In 1948, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy was established with a mandate to provide independent, bipartisan assessments of America’s public diplomacy and international broadcasting activities.

Seventy-five years later, the Commission is still going strong, producing incisive, data-driven reporting and recommendations on the full range of USG policy advocacy, messaging and media collaboration, cultural, academic, and professional exchange programs, and international broadcasting platforms.

To celebrate the ACPD’s 75 years of service to the White House, Congress, and the American people, we invited current and former ACPD commissioners, executive directors, and longtime research and policy partners to reflect on its past as well as its future. Download the report to read their contributions.


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U.S. Department of State

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