Dan Whitman Unpacks Propaganda and Public Diplomacy for Future Diplomats

On May 16, 2024, with the support of the Transatlantic Dialogue Center, an online lecture titled “Propaganda and Public Diplomacy” was held for the students of the Educational and Scientific Institute of International Relations. The lecture was given by Dan Whitman, an American diplomat, professor at George Washington University, and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI). During the lecture, Whitman outlined the theoretical foundations and historical origins of propaganda, providing various approaches to its definition, significance, and manifestations in international relations. Whitman offered several examples of the use of propaganda slogans from U.S. history.

The American professor proposed several approaches to defining public diplomacy and presented its main manifestations in the foreign policies of modern states, emphasizing the use of public diplomacy by democratic countries in today’s world, in contrast to propaganda. He also highlighted the importance of critical thinking and media literacy in countering manipulations and disinformation, which are often integral components of propaganda.

The lecture sparked lively interest among the students, who had the opportunity to ask Professor Whitman questions and receive detailed answers. This not only contributed to a deeper understanding of the topic but also actively engaged the youth in discussing current issues in international relations. Such events enable students to expand their knowledge and develop a critical perspective on world events.

This format of online lectures by leading experts is essential in preparing future international relations specialists, providing them with the latest knowledge and tools for analyzing complex international processes. Collaboration with international institutions and experts like Dan Whitman is an integral part of the educational process, enhancing the level of student preparation and their competitiveness in the global job market.