Public Diplomacy as Loss of World Authority

Authored by: Michael Vlahos

Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy

Print publication date:  October  2008
Online publication date:  November  2008

Print ISBN: 9780415953016
eBook ISBN: 9780203891520
Adobe ISBN: 9781135926892

10.4324/9780203891520.ch4

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Abstract

In America’s Global War on Terrorism, or GWOT, what is called “public diplomacy” represents not the least, but rather a central element of U.S. failure. Arguably, public diplomacy has helped advance a historic loss of American world authority. It did not begin that way. Confidently, the GWOT advanced a revision of that authority, through which the United States’ world position would be made permanent and constitutional. Instead, aided by its public diplomacy, it has achieved the opposite. America’s recent experience in world revision followed by loss of authority can profit from the public diplomacy of Napoleonic France and early Showa Japan. Their experiences in strategic persuasion have much to tell us today.

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