The State Department’s approach to the public diplomacy opening movements
News., Australia – The State department is working with the White House on a new public diplomacy strategy, which aims to give the US “more effective and timely communication about our plans for the future of the Indo-Pacific region”.
The move comes after the administration announced the US would no longer provide the Pentagon with its annual military spending numbers for the next five years.
The new strategy, titled the ‘Public Diplomacy Opening Move’, will provide the department with a “new baseline for engagement and communication”, the department said in a statement.
“The department’s Public Diplomacy Open Movement will allow us to better understand the state of our strategic environment, engage with stakeholders and engage the public,” the department added.
“This will provide us with a better understanding of the state and prospects for the Indo -Pacific region and other countries.”
A department official told News.au the move was a response to the Obama administration’s decision to cancel its yearly military spending report, and the administration’s new strategy.
“We are in the process of gathering input from stakeholders, including the military, the civilian leadership, and others, to ensure that we have the tools needed to continue to make the world safer and more prosperous,” the official said.
“Our new strategy will ensure that the US is engaged on an ongoing basis, as well as better informing the world of the government’s strategy for the region.”
The department’s current strategy has been a “tipping point” for many countries who have seen their public diplomacy programs cut by the Pentagon in recent years, the official added.
The move will also “help the department better prepare for the new administration’s priorities, including our continued investments in public diplomacy and public diplomacy outreach”, the official explained.
The Pentagon has been struggling to get the US to do more to improve its diplomatic and foreign policy capabilities in recent decades.
In a speech to Congress last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States “remains the world’s largest military spender and is not going to grow any smaller”.
He said the US was committed to being the “world’s largest peacemaker and largest defender of democracy and human rights”.
“We will be the world leader in diplomacy, the world-leading state in human rights, the foremost advocate of peace and security in the world,” Kerry said.
US President Donald Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2018 included $1.1 billion in military funding, which is a cut of 5.9 per cent compared to the previous year.
Trump’s administration has previously proposed cutting more than half of the US military budget to $631 billion, while some of the cuts have come in recent weeks.