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International Relations and Culture
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Doug Wilson calls for a return to the successful U.S.I.A. strategy of libraries and cultural centers, "especially in poor and developing nations where domestic information resources remain limited. This strategy may prove most effective in Muslim nations, as the U.S. seeks to win the hearts and minds of the next generation of Islamic leaders."
Reckoning with radical Islam
Indianapolis Star (IN), 8/13/2007
Lee Hamilton opines that public diplomacy is a key strategy for winning "the battle of ideas that is taking place within the Islamic world." That includes "more scholarships, exchange programs and American libraries in Muslim countries, and more funding for the kind of outreach and international broadcasting that we used to reach across the Iron Curtain during the Cold War."