U.S. Public Diplomacy: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the U.S. government has spent at least 10 billion on communication efforts designed to advance the strategic interests of the United States. However, foreign public opinion polling data shows that negative views towards the United States persist despite the collective efforts to counteract them by the State Department State, Broadcasting Board of Governors BBG, U.S. Agency for International Development USAID, Department of Defense DOD, and other U.S. government agencies. Based on the significant role U.S. strategic communication and public diplomacy efforts can play in promoting U.S. national security objectives, such as countering ideological support for violent extremism, we highlighted these efforts as an urgent issue for the new administration and Congress. To assist Congress with its oversight agenda, we have enclosed a series of issue papers that discuss long-standing and emerging public diplomacy challenges identified by GAO and others.
- Government and Political Science