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Engaging the Muslim World

Public Diplomacy after 9/11 in the Arab Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan

Walter Douglas and Jeanne Neal

Public diplomacy supports the interests of the United States by advancing American goals outside the traditional arena of government-to-government relations. Since 9/11, with the rise of al Qaeda and other violent organizations that virulently oppose the United States, public diplomacy in Muslim-majority countries has become an instrument to blunt or isolate popular support for these organizations. Efforts in this direction complement traditional public diplomacy that explains American policies and society to foreign publics. This report identifies six areas of primary concern. The first is a larger strategic issue; the other five are directed at the on-the-ground implementation of public diplomacy: (1) Define the goals; (2)Listen; (3) Measure success; (4) Reach the target audience; (5) Exchange people and ideas; (6) Get outside the bubble. There is no one path to success. Public diplomacy must be consistent, multifaceted, and localized to advance American goals in Muslim-majority countries. This report sketches a way forward to accomplish these goals. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / Center for Strategic & International Studies
Pages: 32Size: 7 3/4 x 7 3/4
978-1-4422-2531-2 • Paperback • October 2013 • $35.00 • (£23.95)
978-1-4422-2532-9 • eBook • October 2013 • $34.99 • (£23.95)
Series: CSIS Reports
Walter Douglas was the 2011–2012 senior visiting State Department fellow at CSIS. He is currently the public affairs officer at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, India. Jeanne Neal is a Project Assistant at CSIS.