State Department Diplomats Talk Careers

About 40 State Department career diplomats specializing in public diplomacy gathered on August 27 for a discussion of careers.  Council Associate Member Lia Miller convened the group.  Diplomatic postings, advancement and how to move up in the organization were prime topics during the round-table style meeting.  In the picture, a number of participants network after the meeting.  To view a recent report on this subject, click on Read More below.

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The Race to "Win" Africa

Tuesday, September 1st 2015

Most academics and scholars agree that the advent of the 21st century is bringing a change in the global political landscape and providing traditionally-known developing powers, such as China, with the opportunity to challenge the traditionally hegemonic Western powers, such as the U.S. In fact, these two nations specifically are coming head-to-head on a variety of different issues in a variety of different sectors, one of which is having influence over natural resources and industry in African nations.

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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

Author: Tara Schoenborn

Quotable: Graeme Wilson on "What ISIS Really Wants"

Sunday, August 30th 2015

The March, 2015, issue of The Atlantic included an essay, “What ISIS Really Wants,” by contributing editor Graeme Wood.  The editors introduced the article by saying, “The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse.” 

 

Graeme’s long essay described:

--  how the “very Islamic” Islamic State differs from al-Qaeda, Wahhabism, and Salifism;

--  the justifications for the caliphate in Islamic scripture, especially as a condition for salvation;

--  the religious obligation to revive the caliphate, and the caliph’s obligation to implement shari’a;

--  “the prophetic methodology” and views of the apocalypse;

--  devotion, executions, punishments, slavery, apostacy, prophecy, and jihad.

 

Public Diplomacy practitioners, even those serving in countries far from the Islamic world, need to understand the contours of the Islamic State in the realm of ideas.  Graeme’s article provides an introduction.

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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

The Debate About Violent Extremism

Wednesday, August 26th 2015

A number of recent articles in the American press have shed light on whether and how the flow of young people into the so-called Islamic State can be abated.  My colleague Don Bishop has chronicled most of them in his “Quotable” series on this blog.  Four writers have captured my attention; anyone interested in this should take the time to read them.

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Joe B. Johnson

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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: James Glassman on a communications strategy to defeat Daesh (III)

Tuesday, August 25th 2015

James Glassman, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs now at the American Enterprise Institute, concluded his series of essays on a communications strategy to defeat Daesh on August 25, 2015.  His “Time to whip ISIS on the Internet, Part 3: Getting public policy right” appeared on the TechPolicyDaily website.  The final essay emphasized that an open internet and a “confident expression of American ideals” are essential elements of a strategy.

 

Defeating ISIS will require a unique combination of tools – a strong defense of American values on the Internet and beyond, a smart messaging strategy, cooperation between the government and the private sector, and more.  Among these tools, however, is something policymakers may not expect: An open Internet.

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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: Nancy Scola on the messaging war against ISIL

Monday, August 24th 2015

In an essay appearing in Politico on August 12, 2015, “Obama's anti-ISIL push falls flat on social media,” Nancy Scola, who writes for the Washington Post, Politico, and other outlets on “the intersections of technology, politics, and public policy,” reported “The White House has floundered in its attempt to enlist social media companies in the messaging war against ISIL as Washington seeks to counter the terrorist group’s prowess online.”

 

The administration made clear it expected the tech world’s help at an anti-terrorism summit in February, saying the industry would take a lead role in developing the Internet pushback against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.  But six months later, companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter have largely avoided getting involved, according to interviews with more than a dozen U.S. officials, tech representatives and civil society groups.

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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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