2018 Comprehensive Annual Report on Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting

November 20, 2018


The 2018 Comprehensive Annual Report on Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting, published each year by the U.S. Advisory Committee on Public Diplomacy (ACPD) per its congressional mandate, assesses the major Public Diplomacy (PD) and global media activities conducted by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM, also referred to in this report by its former name, the Broadcasting Board of Governors or BBG). This report is based on data collected from the State Department’s Public Diplomacy bureaus and offices, the Public Affairs Sections at U.S. embassies worldwide, and the USAGM. The report also serves as a unique reference document for the worldwide Public Diplomacy strategies and tactics, divided by agency and region, advancing U.S. foreign policy. Overall PD spending in fiscal year (FY) 2017 was $2.28 billion, a $252.1 million increase (12.4 percent) from FY 2016. This figure includes budgets for Diplomatic and Consular Public Diplomacy Programs (D&CP .7, renamed Diplomatic Programs in FY 2018), Educational and Cultural Exchanges (ECE), USAGM, and supplemental funding such as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), Economic Support Funds (ESF), and AEECA (Assistance for Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia). FY 2017 PD spending constituted just 3.9 percent of the international affairs budget ($59.1 billion), or 0.21 percent— approximately one-fifth of a percent—of federal discretionary spending.

See report at https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/287683.pdf

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