With nearly 600 locations worldwide, American Spaces are strategically powerful public diplomacy tools that support U.S. foreign policy goals by providing technologically modern and welcoming places for direct foreign audience engagement.
American Spaces include American Centers, American Corners, and Binational Centers, all of which operate on different models. The majority are managed through institutional partnerships that provide tremendous value, generally with rent-free space and no-cost staff support.
Programs at American Spaces are free and open to the public, equipping the U.S. government with effective and attractive platforms for person-to-person foreign interaction on topics including media literacy, economic development and American culture, society and values.
The direct audience engagement at the core of American Spaces provides the U.S. government with influential opportunities to counter disinformation, promote policy objectives and exert a strong, positive impact on how the United States is understood and viewed around the world.
In countries including Ukraine and China, American Spaces counter disinformation with media literacy campaigns and workshops that show journalists, students and other members of the public how to recognize and push back against inaccurate reporting and news hoaxes.
American Center Moscow held more than 100 educational, cultural and English learning events and activities in April 2017. With 60 percent of attendees between ages 18-35, this opened broad opportunities for the U.S. Mission to positively engage and impact Moscow’s youth audience.
Entrepreneurship and STEM activities at American Spaces across the globe — including Yangon, Pristina, Abuja, Paraguay and the Gambia — promoted economic development by helping young people develop business and technological skills that will benefit them and their nations’ economies.
Overcoming local government resistance, American Centers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City screened a clip reel of “The Vietnam War” documentary series, with panel and audience discussions that provoked strong emotional reactions and emphasized a narrative of reconciliation.