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Regaining America's Voice Overseas

Recorded on July 10, 2003

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The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Through a combination of neglect and a mistaken belief that America's foreign policy challenges ended with the Cold War, the United States government gradually lost touch in communicating with foreign publics. To recover this capability, America's public diplomacy must be strengthened and U.S. international broadcasting-so effective in providing hope to captive audiences in Eastern Europe, Russia, and China-should be streamlined and better managed. Two panels of experts tell how public diplomacy and foreign broadcasting can be revitalized and better focused.