State Department plans seven new senior PD positions

As part of its ‘roadmap’ to strengthening U.S. public diplomacy, the State Department plans to create seven new senior positions, the Washington Times emphasized in its report of last week’s Senate hearing that featured testimony by four Under Secretaries of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (see Alliance report). One of the seven positions will be a new Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Media Support, reporting to P.J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. The other positions will be Deputy Assistant Secretary slots in each of the State Department’s six regional bureaus.

Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy Judith McHale said of the new posts:

These officers will be responsible for ensuring that a public-diplomacy perspective is incorporated as part of senior policy deliberations and for coordinating all our public-diplomacy initiatives throughout their respective regions.