What is Public Diplomacy?

Ed Murrow, former director of the US Information Agency
Edward R. Morrow, considered by many to be a forefather of Public Diplomacy. Image source: Wikipedia.

The Maxwell School operates the Public Diplomacy dual-degree program jointly with the world renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.  As one of the few schools with a dedicated program of study related to this central concept in international relations. So what do we mean when we talk about Public Diplomacy?

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Maxwell in the World

Syracuse University Well Represented in Kabul.
Note the flag on the right.  Source: GAO Management News April 7 – 18, 2014

Earlier this year at the MAIR orientation, we were happy to host a few excellent alumni of the program to talk about their journey in the international affairs arena.

While there, one of the alumni, Mr. Omar Qudrat (JD/PD 2010) spoke about one of the truisms of the program.  Namely that in most organizations, both in Washington and worldwide, there are either Maxwell alumni or Syracuse alumni.  Thus, I thought I would share two interesting stories for an early Fall Friday.  Continue reading Maxwell in the World

Wir bauen eine neue Bruecke!

Maxwell Students and Alumni in Berlin. Photo: Frederik Ferié
Maxwell Students and Alumni in Berlin. Photo: Frederik Ferié

Neither the Maxwell School nor Syracuse University has an official presence in Berlin in the same way as our Maxwell-in-Washington or SU in NYC.

However, over the past few years of involvement with the Atlantis transatlantic degree program, we have built a stronger network in one of the major political and economic centers of the European Union. Continue reading Wir bauen eine neue Bruecke!

Acronym Salad: Part II – The IC

Seal of the US Intelligence Community.
Seal of the US Intelligence Community. Source: DNI.gov

The section of the U.S. government that is literally and metaphorically shrouded in secrecy is the intelligence community.

While all of the constituent agencies have public presences, they each have different functions and specializations.

Thus, if you area  student seeking to serve in an analytic or management roles within these agencies as professionals, it is useful to understand which agency is the best conceptual fit.  It is also useful to attempt an internship within one of these agencies, as it would secure valuable career preparation for work in the IC. For information about those opportunities, visit the individual websites of each of the IC members.

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Acronym Salad: Part I – USAID

USAID Small Logo

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government’s primary agency for international development and humanitarian assistance.  Given the breadth of its programming, the agency and its workers will often use short-hand notation to describe the offices in which they work and the programs that are carried out within.

In this edition of acronym salad, we will discuss two primary acronyms of use to potential development workers, IQC (Indefinite Quantity Contracts) and PVO (Private Voluntary Organizations)

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What Language Should I Study?

“To prosper economically and to improve relations with other countries, Americans need to read, speak and understand other languages.”  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, 8 December 2010.

While learning a second language is linked with a number of different benefits, including slowing brain aging, improving multitasking abilities, and the acquisition of another language, this somewhat elides the question of which language should one study for a career in public administration or international relations? Continue reading What Language Should I Study?

Boren, CLS, and Fulbright, Oh My!

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Logo
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Logo

On Thursday, August 21, the PAIA department was happy to host Professor Susan Wadley to speak about the Boren Fellowship, the Critical Language Scholarships, and the Fulbright Scholarship programs.  These opportunities, funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs,   are of primary interest to students pursuing work that will take them overseas, there is an increasing need for professionals working on domestic issues to be able to understand best practices among international policy professionals.  Since the Application Period for 2015 -2016 Boren Fellowships just opened, it seems appropriate to speak about this now. Continue reading Boren, CLS, and Fulbright, Oh My!

Allez Eric, Allez

A connective corridor bike lane.
Connective Corridor Bike Lane. Photo: SU News

Many of you have met Maxwell Alum Eric Ennis (MPA ’14), either through the MPA Colloquium or via participating in his 2015 Maxwell Syracuse Challenge.  Despite these notable achievements, Eric is also working on more innovative programming in his current role as the City of Syracuse’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) coordinator, including his role as the 40 Below Transit Task Force. Continue reading Allez Eric, Allez