Challenges of Balancing Protection of the U.S. Diplomatic Missions with the Needs of U.S. Public Diplomacy
Mandates of the U.S. Diplomatic missions are of profound importance to the U.S. nationals’ interests and its people. The execution of the diplomatic missions requires an aggressive U.S. public diplomacy in the modern foreign affairs. The functioning of the diplomatic missions has overwhelmingly intensified the political aspect requiring the diplomats to influence positive engagements and relations between the U.S. and foreign governments (Omar Bali, Karim & Rached, 2018). In so doing, the U.S. public diplomacy must display the utmost values and core principles that represent the American people. In the process of increasing new rising powers and potential competitors to the U.S. diplomatic missions overseas, the U.S. public diplomacy has intensely come under threat of the tactics employed by other nations’ societies to achieve their objectives and national interests (Stanzel, 2019). This is at an immense cost to the U.S. national interests and needs to protect its people across the world.
The deployment of tactics such as information war, the Anti-Western (Anti-American) sentiments, disruptive technologies, and power stereotypes undermine the U.S. public diplomacy in pursuit of the U.S. diplomatic missions. The overseas operations require the U.S. Department of State to build capacity and engage professionalism (Stanzel, 2019). This is critical in enabling the U.S. diplomatic missions to achieve its objectives in the advancement of U.S. foreign policies and the promotion of national interests. In turn, the national security of the U.S. ought to be expounded across the world for long-term benefits (Hocking & Melissen, 2015). This must be executed in line with the protection of U.S. diplomatic missions and upholding the core values in the implementation of U.S. public diplomacy.
The core trade-offs between the U.S. diplomatic missions and the U.S. public diplomacy revolves on the former’s objective to attain the national interests at any costs. This posits a risk for the U.S. public diplomacy in which values and principles guiding the American people must be reflected. The uniqueness of the American people epicenters the U.S. diplomatic missions and how they go about the implementation of the objectives. However, in an aggressively competitive world, the U.S. diplomatic need to outdo other foreign powers threatens eroding the U.S. public diplomacy. Therefore, presents a need to balance between the two and ensure that both are effectively maintained for the benefit of the American people.
The capacity to build a sense of pride, focus, and vibrancy in the competence and efficiency of the diplomats ascertain effective operations in the U.S. diplomatic missions. The U.S. Embassy for the future presents the determination to build capacity and provide the necessary resources to ensure the U.S. diplomatic operate efficiently amid competing rising powers and uphold the core values of the U.S. public diplomacy (Witkowsky, Argyros, Grossman & Rohatyn, 2007). Thus, creation of clear foreign relations objectives and intended goals is vital for the American people to own the process and future setting by their diplomatic missions. Thus, establish a point of balancing the diplomatic missions and the public diplomacy.
Department of State’s Initiative on Foreign Aid and How It Influences International Relationships
The U.S. foreign aid initiative is implemented through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) across the world to build partnerships and cooperation in areas of common interest (Long, 2017). Such areas of common interest between the U.S. and foreign governments comprise of the advancement of peace and security, anti-terrorism objectives, education, health, eradication of poverty, national disaster management, among others (Pamment, 2016). Foreign aid creates an opportunity for cooperation with international relations actors. Moreover, foreign aid has been a fundamental tool in influencing relations between the U.S. and other countries. Thus, it creates room for engagement in several key issues of interest to the United States and its national interests (Yanguas, 2017).
The U.S. Department of State’s initiative on foreign aid is advanced in various forms, including bilateral aid, multilateral aid, project aid, military aid, and voluntary aid. All the types of aid bring allies closer to the United States and increase the cooperation aspects due to the high number of issues the countries pursue together (Tarnoff & Lawson, 2009). This is core to the U.S. international relationships as it creates a scenario of mutual trust and cooperation. Furthermore, foreign nations are more tied to the U.S. national interests as they need aid to continue with the development and protection of their respective nation’s interests. This impact positively in the advancement of the U.S. international relationships to more cooperation and partnerships with key allies.
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