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July 27, 2005

Quote of the Day: Applebaum's advice to Karen Hughes on US Public Diplomacy

The always thoughtful Anne Applebaum has an OpEd in today's WaPo with excellent advice for Karen Hughes, the nominee for US undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Her point is simple: the US needs to find new tactics to bring to the war of ideas against radical Islam and its well-funded, Saudi-led international outreach effort.

The United States has engaged in a project like this once before. In the 1950s and '60s, the West European left was also bitterly divided, with social democrats on one side and pro-Soviet communists on the other. We backed the social democrats. CIA money was used, for example, to found Encounter, a small but influential magazine whose editors promoted not just pro-Americanism but also the principles of democracy and capitalism, largely through allowing both sides to argue their cases.

Ms. Hughes would be well advised to take some of Applebaum's advice.

July 27, 2005 at 10:22 AM | Permalink


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