The British Council: Role Model for Public Diplomacy?

Council Member James Bullock poses a question for Paul Smith, Director of the British Council USA, who discussed the British Council's role in the U.S. and in Afghanistan.  The First Monday Forum took place June 6.

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Welcome to the Council's new Fellow

Monday, June 27th 2016

As of July 1, Alma Burke joins us as the 2016-2017 Public Diplomacy Council Fellow. This fall she will begin studies in the International Media Masters program at American University, our co-sponsor of the PD Council fellowship. You can see Alma’s impressive background at her new Contributor Profile.

Our members and readers will be hearing frequently from Alma, who will relocate to the Washington area later this summer.  Our fellow serves as this site’s webmaster, coordinates events like the PDC/USC Annenberg Lunch Forum, and manages various other aspects of the Council’s business.  As we bid a fond farewell to Tara Schoenborn, who has wound up her fellowship and her master’s program at AU, we welcome Alma to the Council and the world of public diplomacy.

This is the third year that American University’s School of Communication and the Public Diplomacy Council have jointly sponsored this fellowship.  It allows a graduate student interested in public diplomacy to gain related experience and skills.  Our Vice President, Dr. Robert Albro, manages the program.   Our previous two fellows were Jesselle Macatiag and Tara Schoenborn.

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Joe B. Johnson

Board member

 

Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Quotable: Aaron Lobel on a creative power strategy through media partnerships

Wednesday, June 29th 2016

Partnering the creative power of American media with filmmakers and broadcasters in the Middle East to counter extremism was the subject of Dr. Aaron Lobel’s testimony at the June 23, 2016, hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “Countering the Virtual Caliphate.”  Lobel is the Founder and President of America Abroad Media.  His full testimony will surely stimulate every Public Diplomacy professional. 

 

He argued that “the focus of the United States’ strategy should be on enabling, supporting and amplifying the best local partners and indigenous voices in the greater Middle East.”  “This approach will yield far better results than trying to manage an information or counter-messaging campaign from Washington,” he argued.  He cited examples from the Cold War, and he suggested “how we can unleash the creativity of Hollywood to help transform the Arab drama and entertainment industry.”

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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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Quotable: Michael Lumpkin on fighting terrorism online

Tuesday, June 28th 2016

“The Obama administration is ramping up its efforts to fight terrorism online as extremist Islamic groups seek to motivate homegrown attackers,” reported Kristina Wong in a June 25, 2016, article, “How the US is working to defeat ISIS online,” in TheHill.  Wong interviewed Michael Lumpkin, Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center (GEC) at the Department of State.  Some key paragraphs:

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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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Quotable: Peter Neumann on counter-narratives and the need for scale

Tuesday, June 28th 2016

“ISIL has been more successful and effective in exploiting the internet than any group I have seen in 17 years of researching terrorism,” said Peter Neumann in his testimony before the June 23, 2016 hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “Countering the Virtual Caliphate.”  Neumann is Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London.  “The sophistication of some its media products, the range of platforms it uses, the way it segments according to audiences, and how it has succeeded – at times – in dominating the conversation, all this is unprecedented,” he added.  Here are more comments:

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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

Quotable: Ed Royce on CVE that needs “separation and distance from the U.S. government”

Tuesday, June 28th 2016

“An unfortunate irony in the effort to combat ISIS recruitment online is that the United States – the world’s leader in technological innovation -- is hardly in the game. To protect Americans at home and abroad, this must change.”  Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, thus opened a Congressional hearing on “Countering the Virtual Caliphate” on June 23, 2016.  Here are some excerpts of his opening statement:

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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

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