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This appendix deals with the United States Information Agency (USIA) alumini study. In June of 2007, a 15-page questionnaire was mailed to 441 members of the USIA Alumni Association. The survey participants worked in U.S. public diplomacy for an average of 25 years. The shortest time reported was less than 1 year; the longest time was 66 years. The majority of participants left government service after the end of the Cold War, with 41 percent retiring during public diplomacys steep decline in the last decade of the 20th century and an additional 17 percent retiring after the dissolution of the USIA. The language expertise of the former diplomats was extensive, with many respondents reporting fluency in multiple languages.

Keywords: U.S. public diplomacy; United States Information Agency (USIA) alumni



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