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Ambassadors Roundtable

September 15, 2008



Event Resources

As part of the September 15, 2008 Roundtable with Under Secretary James Glassman, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State and Ambassador Dell Dailey, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State, the Homeland Security Policy Institute prepared a resource page where you will find some useful links to recent reports, government agencies and other relevant information.

Reports & Remarks

Winning the War of Ideas,” Remarks by Under Secretary James Glassman, Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (July 8, 2008).

Under Secretary Glassman explains that the aim of his office “is to influence foreign publics to make it easier to achieve U.S. foreign policy goals -- both short- and long-term.” He determines that helping the U.S. to win the “war of ideas” is the most important piece of his portfolio.

 “Media is Half the Battle,” by James Glassman, Wall Street Journal (September 14, 2007).

Under Secretary Glassman explains the importance of U.S. international broadcasting, noting that “ U.S. international broadcasting has been thriving in recent years, especially in nations crucial to our national security, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.”

Nomination as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs,” James Glassman, Chairman, Broadcasting Board of Governors, testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senate (January 30, 2008).

Under Secretary Glassman lays out his vision for his then-upcoming term as Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, to include: “1) leading the war of ideas, 2) building on our current public diplomacy strengths in educational and cultural exchanges, and 3) bringing fresh and vital technologies to bear on all of our efforts.”

U.S. Public Diplomacy: State Department Efforts to Engage Muslim Audiences Lack Certain Communication Elements and Face Significant Challenges,” Government Accountability Office (May 2006).

“Public opinion polls have shown continued negative sentiments toward the United States in the Muslim world. Public diplomacy activities--led by the State Department (State)--are designed to counter such sentiments by explaining U.S. foreign policy actions, countering misinformation, and advancing mutual understanding between nations. GAO was asked to examine (1) what public diplomacy resources and programs State has directed to the Muslim world, (2) whether posts have adopted a strategic approach to implementing public diplomacy, and (3) what challenges remain to be addressed.”

Diplomacy for the 21 st Century: Transformational Diplomacy,” Congressional Research Service (August 2007).

“This report provides an overview of Secretary of State Rice’s transformational diplomacy plan. It examines the calls for reform of America’s current diplomatic institutions, and the Administration’s response — transformational diplomacy. The report also presents the concerns many experts have expressed regarding specific elements of this proposal, and a sample of reactions in other countries.”

Dell Dailey: Soldier, Counterterrorism Warrior,” by Robin Wright, Washington Post (August 24, 2007), page A13.

Post reporter Robin Wright profiles Ambassador Dell Dailey.

Briefing On the History of Libya’s WMD Effort and Dismantlement Program and Libya’s Renunciation of Terrorism,” featuring Ambassador Dell Dailey, U.S. Department of State (September 3, 2008).

Ambassador Dailey discusses the efforts of the State Department to dismantle weapons of mass destruction in Libya, prior to Secretary Rice’s September visit to Libya, which “really does show a change and a new chapter in our relationships, our bilateral relationships with Libya.”

Foreign Aid and the Fight Against Terrorism and Proliferation: Leveraging Foreign Aid to Achieve U.S. Policy Goals," Ambassador Dell Dailey, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State, testimony before the Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives (July 31, 2008).

Ambassador Dailey describes the efforts of the United States government to combat terrorism through U.S. aid, specifically noting those taken in partnership with Pakistan.

Memo from Cairo: 9/11 Rumors that Become Conventional Wisdom,” by Michael Slackton, The New York Times (September 8, 2008).

This article delves into life on the “ Arab Street” in Cairo, Egypt, lending a glimpse into the general consensus by Egyptians of whom and what caused the September 11 th attacks in the United States.

Gap Opens Between Al-Qa’ida and Allies,” by Josh Meyer, The Los Angeles Times (April 24, 2008). [archived-purchase necessary for nominal fee]

Times reporter Josh Meyer documents the schism beginning the show within this once unified organization, starting with a “ backlash...over the network's tactics, including suicide attacks.”

Country Reports on Terrorism: 2007,” U.S. Department of State (April 2008).

“ U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism.”

Combating Terrorism: The United States Lacks Comprehensive Plan to Destroy the Terrorist Threat and Close the Safe Haven in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas,” Government Accountability Office (April 2008).

“Since 2002, destroying the terrorist threat and closing the terrorist safe haven have been key national security goals. The United States has provided Pakistan, a key ally in the war on terror, more than $10.5 billion for military, economic, and development activities. Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which border Afghanistan, are vast unpoliced regions attractive to extremists and terrorists seeking a safe haven. GAO was asked to assess (1) the progress in meeting these national security goals for Pakistan's FATA, and (2) the status of U.S. efforts to develop a comprehensive plan for the FATA. To address these objectives, GAO compared national security goals against assessments conducted by U.S. agencies and reviewed available plans.”

National Strategy for Combating Terrorism,” White House (February 2003).

Supporting the National Security Strategy, the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism was published by President George W. Bush in 2003 to lay out a strategic framework for the United States to lead the global fight against terrorism.

News and Resource Links

Mountain Runner
A blog that’s purpose “is to explore the psychological struggle for minds and wills of men and women in 21st Century. It challenges the concept of “winning hearts and minds” and argues the reality is an ongoing struggle for the mind not based on likability but on pragmatic choices for the future of individuals, groups, and modern nations. We must focus on influence, persuasion, and dissuasion on the will to act, or not act, by global audiences connected virtually and physically in ways that transcend political and geographic boundaries.”

The official blog of the U.S. Department of State. “The mission of the U.S. Department of State is to create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Through its websites and other online resources, the Department offers broad public access to a wide range of information. Blogs.state.gov offers the public an alternative source to mainstream media for U.S. foreign policy information. This blog offers the opportunity for participants to discuss important foreign policy issues with senior Department officials.”

New York Times: United States

BBC Country Profile: United States

CIA World Factbook: United States

U.S. Government

Office of Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism



The Ambassadors Roundtable Series is designed to provide Ambassadors to the United States and their key diplomatic staff with a forum to discuss current and future counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts on a regional or country-specific basis. In an effort to draw upon various insights and experiences, the Ambassadors Roundtable Series builds upon and institutionalizes efforts over the past two years to engage in a dialogue with members of the international community, policy makers, and practitioners.