printable banner

U.S. Department of State - Great Seal

U.S. Department of State

Diplomacy in Action

Video Remarks: Public Diplomacy Plays a Vital Role in U.S. Efforts To Work With Partners in Countering Extremism

Tara Sonenshine
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs 
Tokyo, Japan
November 16, 2012


 The video below is available with
closed captioning on YouTube.

Any individual looking at what is good for him or her is looking at a variety of factors. Do I have a good job? Am I safe in my community? Am I secure in my country? So public diplomacy really goes to the heart of an individual’s whole experience. And part of what we see growing is this extremist ideology in certain places that takes root and takes hold often to young people looking for employment and opportunity. So public diplomacy is going where they are going – online – to counter the negative narratives, to meet people with fact instead of myth, to develop communications for those who might be sitting on the fence a bit as to go towards a more radical direction or a more moderate direction. So public diplomacy can play a role at that vital time when somebody is thinking of their world view and looking at alternative paths. And that’s where CVE or countering violent extremism and public diplomacy begin to intersect.

Back to Top

Do you already have an account on one of these sites? Click the logo to sign in and create your own customized State Department page. Want to learn more? Check out our FAQ!

OpenID is a service that allows you to sign in to many different websites using a single identity. Find out more about OpenID and how to get an OpenID-enabled account.