University
  • Mustafa Khalfi, Publisher of Attajdid, a conservative newspaper in Morocco
  • Lahcen Haddad, Professor at Mohammed V University
  • Bruce Hoffman, Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University
  • Enders Wimbush, former Director of Radio Liberty
  • Professor Nicholas Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy at USC
  • Richard Burt, former Director of Politico-Military Affairs at the State Department
  • David Abshire, former US Ambassador to NATO
  • Stan Burnett, Counselor of the US Embassy in Rome
  • Hans Tuch, former American Minister for Public Affairs in Bonn
  • Angela Stent, Director of the CERES program at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service
  • Karen Hughes, former Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
  • Kamal El Fouly, Professor of English Teaching Methodology at Egypt’s Minya University
  • Hisham Kassem, publisher and rights activist in Cairo
Segment 1

Deborah Amos explores the intersection of anti-Americanism, radicalism and public diplomacy in Morocco. 

Segment 2

Deborah Amos traces the history of America’s public diplomacy successes and failures in the 20th century. 

Segment 3

Ray Suarez looks back at US efforts to diminish public opposition to the deployment of Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe in the early 1980s. 

Segment 4

Ray Suarez examines the state of US public diplomacy and State Department education and exchange programs in Egypt.