Publications and Resources

One of the principal goals in the founding of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy was to produce publications on the processes of diplomacy that reflect the experience of diplomatic practitioners and the breadth of knowledge of the Georgetown University academic community. 

Over the years, this guiding principle has taken many forms: books published either by the Institute or leading academic presses; reports and papers based on research conducted by the staff, associates or working groups created by the Institute; and the case study in international affairs program.


Communicating with the World: U.S. Public Diplomacy Overseas

Hans N. Tuch
Foreword by Marvin Kalb

Communicating with the World defines and examines public diplomacy in the context of a government's conduct of foreign affairs, and identifies its rationale as an outgrowth of the worldwide communications revolution, ideological conflicts and the interdependency of nations. The book explains the evolution of U.S. public diplomacy since World War II in terms of enabling legislation, and the actions of successive directors of the U.S. Information Agency. In particular, it concentrates on the specific ways in which the U.S. government practices public diplomacy through its overseas diplomatic missions, explaining the role of the ambassador and the "country team" and the importance of dialogue—the two-way learning experience of public diplomacy.

Several chapters analyze the methods and media employed in conducting public diplomacy, such as press, publications, libraries, lectures, exhibitions, and educational and cultural exchange programs. Separate chapters discuss the uses of radio (e.g., the Voice of America) and television. The book details how public affairs officers and their staffs at U.S. diplomatic missions select the audiences for each of these approaches, and identify and present specific issues in terms of specific target groups.

The author demonstrates the responsibility of public diplomats to advise Washington and its ambassadors in the field on the intercultural implications of U.S. foreign policies and actions and their effect on foreign public opinion. He offers a critique of current U.S. public diplomacy practices and four detailed case histories, drawn from his 35 years of experience in the Foreign Service.

This publication is available through Macmillan.

Macmillan, 2013


Sir Harold Nicolson

In this noted classic, which first appeared in 1939, Sir Harold Nicolson outlines with clarity and wit a history and definition of diplomacy, the art of implementing foreign policy. He traces its development from primitive origins (when the concept of diplomatic immunity perhaps arose from the realization that it was not helpful to kill an emissary before he had delivered his message) to modern times, when diplomatic practice has become highly sophisticated and subject to strict conventions. Nicolson also describes the ideal diplomat, varying types of national diplomatic styles, and contemporary changes in diplomatic procedure. An epilogue in the third edition, now reissued by the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, discusses postwar changes in the field.

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Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, 1988