Harold Pachios is a member of the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. In 1993 he was nominated by President Clinton as a member of the Commission and served as chairman of the group from 1999 to 2003. The Commission, and its Washington staff, advise the President, Secretary of State, and Congress on public diplomacy programs carried out by the State Department and embassies throughout the world. Pachios is also currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Public Diplomacy.
Pachios was also Associate White House Press Secretary under President Lyndon B. Johnson from 1965 to 1967, and is also a founding partner of the global law firm Preti Flaherty.
In 2002, working with an independent task force on Public Diplomacy, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, Pachios assisted in the creation of a national strategy to reform US public diplomacy efforts in order to set out formal goals for the nation’s with terrorism. The report affirms that it is of critical national interest to raise the US’s image abroad and necessary to commit resources to public diplomatic efforts. The report details several public opinion polls conducted in the Middle East and makes recommendations on which to improve US endeavors.
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