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Public Diplomacy: The Foreign Office Definition

September 10, 2010

At the moment I’m doing quite a lot of work on the development of UK concepts of diplomacy and public diplomacy over the last few years and as a result spending quite a lot of time on the FCO and British Council web sites.  In doing this I noticed that Public Diplomacy is now right there on the front page of the FCO web site under ‘what we do’.

So how do they define PD?

Public Diplomacy is a process of achieving the UK’s international strategic priorities through engaging and forming partnerships with like-minded organisations and individuals in the public arena.

It seems to me that this fits with the ideas of diplomacy/public diplomacy fusion or hybrid diplomacy that grow quite naturally out of FCO thinking under the Labour government.

In the next few days I’m going to write more about the evolution of British diplomatic thinking over the past decade or so and in particular about the changing emphasis under the coalition government.

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