The information age : is diplomacy dead?
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Examines the impact of advances in information and communications media on the conduct of American diplomacy.
In an age of 24/7 cable news, the Internet, and near instantaneous satellite transmissions, the media wields tremendous influence over the public’s perception of events foreign and domestic. Advances in information and communications technology have increased access to information from around the globe, and they have changed the way American policymakers conduct diplomacy. Sensational images of protestors staring down tanks in Tiananmen Square, of Baghdad under assault, or of bombed U.S. Embassies overseas have demonstrated the pressure media coverage can place on policymakers to respond swiftly and forcefully. The information age has also lifted the veil on the sensitive world of negotiations, subjecting even the most delicate of dialogues to increased scrutiny. Given such pressures from the media and general public, can policymakers always respond in the interests of the United States? In this episode, host Peter Krogh is joined by Mike McCurry, Press Secretary for President Clinton and former Spokesman for the Department of State, and award winning NBC News journalist Jim Miklaszewski, to discuss the media’s impact on the conduct of American diplomacy.
The Kentucky NetworkGeorgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association
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Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic) (The Kentucky NetworkGeorgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association, 1999)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.