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U.S. Image Abroad Will Take Years to Repair, Official Testifies

Margaret D. Tutwiler, in her first public appearance as the State Department official in charge of public diplomacy, acknowledged Wednesday that America’s standing abroad had deteriorated to such an extent that “it will take us many years of hard, focused work” to restore it. Ms. Tutwiler, the former ambassador to Morocco, was recently tapped to try to address rising hostility toward the United States in much of the Muslim world. In testimony before a House appropriations subcommittee, she agreed with the main findings of an independent panel that American outreach has suffered from budget cuts and neglect since the end of the cold war. Full Story

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