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The Bush administration’s latest budget contains a significant increasein spending on ”public diplomacy” — government-sponsored programs tocommunicate with the citizens of other countries through the media andcultural and educational exchanges. The increase has been met with asigh of relief from foreign policy watchers who believe publicdiplomacy is an essential pillar of American ”soft power” and havewatched that pillar slowly crumble since the end of the Cold War. During the Cold War, the US Information Agency led America’s publicdiplomacy assault, broadcasting Radio Free Europe to Soviet Blocstates, broadcasting the Voice of America throughout the world, andsponsoring numerous alternatives to state-sponsored media […]

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