The Report on the Smith‐Mundt Symposium of January 13, 2009

Symposium on the Smith-Mundt Act

2009 Smith-Mundt Symposium

On January 13, 2009, a week before President Obama was sworn in, nearly two hundred attended the Smith-Mundt Symposium at the Reserve Officers Association on Capitol Hill.  This “discourse on America’s discourse” consisted of two keynotes and four panels and one of the most diverse group ever brought together on the subject.  Practitioners to policymakers to observers came from the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Congress, the media, other government agencies and from think tanks, consultants, universities, and other organizations based both inside and outside the United States.  Many of these people had little reason to be in the same room, let alone the same table, let alone to discuss public diplomacy and strategic communication, or whatever they called activities that intended to understand, inform, and influence.

Report on the Smith-€Mundt Symposium of January 13, 2009 (370kb PDF)

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