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The New Public Diplomat: Constructing A Profile

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In 2008, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy addressed the need for more attention to those charged with carrying out the public diplomacy mandate by focusing its annual report on the "people part" of U.S. public diplomacy. This chapter begins to construct a profile of the contemporary public diplomat by considering the fundamental knowledge, skills, and traits required for success in the field and exploring new challenges ahead that will require new capabilities. All diplomats operate in a dynamic political and communications environment and must constantly adapt to meet new conditions and new challenges. The changes that have increased the requirements for a more public diplomacy have created new challenges for public diplomats such as globalization. According to Daryl Copeland, the modern public diplomat must be "a high-functioning, well-educated, street-smart problem-solver, with an open mind, sharp instincts, a Blackberry and, when necessary a Kevlar vest".

Keywords: contemporary public diplomat; Daryl Copeland; globalization; professional advancement; public mandate



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