From 7-9 June 2010, Wilton Park hosted a conference for government practitioners, academics and other experts from around the world to discuss public diplomacy policy and practice. The conference was opened by Jeremy Browne MP, UK Minister of State for Public Diplomacy, and Judith McHale, US Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
Both highlighted the increasing importance of engaging people and organisations beyond governments in global affairs. Discussions covered a range of themes including military involvement in soft power; the role of corporate and faith groups; digital media; cultural relations and partnerships; and engaging through sport.
The exact discussions took place behind closed doors, but we wanted some definitions from the practitioners about what on earth we were talking about. Here’s the first instalment, please let me know what you think: