American diplomacy : time for a revolution?
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Examines the conduct of American diplomacy in the information age, including the impact of instantaneous news coverage and the role of the U.S. Congress in shaping foreign policy.
American innovation blazed the way for what became known as the “information age” -- the era of cell phones, internet, and twenty-four seven news. Yet as technological advances allowed information to be broadcast quickly around the globe, it became clear that the U.S. was ill prepared to conduct diplomacy in the digital age. The near instantaneous transmission of information not only affected the formation and conduct of American foreign policy, but also bolstered the role that the American public plays in the policy process. Devastating images of famine, ethnic conflict, war, and poverty increasingly drove U.S. policy choices, highlighting the role that media coverage plays in inciting, if not always informing, public opinion. In an age of instant communications, are the methods of American diplomacy too plugged into the ways of the past? In this interview host Peter Krogh sits down with Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to discuss American foreign policy at the turn of the century, including the role of Congress and the consequences of conducting diplomacy in the information age.
North America; United States;
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Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic) (WHYY-TV (Television station : Philadelphia, PA)Georgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association, 1989)