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  • Backgrounder posted December 3, 2007 by Juliana Geran Pilon Obsolete Restrictions on Public Diplomacy Hurt U.S. Outreach and Strategy

    A little-known legal restriction on U.S. public diplomacy, despite being rendered unenforceable long ago by technological advances like the Internet,[1] continues to damage America's global communication efforts. At issue is Section 501 of the U.S. Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (Smith-Mundt Act), the legislation underlying America's overseas…

  • Lecture posted March 20, 2007 by Juliana Geran Pilon Why America Is Such a Hard Sell: Beyond Pride and Prejudice

    Delivered February 12, 2007 The verdict seems to be that America is currently a "hard sell," meaning both hard to sell and sold too hard. Global opinion polls conducted for the past two decades, notably by the Pew Research Center,[1] indi­cate that we are increasingly misunderstood, disliked, distrusted, even hated. A recent global survey released on…

  • Issue Bulletin posted February 8, 1984 by Juliana Geran Pilon Tariff Act of 1930: Taking a Stand Against Slave Labor

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 102 February 8, 1984 THE TARIFF ACT OF 1930. TAVJNG A STAND AGAINST SLAVE LABOR INTRODUCTION The West long has known that the Soviet Union has had a policy to use slave labor. More than a half century ago, Congress passed a law to prevent Americans from being Moscow's accomplice in benefiting from slave labor. Section 307 of…

  • Issue Bulletin posted January 17, 1984 by Juliana Geran Pilon P.L.98-164: The U.N. Under Scrutiny

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 101 January 17, 1984 P.L. 98-164 THE U.N. UNDER SCRUTINY INTRODUCTION At last, Washington is paying attention to what has been going on at the United Nations. Scrutiny has been mounting dramatically of what U.N. agencies and officials have been saying and doing and how they have been spending the nearly $1 billion per year that…

  • Issue Bulletin posted October 22, 1983 by Juliana Geran Pilon Closing the U.S. -Soviet Diplomatic Gap

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 99 October 18, 1983 CLOSING THE U.S. -SOVIET DIPLOMATIC GAP INTRODUCTION The Soviet Union has pulled ahead of the U.S. not only in missiles and other strategic weapons. The Soviets continue to overpower the U.S. on the critically important diplomatic front. On it there is no balance of forces. According to FBI estimates, the…

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