The Public Diplomacy Council
The Public Diplomacy Council was founded in 1988 as the Public Diplomacy Foundation. Dedicated to fostering greater public recognition of public diplomacy in the conduct of foreign affairs, the Foundation evolved to serve also as a resource and advocated for the teaching, training, and development of public diplomacy as an academic discipline.
In 2001, the Foundation joined with The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs and Elliott School of International Affairs to establish the Public Diplomacy Institute. The Foundation changed its name to the Public Diplomacy Council and became a membership organization with an elected board of directors. The Public Diplomacy Council is committed to fostering awareness of the public, social, educational, and cultural dimensions of world affairs.
The Public Diplomacy Council is a nonprofit organization committed to the importance of the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of public diplomacy. Its members believe that understanding, informing, and influencing foreign publics and dialogue between Americans and United States’ institutions and their counterparts abroad are vital to the national interest and core elements of 21st century American diplomacy.