Evelyn Lieberman

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).

Four Under Secretaries of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs—three past and one current—gathered yesterday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss “the Future of U.S. Public Diplomacy.” The panelists testified in chronological order based on their tenures in office— former Under Secretaries Evelyn Lieberman (1999-2001), Karen Hughes (2005-07), and James Glassman (2008-09) spoke on the first panel, while current Under Secretary Judith McHale (2009-present) followed them as the sole voice on a second panel.

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