Here we are on January 14, days away from the end of the first year of the Biden Administration, and there is still no nomination for the office of Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. There were rumors of a forthcoming nomination around last autumn and recently I heard a nomination could be announced later this year. At this point, who would want a job that has been broadly neglected, often treated as an inconsequential sideshow, and whose authority, already slight, has been substantially reduced over the past couple of years?
Nine months ago, Cole Livieratos and I tried to get an article published on the unrealized potential of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs as the government’s well-placed central international information officer for US foreign policy (which includes national security, though I sense some feel the two are distinctly separate). As Cole – an active duty US Army Major, trained strategist, Georgetown Ph.D., and currently teaching at West Point – tweeted this week about our earlier effort, “Can’t emphasize enough what that says about how unserious we are about global inform/influence efforts.”
It is time to do away with the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs — sorry for the length, but the few people interested in the topic will probably appreciate the detail. https://t.co/6ZZ5XypLx5
— Matt Armstrong (@mountainrunner) January 14, 2022
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) January 12, 2022
.@mountainrunner and I tried to publish an article 9 mo ago about lack of nomination for an U/S of state for PD/PA (no takers). Here we are in 2022, still with no nomination.
Can't emphasize enough what that says about how unserious we are about global inform/influence efforts https://t.co/jO33HbuHLq
— Cole Livieratos (@LiveCole1) January 11, 2022