Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Friday, April 24th 2015
Remember trolls? They used to be mythical creatures from children’s stories who lurked in caves or under bridges.
Not any more. Today’s trolls now lurk online, where they attack Western values, defend Vladimir Putin, and do whatever they can to plant nutty conspiracy theories and disrupt rational discussions on news and opinion websites.
They’re not hard to find. Just look in your computer.
Internet “trolls” are not a new phenomenon, but the pro-Russian kind have been attracting increased attention lately thanks to reports from The Guardian and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others, which have pulled the curtains back on where the trolls work (many in St. Petersburg, Russia), what they do, and how they’re paid (by quantity, not quality).
U.S. public diplomacy practitioners are clearly under fire in this information war, so how should they fight back?
Tuesday, April 21st 2015
Congress has begun to examine how to reorganize the United States government’s broadcasting to the rest of the world. It’s overdue, but it needs to be done right, says the Public Diplomacy Council.
Yesterday, the Council commended the House Committee on Foreign Affairs for focusing on the issue, but it noted that a bill passed by the House last year had flaws that would have lowered the effectiveness of America’s international broadcasting and raised costs.
The Council encouraged the Committee to hold hearings, conduct a fresh review of the issues and write new legislation.
The Council’s letter to Chairman Royce outlined principles to guide any new legislation – to unify broadcasting under a single Board and CEO, to affirm the Voice of America charter, and to allow all the networks to broadcast all the news.
Members of the Council include public diplomacy professionals both active and retired, academics and others who advocate for high professional standards in U.S. public diplomacy including broadcasting.
Click "Read More" for the text of the letter and leave us a comment with your opinion.
Friday, April 10th 2015
PDC will be co-sponsoring this year's SFWAF Annual Symposium. Click on Read More for details.
Wednesday, April 8th 2015
The April, 2015, issue of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings includes an article, “Hear This -- Russia: Constrain, Not Contain,” by Commander Daryk Zirkle, the deputy director of Intelligence for U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa. (He also served as an information-operations planner in Iraq.)
Wednesday, April 8th 2015
In his press briefing with Secretary of Defense Hagel on August 21, 2014, these remarks by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not receive prominent coverage.