Public diplomacy as conducted by USIA
and now the State Department has several important features:
Historically, information warfare was identified as critical to national security, and USIA
was required to erode support for the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
The 1962 survey poll conducted by the INESE on behalf of the USIA
suggests that Brazilians sponsored a reformist position domestically and, to a lesser extent, argued for an autonomist position in the international arena.
President Eisenhower delegated the public diplomacy authority of the Secretary of State to the Director of USIA
when he created that Agency in 1953.
His book is an institutional history of the USIA
, not a history of American propaganda and public diplomacy, generally.
With the war over, USIA
needed to find other markets than the munitions industry.
It can cast light on the question, which the USIA
was particularly interested in probing at the time, "what socialism/ communism means personally to Soviet citizens.
was not about to build up any personalities regardless of the quality of the work.
In his performing capacity, honors include a Duo Recitalists' Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Artistic Ambassadorship to Asia from the USIA
, and an Artists' Residency at M.
Much of the book details the activities of the USIA
, based on exhaustive research, including newly declassified documents from the Eisenhower Library.
Eisenhower Library, the USIA
Archive, and other collections, Kenneth Osgood does a marvelous job of distilling an enormous amount of documentation.
In the 1980s, he wrote for ABC's revival of "Omnibus" and scripted a USIA
international documentary "Let Poland Be Poland.