Experiencing America: Public Diplomacy at its Best
Recorded on September 10, 2008
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
Public diplomacy is the art of explaining America to the world -
no small challenge given the immense diversity of its people,
preferences, and geography! American leadership requires
diplomacy programs to better explain American values and policies
to the world. But, as Alexis de Tocqueville demonstrated in
the early 1800s, the best way for foreigners to understand America
is to visit her and to travel outside the busy streets of
Washington, New York, and San Francisco and to meet her people and
to see how they live their lives.
We are pleased to offer the first public presentation of a new
State Department initiative that is doing just that. The
Office of the Chief of Protocol, under the leadership of Ambassador
Nancy Brinker, is taking groups of foreign diplomats far away from
the Washington Beltway to "Experience America." The trips are
designed to highlight the spirit and vitality of America's
communities, the innovative drive of its businesses, the dedication
of its non-profits, the vitality of academia, and the variety of
ways that state and local governments are tackling the challenges
of modern life.
Join us Ambassador Brinker shares highlights of these trips as
well as other public diplomacy initiatives she manages.
As Chief of Protocol for the U.S. Department of State,
Ambassador Brinker advises the President, the Vice President, and
the Secretary of State on official matters of diplomatic
procedure. She accompanies the President on his official
visits abroad, such as his recent stop at the Beijing Olympics, and
acts as his personal representative and liaison to the Washington
diplomatic corps. Her office also hosts the ceremonial events
for visiting Chiefs of State and Heads of Government.
Previously, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of
Hungary. Ambassador Brinker is also the founder of the Susan
G. Komen Race for the Cure.