Report of an Independent Task Force Cosponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Frank C. Carlucci, Chair, Ian J. Brzezinski, Project Coordinator
"The department’s professional culture is predisposed against public outreach and engagement, thus undercutting its effectiveness at public diplomacy and undermining its coordination not only with Congress, but also with other agencies of the U.S. government," - asserts the report
"The Department of State is impaired by a professional culture that emphasizes confidentiality over public diplomacy and public affairs.The department’s professional culture remains predisposed to “information policing” rather than “information providing.” (...)
Revamping the department’s culture, procedures, and infrastructure is critical to ensure that it not only can execute effectively U.S. foreign policy, but also that it can contribute effectively to the development of U.S. national security policy."
The report names "[t]ransform[ing] the Department of State’s culture into one of openness and public outreach" among the top priorities for the reform process. "If the department is going to operate effectively in the information age, it will have to adopt a culture of greater openness and direct greater energy toward public outreach and engagement" - argue its authors
Source: Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy reading materials
Contributed by Andrei Mikheyev