As part of my Advanced Public Diplomacy course at Syracuse University. Public diplomacy describes the practice of engaging foreign publics with the purpose of supporting foreign policy initiatives. In this project, I created a mock brief that would be given to a new U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines outlining U.S.-Philippines relations, history, past public diplomacy measures, and recommended initiatives.
The primary focus of current U.S. foreign policy in the Philippines is to ensure regional stability. This foreign policy objective has led to the establishment of a renewed security agreement between the U.S. and the Philippines–the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Additionally, the U.S. supports a number of infrastructure and economic development projects in addition to a number of programs aimed at improving anticorruption efforts and governance programs in the Philippines.
I recommended three improvements to existing public diplomacy efforts in the Philippines. First was increasing engagement with the Filipino diaspora in the U.S. through the publication of regular opposite editorials (Op-Eds) in popular Filipino-American newspapers. The second and third recommendations
involved increased engagement with alumni of the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) programs and the International Leadership Visitor Program (IVLP) by offering regular networking opportunities and the creation of a regular newsletter.