Speaking to Our Silent Allies: Public Diplomacy and U.S. Foreign Policy   [open pdf - 56KB]

"The updated National Security Strategy proceeds from an understanding that the power of the United States is immense and unprecedented, but it also wisely notes that we cannot achieve all of our goals by acting alone," says U.S. Representative Henry J. Hyde, chairman of the House International Relations Committee. "We must have allies to help shoulder the tasks, especially if we are to render our accomplishments secure." For all of America's enormous power, transforming the world is too heavy a burden to attempt alone. But we are not alone. The peoples of the world represent an enormous reservoir of strategic resources waiting to be utilized. The formula is a simple one: we can best advance our own interests not by persuading others to adopt our agenda but by helping them achieve their own freedom. In so doing, we must always remember that although we have many vocal opponents, these are vastly outnumbered by the legions of our silent allies. Mr. Hyde introduced legislation which was passed in form of a bill, H.R. 3969. H.R. 3969 is divided into three sections: The first reshapes and refocuses the State Department's public diplomacy programs, including specifying a series of objectives to be attained and requiring an annual plan be formulated to determine how these are to be implemented. The second section establishes a series of exchange programs focused on the Muslim world. The third section of the bill reorganizes our international broadcasting services in order to prepare them for far-reaching and innovative reforms.

Public Domain
Media Type:
U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda: An Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State, v.7, no.4 p. 23-27
Help with citations