On January 14, U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel, State Department Coordinator for International Information Programs Dawn McCall, 2011 CNN Hero Robin Lim, and Indonesian and American friends kicked off a month-long celebration for @america's one-year anniversary. Department of State
The Department recognizes the central role of public diplomacy as a tool and an essential element of 21st century statecraft, and has committed to renewing America's engagement with the people of the world by enhancing mutual respect and understanding, and creating partnerships aimed at solving common problems. To address the challenges of today, the Department has developed the first detailed global strategy for public diplomacy in more than a decade, ensuring its alignment with foreign policy objectives. Public diplomacy programs explain American society and culture and policy making to a broader international public. By improving their understanding of American society and values, the United States can establish a positive narrative and framework for policy discussions.
The Department and USAID allocated $1.433 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2011, which is 3 percent of the total State-USAID budget for all strategic goals. The Department and USAID met or exceeded targets for 50 percent of performance indicators for Strategic Goal 6. Ratings were not available for 50 percent that are new indicators or data are not yet available.