South African Public Diplomacy in Action

A class from Washington DC's Orr Elementary School poses outside the Embassy of South Africa, which hosted them as part of the Embassy Adoption Program run by Washington Performing Arts.  The program lets students at 52 Washington DC elementary schools study 52 different embassies - and then visit the embassies at the end of the school year.

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Evaluation & Measurement in PD: India's Diaspora Diplomacy

Wednesday, July 1st 2015

With increased globalization and technologies, migration has also increased, which means that now more than ever before, there are larger diaspora populations living outside of their homelands and that diaspora diplomacy, or “engaging a country’s overseas community to contribute to building relationships with foreign countries,” is becoming even more important. Many rising countries, such as India, whose diaspora has grown to over 25 million worldwide, are just starting to realize the potential that large overseas communities can have in improving soft power.

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Tara Schoenborn is a fellow with the Public Diplomacy Council and a graduate student in American University’s International Media program. She earned her B.A. at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication with degrees in public relations and political science and a minor in Spanish. ...click authors name for more info

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Quotable: Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the war of ideas

Tuesday, June 30th 2015

Ayaan Hirsi Ali has published a long essay, “A Problem From Heaven: Why the United States Should Back Islam’s Reformation,” in the July-August, 2015, issue of Foreign Affairs.  Public Diplomacy practitioners will want to read her (surely controversial) full argument, her policy proposals, her regard for the work of the U.S. Information Agency, and her praise of Secretary Clinton’s insight not to abdicate “the ideological arena.”  In the interests of brevity, however, here’s her review of the dilemmas faced by Public Diplomacy policy makers since 9/11.

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

Anti-Social Media: When a Nuisance Turns Into a Threat

Tuesday, June 30th 2015

The lid has been lifted on at least part of Russia’s “Internet Research Agency” in St. Petersburg as disaffected Internet trolls have been revealing to reporters how the covert corps of cyber-provocateurs working there has been spreading propaganda in favor of President Vladimir Putin and attacking his perceived enemies on international blogs and news and opinion websites.

Most of us have seen evidence of that online. But other information is also starting to emerge, this time of operations that raise disturbing new questions about whether Russia’s online agitators have graduated from creating minor nuisances to becoming serious national security threats to the U.S. and other countries.

Three disturbing incidents were described by Adrian Chen in a June 2 article in The New York Times Magazine. The first occurred on the Louisiana coast last Sept. 11, when social media suddenly erupted with hundreds of reports, some with photos and video, warning of a toxic leak in a nearby chemical plant. Reporters, TV stations and politicians from Louisiana to New York were besieged with Twitter, Facebook and email accounts of a disaster. A page describing the leak appeared on Wikipedia, and messages linked to stories about it on CNN, local news websites, and YouTube, which showed a video of Isis terrorists claiming credit.

The only trouble was, none of it was true. The emails, texts, Twitter and Facebook posts were all sent from phony accounts. The CNN and other news media web pages had been faked, and so had the YouTube video and Wikipedia page.

No chemical leak had occurred. There was no danger. And fortunately, no one panicked. But someone – or, more accurately, a group of people – had gone to a lot of effort to try to create a panic.

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David S. Jackson

David Jackson is a veteran journalist and former U.S. government official with extensive multimedia communications experience in domestic and international markets.

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Quotable: Anne Applebaum on "peddlers of disinformation" who sow chaos

Sunday, June 28th 2015

In an op-ed, “America’s Foreign Policy Recovery,” in the Washington Post on June 13, 2015, columnist Anne Applebaum commented:

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A Minister-Counselor in the State Department's Senior Foreign Service when he finished his federal career, Donald M. Bishop is a trainer, speaker, and mentor in Public Diplomacy and Communication. He also speaks on history and leadership. After serving as President of the Public Diplomacy Council, he now is a member of the Board of Directors.

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Author: Donald M. Bishop

June 29 and July 4: ISIS and the US celebrate anniversaries

Sunday, June 28th 2015

Both ISIS and the US celebrate anniversaries this week, and as the week begins, the focus is on ISIS, including lengthy stories in the New York Times, notably http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/world/americas/isis-online-recruiting-american.html, and advice from a Google expert that “ISIS is having a viral moment on social media and the countervailing viewpoints are nowhere near strong enough to oppose them” (more at

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